Tracking tournament scores and updates from Great 8 and Final 4 - VOTE NOW for your 4A girls hoops predictions
KUSA – 9NEWS will be covering the 2015 high school girls basketball state tournament the next two weeks. The Class 4A girls Great 8 play starts Friday, March 6 at host high schools.
The Final 4 and State Championship will be held at CU’s Coors Events Center on Thursday, March 12 and Saturday, March 14 respectively.
Check back later for a link to the 4A boys basketball state tournament live blog.
These match ups are organized from the earliest game to the latest:
FINAL SCORE: No. 6 Longmont 61, No. 1 Canon City 48
Lady Trojans Coach: Mike Knaus
Record: 20-6, 11-3 Northern League
Longmont whipped out the first upset over No. 3 Evergreen in the first round, but it was the huge 49-43 upset over No. 2-seeded Pueblo South (five state titles) in the Sweet 16 that thrusts Longmont into the championship debate. It looks like the Lady Trojans may have what it takes to bring home the very first girls basketball championship this year.
Lady Tigers Coach: Dan Heath
Record: 25-1, 14-0 South Central League
Canon City slid into the Great 8 with a close 55-53 victory over No. 4 Pueblo East. The Lady Tigers are gunning for the first girls hoops state title, but have to get through a vicious Longmont squad first – and Longmont is hungry for its own first championship.
FINAL SCORE: No. 2 Sand Creek 59, No. 1 D’Evelyn 56
Lady Scorpions Coach: Frank Haist
Record: 22-3, 14-0 Pikes Peak League
Sand Creek rolled into the Great 8 with a 65-48 triumph over No. 3 Mead. The Lady Scorpions are in pursuit of a first state title.
Lady Jaguars Coach: Chris Olson
Record: 20-6, 14-1 Jeffco League
With a 72-61 victory over No. 4 Silver Creek, the Lady Jaguars took one step closer to bringing home the first girls hoops state championship. D’Evelyn played in the 2012 and 2013 state championships, but lost to Air Academy and Pueblo South respectively.
FINAL SCORE: No. 3 Mullen 45, No. 1 Pueblo West 61
Lady Mustangs Coach: Tyler Cline
Record: 16-10, 8-6 Centennial League
Mullen knocked No. 2 Palisade out of the tournament with a final 47-39 mark. The Lady Mustangs advance to the Great 8 seeking a fifth state title, with the most recent in 2006.
Lady Cyclones Coach: Gil Lucero
Record: 22-4, 10-0 South Central League
Pueblo West completely blew No. 5 Littleton out of the tournament with a dominant 56-28 victory. The Lady Cyclones are playing for Pueblo West’s first girls basketball state title.
FINAL SCORE: No. 2 Valor Christian 53, No. 1 Holy Family 37
Lady Eagles Coach: Jessika Caldwell
Record: 24-3, 13-2 Jeffco League
Valor Christian has unquestionably been one of the most commanding teams in the tournament, annihilating No. 7 Denver North 92-23 in the first round, and stomping all over No. 6 Windsor 70-25 in the Sweet 16. Now, The Lady Eagles get to take a crack at taking down a No. 1 seed and two-time defending 3A state champs. Valor Christian has never won a state title in girls basketball before.
Lady Tigers Coach: Ron Rossi
Record: 21-5, 14-0 Tri-Valley League
Holy Family snuck by No. 5 Air Academy by one bucket (35-33). But don’t let that hinder the fact the Lady Tigers are the No. 1-seed, two-time defending 3A state champs. Oh, and those Tigers sure are hungry for an amazing seventh title. Holy Family is tied with Boulder for the third-most girls basketball state titles in the state – all from 3A victories (2008-2011, 2013, 2014).
A change in 4A landscape — With the departure of Broomfield to 5A this year, really anything could happen in the 4A girls tournament. Especially since another dominant squad arrived from 3A: Holy Family. But still, D’Evelyn, Longmont and Mullen are no strangers to the tournament shuffle. Since 2000, Broomfield and Mullen (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006) have dominated girls hoops, combining for nine of the last fifteen championships. Last time Mullen saw a championship game was a 49-47 loss to Broomfield in 2009. But since Broomfield is not competing in 4A, this opens up a floodgate of possibilities for all Great 8 teams.