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Welcome to regionals: A look at Moffat County girls basketball’s weekend opponents

The players and coaches of Moffat County High School girls basketball will host the Region 8 Tournament Friday and Saturday.

As four basketball teams prepare to push their seasons one final week, only one group can come out victorious by the end of the weekend.

Moffat County High School will be the site of the Region 8 Tournament as part of the 3A CHSAA State Championships Friday and Saturday as the Lady Bulldogs vie for a title with three visiting teams.

Friday sees the Round of 32 at hosting schools across the state, and the number of potential competitors will be cut in half by the end of the night as the action advances to Saturday's Sweet 16. The result will be eight final teams to head to the 3A state quarterfinals March 8 to 10 at University of Denver.

Before moving that far, MCHS girls must fight it out with the athletes visiting Craig — Bishop Machebeuf, Lutheran and The Academy.

Moffat County

At 17-5, the Lady Dogs have been unpredictable this season, a quality that has worked to their benefit more often than not.

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The road to state has had a few speed bumps, yet again and again the Craig bunch has recovered immediately. In terms of rematches, stumbles against Soroco, Olathe and Delta later resulted in three for three in terms of payback, with the Lady Dogs' only unanswered losses to 4A teams Mead and Rifle.

For that matter, the more pressure, the better the outcome.

Still smarting from a defeat to Delta, MCHS girls headed into the regular season closer against Cedaredge, with the then-Western Slope League-leading Bruins anticipating a conference championship, only to have it snatched away by the Lady Dogs as they reclaimed their crown from 2016.

A performance at the district tournament also saw Moffat County battle against Grand Valley and star player Shaya Chenoweth, whose 497 points this season have made her the top scorer in 3A and second among all girls in Colorado. Unimpressed, they maintained their cool to earn the title for the sixth year in a row.

The numbers worked in their favor, comfortably in the top 16 of CHSAA's Ratings Percentage Index — which measures win percentage, opponents' wins and opponents' opponents' wins — to ensure hosting duties, bumped from their No. 11 ranking to eighth.

Heading into this weekend, the Lady Dogs' statistics remain impressive, with their strong point a slight lead over all competing teams in rebounds, averaging 31.6 per game so far, with Brooke Gumber leading the team in boards at 157 and the highest rate in the WSL at 8.3 per game.

On offense, Jana Camilletti puts in 10.9 points per outing and is second only to Chenoweth in conference rankings for free throws made — with a higher rate of accuracy than Chenoweth — as well as sixth in 3A and one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the WSL.

Likewise, Kinlie Brennise has averaged nine points per game, mixing up her shooting between interior and exterior to stand at third in WSL in total field goals.

Bishop Machebeuf

The regional stage is single-elimination, and each team is only guaranteed one match. The Lady Bulldogs' Round of 32 opponent will be the Buffaloes of Denver school Bishop Machebeuf, a frequent postseason visitor to Moffat County.

Machebeuf is 1-1 in Craig in recent years, defeating the Dogs in 2015's Sweet 16, taking a beating to their hosts the following year.

At 13-10, Machebeuf's performance put the Buffs on the lower echelon of the brackets, ranked 25th by RPI, not helped along by the tough competition in the 3A Metro League, where they finished sixth in the regular season and fourth in the district tourney.

Still, the team has had some sizable successes in their schedule, kicked off by a 78-10 win against Sheridan, the largest margin of any teams that will be in Craig this weekend.

Heading the Buffs is Adet Mebany, whose performance has been a veritable Swiss Army knife as the squad's top scorer, rebounder and most notably a leader in blocks.

Mebany's 69 send-backs ranked as the most in the Metro League and among the top five in the 3A division.

Overall, Machebeuf averages 5.2 blocks per game, their greatest strength heading into regionals.

Lutheran

The winner of the MoCo/Machebeuf matchup will move to the next round, and the Sweet 16 is all but certain to be the most intense competition as everyone involved holds back nothing. And, presuming a Friday win, MCHS girls may be torn about the opponent they want to see next.

