Girls' basketball capsules for 5A, 4A, 3A state tournaments

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Photo - Doherty head coach Pat McKiernan coaches from the bench during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Liberty High School. Doherty won 57-43.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Doherty head coach Pat McKiernan coaches from the bench during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Liberty High School. Doherty won 57-43. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The 5A and 4A tournaments move into the quarterfinals of their respective tournaments, while 3A teams step into the first round of the state tournament.

Colorado Springs Christian School gets to host a regional pod, while the other area teams in 5A, 4A and 3A are on the road.

Class 5A

Quarterfinals

No. 7 Doherty vs. No. 2 Grandview

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Denver Coliseum

What to know: This is how it should be, quarterfinals battles between one-loss teams. Doherty (24-1) and Grandview (24-1) met twice in a fall league, with Grandview eking out a close one the first time around and winning a blowout in the second one, according to Spartans coach Patrick McKiernan. The Wolves' only loss is to Florida's Miami Country Day on Dec. 21. The Wolves' 24 wins in Colorado have been by an average of 33.6 points. They are led by Michaela Onyenwere's 20.1 points per game. Doherty's only loss came to Pueblo South, the top seeded team in the 4A bracket. Kalani Poloa (14.7 ppg) and Aubriana Noti (14.4 ppg, 11.3 rebounds per game) lead the Spartans. The winner moves on to the semifinals back at the Denver Coliseum on March 9 to face the winner between No. 11 Regis Jesuit and No. 3 Horizon. 

 

Class 4A

Quarterfinals

No. 7 Mesa Ridge at No. 2 Pueblo West

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Pueblo Central (West gym too small for playoffs)

What to know: Pueblo West (22-3) is coming off a two-point win over No. 15 D'Evelyn. Mesa Ridge (21-4) rallied after a slow start to beat No. 10 Pueblo East. The Cyclones are riding a 10-game winning streak, while the Grizzlies have won eight of nine and are back in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. Grizzlies leading scorer Chloe Welch put up 11 points and 13 rebounds against East, while sophomore post Ashley Bowen scored 18 points and dominated in the paint. The Grizzlies will need to focus on shutting down West's Olivia Lough, who averages 17.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg.

 

Class 3A

First round

No. 29 Strasburg vs. No. 4 CSCS

When: Friday, 3 p.m.

Where: At Colorado Springs Christian School

What to know: In 2014-15, CSCS managed all of five wins. Two years removed, the Lions (20-2) are three-way Tri-Peaks League champions, a host for a regional and the area's highest seeded 3A playoff team. Sophomores Megan Engesser (16.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Rachel Ingram (14.0 ppg) have been instrumental in the resurgence. Strasburg (10-13) is three games under .500, went 3-7 in Patriot League play and yet finds itself in the postseason. Abbi Lowell leads the Indians with 13.2 ppg, 12.8 rpg. The winner will play again Saturday at CSCS at 1 p.m. against the winner between No. 20 Colorado Academy and No. 13 Eaton.

No. 24 Resurrection Christian vs. No. 9 St. Mary's

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Weld Central High School

What to know: St. Mary's (19-3) split the Tri-Peaks League title with CSCS and Lamar, but the Pirates are the only team not to host a regional after losing back-to-back games in the district tournament. Resurrection Christian (15-7) didn't fare much better in its district tourney, dropping two of three games. Freshman Juju Hemeyer leads the Cougars with 15.4 ppg. Three players average in double figures for the Pirates, led by Olivia Florek's 13.1 ppg. The winner will play again at Weld Central on Saturday at 2 p.m. against the winner between No. 25 Jefferson Academy and No. 8 Weld Central.

No. 21 Brush vs. No. 12 Manitou Springs

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: At Faith Christian

What to know: Manitou Springs (14-8) capped its district tournament with an overtime win over rival St. Mary's. The Mustangs should have confidence heading into the playoffs after winning eight of nine. Brush (13-9), which finished fifth in the Patriot League, enters the state tournament off back-to-back losses. Maddy Rule (10.1 ppg) is the only Brush player that averages in double digits. Senior Shelby Megyeri leads the Mustangs in scoring at 17.1 ppg. The winner will play Saturday at 1 p.m. at Faith Christian against the winner between No. 28 Middle Park and No. 5 Faith Christian.