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Tracking tournament scores and updates from Great 8 and Final 4 - VOTE NOW for your 5A girls hoops predictions

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Tracking tournament scores and updates from Great 8 and Final 4 - VOTE NOW for your 5A girls hoops predictions

KUSA – 9NEWS will be covering the 2015 high school girls basketball state tournaments the week.  The Class 5A girls Great 8 play starts Friday, March 6 at the Denver Coliseum.

The Final 4 and State Championship will be held at CU’s Coors Events Center on Thursday, March 12 and Saturday, March 14 respectively.

Final 4 pairings are in — VOTE NOW for your predictions:



Check back later for a link to the 5A boys basketball state tournament live blog.

These match ups are organized from the earliest game to the latest:

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FINAL SCORE: No. 1 Highlands Ranch 43, No. 2 Cherry Creek 47
Lady Falcons Coach: Caryn Jarocki
Record: 21-5, 9-1 Continental League

A 64-53 win over No. 5 Castle View lifted the Highlands Ranch to the 5A Great 8.  The Lady Falcons have a whopping seven hoops state championships, with the most recent title in 2011.  Highlands Ranch is tied with Wray for the second-most state titles in Colo. girls basketball.

Lady Bruins Coach: Chris Curneen
Record: 20-7, 13-1 Centennial League

Cherry Creek finds itself in the Great 8 after a 58-54 win over No. 3 Grand Junction.  The Lady Bruins are in pursuit of the very first girls hoops state title, and haven’t made a championship game appearance since losing to ThunderRidge in 2004.

Quick Game Recap – Check back later for more information, stats and extended highlights
This Great 8 game started off extremely slow.  Maybe it’s something about having all eyes on you at the Denver Coliseum, but there was a lot of poorly lobbed shots and wild passes in the first half.  And, there was an awful lot of really loud sneezing coming from the audience as well – notably during the free throw shots.  Strange allergies, huh?  Halftime score: Cherry Creek 23, Highlands Ranch 20

But once the second half started, it was very clear this was going to be a brand new game.  It was the Lady Bruins who brought the physicality in the first half, but the Lady Falcons set the intensity factor real high in the second.  In fact, this was such aggressive basketball, it went all the way down to the last seconds i.e. Creek up 45-43 with ten seconds left.  There were some very, very clutch plays from both squads.

Creek sophomore PF Molly Rohrer, sophomore SF Laura Pranger, and freshman SG Brittanee Bivins were highly impressive, and had huge plays that helped the Lady Bruins advance to the 5A Final 4.  Pranger dropped 16 points, with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.  Rhorer finished with 11 points, 6 boards and 3 blocks.  Bivins finished with 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Ranch freshman G Tommi Olson, junior F Blaire Braxton, junior G Symone Starks, and sophomore F Leilah Vigil all helped their Lady Falcons out with critical plays.  This squad didn’t seem to start off the game as aggressively as Creek – but still gave the Lady Bruins a run for their money.  Blaire Braxton finished with 9 points, grabbed 10 boards and blocked one shot.  Starks finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds.  Vigil finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  With only one senior on the team, we’ll probably see these young ladies again in next year’s tournament.

No. 2 Cherry Creek plays No. 1 Broomfield on Thursday, March 12 in the Final Four.

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FINAL SCORE: No. 1 Monarch 70, No. 6 Fairview 42
Lady Coyotoes Coach: Gail Hook
Record: 24-2, 11-1 Front Range League

Monarch advanced to the Great 8 with a 51-47 victory over No. 4 Fossil Ridge.  The Lady Coyotes hope to bring home the very first girls basketball championship for Monarch.

Lady Knights Coach: Rod Beauchamp
Record: 16-11, 7-5 Front Range League

Fairview proved to be a the dark house, yet dominant force by knocking No. 3 Denver East out of the tournament in the second round, but slid into the Great 8 with a close 56-54 triumph over No. 7 Fruita Monument.  Fairview’s single girls hoops state title dates back to 1985.

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The game started out pretty neck-and-neck.  Fairview was still hanging tough with the No. 1 seed there for awhile.  But then the Lady Coyotes started dominating in the second quarter.  Halftime score: Monarch 28, Fairview 23.

Monarch held Fairview to only 6 points in the third. And the Coyotes’ student section was some type of vicious as well, letting “AIRBALL! AIRBALL!!” cheers fly like it was ‘bring your kite to school’ day.  But Monarch proved to be just too much for the Lady Knights.

Monarch sophomore G Peyton Carter hit three triples, and ended with 11 points and 2 rebounds; stud senior G Raegen Rohn dropped 20 points, with 2 rebounds and 2 assists; junior G/F Macy Scott had 9 points and grabbed 5 boards; And sophomore F Jasmine Jeffcoat walked off the court with 15 points and 8 boards.

Fairview senior wing Annika Lai hit three of five treys, made all six of her free throws — she dumped 21 points with 4 rebounds, one dime and two blocks; sophomore post Grace O’Neill was the master shot blocker of the game with a whopping four shots blocked — O’Neill also grabbed 7 defensive boards and dished out an assist.

Jazzy Jeffcoat and her Lady Coyotes are still shooting for a state championship.