The first of Friday's games will be between Parker's Lutheran Lions and Westminster's The Academy. The battle of the big cats is one that is tilted toward Lutheran going strictly by the numbers.

Of the four teams involved this weekend, the Lions are by far the highest-scoring at 53.6 points per game, as well as 12.5 assists.

Haley Shaklee's 13.2 points per game makes her the top scorer, hitting 60 three-pointers so far this season, the best outside shooter in the Metro League and second in 3A altogether. At 11.8 points per game, Kate Webster is the group's next best bet, as well as their leader at the free throw line with 60 herself.

The Parker posse holds the same record as Moffat County at 17-2 and likewise won their league, albeit with a 10-0 stretch. The Lions got on a 13-game hot streak late in the season, only to be upended in the district round by the girls of Kent Denver, who ultimately won the top seed in the state tourney.

The defeat at districts combined with a record that was just short of the standard denied regional hosting rights for Lutheran meant the team that was ranked seventh in RPI — and could have risen even further — had to hit the road.

That's just fine for the Lady Dogs, who were twice shut down by the Lions in the Great 8 round of state in 2015 and 2016 and will be looking for a chance to finally get some closure.

The Academy

Though Lutheran holds the advantage on paper, the fourth team in Craig could steal it from either of the higher-seeded teams, and The Academy's capability for takeaways will be worth watching, considering the Wildcats' rate of 17 steals per game.

The Westminster team has had to make the most of rules that haven't benefited them much. Despite winning the 3A/2A Frontier League district championship, the 15-7 Academy were too far down on the RPI chart — 24th — to be considered a regional host, one of two schools that won districts but still finished outside the top 16.

The Wildcats had three of their roster in the top 10 of their league's steals count —Kristine Honomichl, Mary Turner and Elisa Delorenzo.

Additionally, Honomichl had the second-best percentage for free throws in the conference, and Janaya Steffy was ranked fifth in Frontier in three-pointers.

As far as upcoming opponents, the Wildcats are right behind Lutheran in total points per game at 46.2, and their strong defensive skills have spoken for themselves throughout the season, including a 42-0 shutout of winless Jefferson.

Lutheran and The Academy play at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by Moffat County and Bishop Machebeuf at 7 p.m. Winners play at 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission for postseason games is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. For more information, call 970-824-7036.

2018 CHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournaments Class 3A

3A CHSAA girls basketball state championships Region 8 competitors

Moffat County — No. 8 seed, No. 11 RPI

Total season record: 17-5

Conference record: 7-2, Western Slope League championship

District record: 3-0, district championship

Longest win streak: 4 games

Largest win: 38 points, 63-25 vs. Aspen

Narrowest win: 1 point, 41-40 vs. Roaring Fork

Largest loss: 29 points, 54-25 vs. Delta

Narrowest loss: 1 point, 28-27 vs. Olathe

Team statistics — 43.4 points per game, 31.6 rebounds per game, 9.4 assists per game, 13 steals per game, 2.1 blocks per game

Team leaders

Kinlie Brennise — 9 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 2 steals per game; 3rd in WSL in total field goals (69), 7th in WSL in total steals (44)

Jana Camilletti — 10.9 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game, 2nd in WSL in free throw percentage (67) and 3-pointer percentage (34); 3rd in WSL in total 3-pointers (32), 3rd in WSL in total points (240); 6th in 3A state in total free throws (76)

Brooke Gumber — 7.1 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, 1.4 blocks per game; WSL leader in RPG and double-doubles (3), 2nd in WSL in BPG

Jaci McDiffett — 4 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, 1.3 steals per game; 6th in WSL in total offensive rebounds (48)

Madie Weber — 2.9 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game; 7th in WSL in total assists (51)

