Girls' basketball 3A state tournament capsules

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Of the final eight teams in the Class 3A girls' basketball state tournament, three are from the Pikes Peak region.

That's the good news. The bad news is that all three are on the same side of the bracket for the next two rounds, so there's no chance of two area teams meeting in the final.

Two of them go head to head in the quarterfinals with the possibility of two meeting in the semifinals.

Here's who tips off Thursday with the hopes of making it to Saturday's final.

Class 3A quarterfinals

No. 12 Manitou Springs vs. No. 4 CSCS

When: Thursday, 4 p.m.

Where: University of Denver, Hamilton Gym

What to know: Colorado Springs Christian School (22-2) has had a fantastic season, especially considering they lost 15 games in 2014-15. The Lions' two losses are to 3A No. 3 Lamar and 5A Fruita Monument, which reached the round of 16 and finished 22-3. The Lions swept the Mustangs (16-8), beating them by three in the regular season and by seven in the league tournament. The Mustangs' 31 points in their first loss to CSCS was the team's lowest output this season. When they reached 35 in the second meeting, it tied for third fewest points scored by Manitou, last season's 3A runner-up. Since the 42-35 loss, the Mustangs have notched a win over rival St. Mary's, blown out No. 21 Brush by 32 and upset No. 5 Faith Christian by 17. Shelby Megyeri leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game, while Calleen Sienknecht and Ariana Olson each average in double digits. Lions sophomore Megan Engesser averages 17.3 ppg, while classmate Rachel Ingram averages 13.8. One of these teams is guaranteed a semifinals spot. The other heads off to the consolation bracket.

No. 9 St. Mary's vs. No. 1 Sterling

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Where: University of Denver, Hamilton Gym

What to know: Sterling (24-0) has been on a bit of a roll these last few years. The Tigers finished 25-2 last season and 26-1 in 2014-15, giving them a record of 75-3 over three seasons. But they haven't won the big one in that span, reaching the final in 2015. St. Mary's (21-3) is hoping to be the latest team to derail the Tigers' hopes. The Pirates haven't been this deep since a surprise run to the final in 2012-13, losing in double overtime. The Pirates bounced back from consecutive losses in the district tournament to Lamar and Manitou with wins over Resurrection Christian and Jefferson Academy by a combined score of 121-57. Sterling's first two playoff wins have been by an even wider margin, as the Tigers dispatched of Venture Prep and Olathe by a combined 92 points. Brooke Polenz is the only Sterling player averaging in double figures with 11.2 ppg. But the Tigers don't need to score a lot when they are holding opponents to an average of 27.3 ppg. St. Mary's has three players in double-digit scoring - Olivia Florek (12.3 ppg), Makenna Bodette (11.7) and freshman Josephine Howery (10.4).