No. 1 Monarch plays No. 1 ThunderRidge in the Final 4 on Thursday, March 12.

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FINAL SCORE: No. 1 Broomfield 65, No. 2 Lakewood 39
Lady Eagles Coach: Mike Croell
Record: 24-2, 12-0 Front Range League
Broomfield steamrolled its way into the Great 8 with a dominant 73-53 win over No. 4 Pine Creek.  In school history, the Lady Eagles boast five state titles, all back-to-back in 4A: 2007-2011.

Lady Tigers Coach: Chris Poisson
20-6, 13-1 Jeffco League

It was definitely a nail biter, but Lakewood came out on top in the Sweet 16 with a too-close-for-comfort final score of 86-83 over No. 3 Grandview.  The Lady Tigers are making an impressive run towards what could be Lakewood girls basketball’s first state championship.  Sidebar: Coach Poisson can and will whip out a lineup that features – wait for it – FIVE 6-FOOTERS.  That’s pretty common, right?

Quick Game Recap – Check back later for more information, stats and extended highlights
Another game that started very closely —  After the first quarter, Lakewood led Broomfield 12-8.  There was no clear dominant team, that is, until the second quarter.  The Lady Tigers started turning the ball over left and right, allowing Broomfield to grab a cool 16 points off turnovers.  Broomfield added a lot of depth from the bench as well, tacking on 15 points, compared to Lakewood’s zero bench points at halftime.  Broomfield ended the second with a 9-0 run, and also, the upper hand in this battle.  Moving forward, the Lady Tigers needed to watch turnovers.  Halftime score: Broomfield 31, Lakewood 21.

In the second half is when this match up started turning into a rout.  Ultimately, turnovers killed Lakewood.  The Lady Tigers had a whopping 23 turnovers that Broomfield turned into 36 points.  Lakewood hung in for an entire half, but the Lady Eagles players and legendary coach Mike Croell started having their own way with this game.  After losing in the 4A championship last year to Mesa Ridge, Broomfield is out for blood this year, and the Lady Eagles just so happen to be looking for it in 5A instead.

Broomfield senior wing Callie Kaiser scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds; senior wing Nicole Lehrer had 12 points, 4 boards and 2 assists.  But the most impressive players were arguably “The Brennas” — senior PG Brenna Chase went for 13 points, 6 boards, one dime and one block and post Brenna Fankell dropped 19 points, grabbed 12 boards and dished out one assist.

Lakewood was led completely by junior F McKenna Bishop with 14 points, 9 boards and one dime.  Junior G Marisela Perez also helped the Lady Tigers out with 8 points and 2 rebounds.

No. 1 Broomfield plays No. 2 Cherry Creek in the Final 4 on Thursday, March 12.

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FINAL SCORE: No. 1 ThunderRidge 57, No. 3 Ralston Valley 36
Lady Grizzlies Coach: Paula Krueger
Record: 25-2, 11-0 Continental League

In a victorious 46-26 mark over No. 5-seed (and No. 1 rival) Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge girls are in the Great 8.  Oh yeah, and the No. 1-seeded TR boys are also representing the school well in their own Great 8.  The Lady Grizzlies are looking to add a fourth state title to the resume, with the last championship in 2005.

Lady Mustangs Coach: Jeff Gomer
Record: 19-7, 13-1 Jeffco League

In a 53-41 upset over No. 2 Rampart, Ralston Valley finds itself faced with the challenge of playing the undefeated Continental League champs.  If the Lady Mustangs can pull another upset, the very first girls hoops state title is still a reality.

Quick Game Recap – Check back later for more information, stats and extended highlights
ThunderRidge jumped all over Ralston Valley from the tipoff.  The Lady Grizzlies held the Lady Mustangs to only 4 points in the first quarter.  Halftime score: ThunderRidge 25, Ralston Valley 14.

Junior post Jaz’Myne “Jazzy Hammer” Snipes did some work for the Lady Grizzlies with an impressive 14 points and 8 boards.  She just makes it look easy, really.  Junior guard Taylor Rusk was the squad’s leading scorer, dropping 19 points and grabbing 8 boards.

Check out photos from the Lady Grizzlies vs. Lady Mustangs Great 8 playoff game.

No. 1 ThunderRidge plays No. 1 Monarch in the Final 4 on Thursday, March 12.

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5A Powerhouses — Since 2000, Highlands Ranch and ThunderRidge combined have claimed ten of the last fifteen state titles.  In fact, at the turn of the century, it was completely the “HR-TR Show,” with both schools taking three-peat turns with one another for eight years (HR: 2000, 2001, 2002; TR: 2003, 2004, 2005; HR: 2006, 2007, 2008).

Another notable mention on this list is Regis Jesuit.  Regis Jesuit had the potential to three-peat this year (2009, 2013, 2014), but lost a second round 54-53 heartbreaker to No. 3-seeded Grand Junction.  And who took down Grand Junction?  Cherry Creek.

New kids on the block — Broomfield girls hoops is a well-known 4A powerhouse, but this is the first year the Lady Eagles are playing in Class 5A.  Well, finishing undefeated in league play and making it to the Great 8 ain’t too bad.

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