Bishop Machebeuf — No. 25 seed, No. 25 RPI

Total season record: 13-10

Conference record: 6-5, Metro League 6th place

District record: 1-2, 4th place

Longest win streak: 4 games

Largest win: 68 points, 78-10 vs. Sheridan

Narrowest win: 1 point, 32-31 vs. Peak to Peak

Largest loss: 29 points, 58-29 vs. Lutheran

Narrowest loss: 4 points, 49-45 vs. Skyview

Team statistics — 39.8 points per game, 28 rebounds per game, 9.3 assists per game, 11 steals per game, 5.2 blocks per game

Team leaders

Adet Mabeny — 11.6 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, 3.1 blocks per game; Metro leader and 4th in 3A state in total blocks (69), 2nd in Metro in total field goal percentage (46), 3rd in Metro in total offensive rebounds (70) and double-doubles (5)

Denise Perez — 5.7 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists per game; 5th in Metro in total assists (59)

Sarah Reilly — 3.9 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 1.9 steals per game; 2nd in Metro in charges taken (6)

Angelina Tina — 3.6 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game; 12th in Metro in total defensive rebounds (76)

Paige Wood — 7.1 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, 1.5 steals per game; 10th in Metro in field goal percentage (37)

Lutheran — No. 9 seed, No. 7 RPI

Total season record: 17-5

Conference record: 10-0, Metro League championship

District record: 2-1, district runner-up

Longest win streak: 13 games

Largest win: 40 points, 67-27 vs. Manual

Narrowest win: 3 points, 62-59 vs. Kennedy

Largest loss: 39 points, 73-34 vs. St. Mary’s Academy

Narrowest loss: 3 points, 67-64 vs. Pueblo East

Team statistics — 53.6 points per game, 31.5 rebounds per game, 12.5 assists per game, 15.8 steals per game, 3.7 blocks per game

Team leaders

Sara Larson — 5.4 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game; 11th in Metro in total field goal percentage (45)

Stephanie Schultz — 8.9 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 2.4 steals per game; 5th in Metro in total 3-pointers (23)

Haley Shaklee — 13.2 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 1.4 blocks per game; Metro leader and 2nd in 3A state in total 3-pointers (60), 2nd in Metro in total points (290), 5th in Metro in total blocks (31)

Kate Webster — 11.8 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game, 3.9 steals per game; 3rd in Metro in total free throws (60) and total steals (85), 4th in Metro in total points (260)

Lexi Wilmoth — 4.2 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, 2 assists per game; 9th in Metro in total assists (44)

The Academy — No. 24 seed, No. 24 RPI

Total season record: 15-7

Conference record: 9-3, Frontier League 4th place

District record: 3-0, district championship

Longest win streak: 6 games

Largest win: 42 points, 42-0 vs. Jefferson, 62-20 vs. The Pinnacle

Narrowest win: 4 points, 48-44 vs. Middle Park

Largest loss: 23 points, 70-47 vs. Kent Denver

Narrowest loss: 1 point, 53-52 vs. Bennett

Team statistics — 46.2 points per game, 21.3 rebounds per game, 12.4 assists per game, 17 steals per game, 1.1 blocks per game

Team leaders

Elisa Delorenzo — 7.2 points per game, 2 assists per game, 2.6 steals per game; 10th in Frontier in total steals (55)

Kristine Honomichl — 8.9 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 2.7 steals per game; 2nd in Frontier in free throw percentage (72), 4th in Frontier in total assists (46); 6th in Frontier in total steals (60)

Katelyn Marcus — 7.2 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, 2.3 steals per game; 8th in Frontier in field goal percentage (43)

Janaya Steffy — 4.8 points per game, 2 rebounds per game, 1.8 steals per game; 5th in Frontier in total 3-pointers (17)

Mary Turner — 6.8 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 3 steals per game; 8th in Frontier in total steals (59), 11th in Frontier in total offensive rebounds (48)

— Source: MaxPreps.com

If you go

3A CHSAA girls basketball Region 8 Tournament

Round of 32 games at 5 and 7 p.m. Friday; Sweet 16 at 1 p.m. Saturday

Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

— Lutheran and The Academy play first Friday, followed by Moffat County and Bishop Machebeuf. Winners play Saturday. Admission for postseason games is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. For more information, call 970-824-7036.