13 Reasons Why: The cases for the remaining locals in the 6A-4A 2nd round

Feb. 22—The defending champ hoops teams from Holy Family advanced out of the opening round of their postseason bracket.

The Tigers boys and girls are a win away from getting right back to the Denver Coliseum for the quarterfinals.

Another victory for Silver Creek's boys and Frederick's girls, in the meantime, would get them to unchartered territory, with the Raptors having yet to reach the quarterfinals as a program, and the Golden Eagles not in more than 25 years.

Overall, teams from the Boulder, Broomfield and Longmont area went 13-7 in the first round of the 6A-4A playoffs.

The girls from Broomfield, Erie, Monarch, Longmont and Silver Creek — the boys from Frederick and Fairview — all lost on the road in Round 1.

The five local teams remaining in the girls' brackets are from Mead, Frederick, P2P, Jefferson Academy and Holy Family.

The eight boys' teams are Legacy, Monarch, Broomfield, Silver Creek, Mead, Longmont, Peak to Peak and Holy Family.

Girls' second-round games go Friday. Boys' games are Saturday.


Class 5A

No. 3 Mead hosts No. 14 Mountain View, 6 p.m.

How'd the Mavs get here: Caroline Kron tied her career high with 12 points, while Darby Haley (11 points) and Gianna Wurth (10) rounded out a balanced attack in their 54-31 win over No. 30 Glenwood Springs in the opening round.

Why they can advance: The Mavericks get a tough test against Mountain View and its very talented senior leader, Addison Branscum. She is averaging team highs in points (16.7), rebounds (7.4), assists (2.7), steals (2.0) and blocks (1.0). Probably more if you keep digging.

But the Mavs (20-4) are seeded as one of the best teams in the classification for good reason.

They held their own atop a daunting NCAC during the regular season, splitting games with 4A No. 1 Holy Family and 5A No. 5 Windsor, only to fall out of the lead in the standings in the final days.

They're great at home, where their two losses in 10 games both came by a single point (Windsor 42-41, Feb. 14; Chaparral 61-60, Dec. 20).

No. 8 Frederick hosts No. 9 Vista PEAK Prep

How'd the Golden Eagles get here: Led by Gabby Jima, Zoe Wittler and Kaylee Gardner, the Golden Eagles dominated the first quarter and the entire second half against No. 25 Denver North, beating the Vikings 58-39.

Why they can advance: Jima, a senior, makes what coaches like to call winning plays. Big rebounds. Assists. Strong defense.

In Round 1, she took it further, looking to help get Wittler back in a groove after the team's scoring leader missed three weeks late in the season with a foot injury.

Tuesday, Jima said when she and Wittler are on the court together, both scoring, they'll be a tough out.

Girls basketball: Jima, healthy Wittler help lead Frederick to 1st round win

Class 4A

No. 1 Holy Family hosts No. 16 Moffat County

How'd the Tigers get here: After winning the NCAC, they beat No. 32 ERA by 69 points in the opening round.

Why they can advance: Strange things happen in the postseason but nothing hints at a letdown here for Holy Family.

The defending champs (22-2) are the clear favorites to repeat following a campaign that saw just two losses. The first one came to 5A No. 3 Mead (by five), which they redeemed with a 16-point win over the Mavs earlier in the month. The other was to defending 5A champ Roosevelt (by three).

No. 9 Peak to Peak at No. 8 Kent Denver, 5:30 p.m.

How'd the Pumas get here: Alexandra Eschmeyer had 31 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in their 67-16 win over DSST: Cedar in the first round.

Why they can advance: The Pumas split their season series with Kent Denver, losing by 17 on the road, then beating the Sun Devils by six at home a few weeks later.

Eschmeyer (23.6 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 5.1 BPG), the 6-foot-5 Stanford commit, is the bracket's top player outside of Riverdale Ridge's Brihanna Crittendon (29.2 PPG).

In the Pumas' win over the Sun Devils Jan. 13, Eschmeyer scored 20 on 5-of-10 shooting and had 12 of her team's 24 rebounds.

No. 13 Jefferson Academy at No. 4 Resurrection Christian, 7 p.m.

How'd the Jaguars get here: They used a big run in the opening half to beat No. 20 Berthoud, 54-41, in the first round.

Why they can advance: The Jags will need a lot to go right for them to beat Rez Christian. The Cougars beat them 51-5 back in December.

The Jags will need their offense to put up points to try and keep pace with a team averaging 58 per game. The Jags have scored 50 or more in six games this winter, including in the opening round.

Girls basketball: Jefferson Academy drowns Berthoud with first-half run


Class 6A

No. 14 Legacy at No. 3 Chaparral, 2:30 p.m.

How'd the Lightning get here: Matthew Allshouse scored the go-ahead bucket in the final seconds as Legacy beat No. 19 Legend, 56-55, in Round 1.

Why they can advance: Their win streak now up to 14, the Lightning just keep finding ways to pull things out.

They'll likely need more heroics to beat Continental champ Chaparral, which is led by one of the top players in the state, Gavin Carter (22.9 PPG).

In Legacy's opening round win, Brandon Domsch was key. He scored 22 points on 53% shooting before assisting on Allshouse's winner.

Boys basketball: Allshouse's game-winner sends Legacy into Sweet 16

No. 15 Monarch at No. 2 Mountain Vista, 3 p.m.

How'd the Coyotes get here: After winning a league title for the first time in two decades, the Coyotes leaned on big man Van Nellessen in their 73-67 win over Denver South.

Why they can advance: The 6-foot-8 Nellessen has been a problem for most teams this season. He does all the things you'd expect for someone his size, sure. But he's also dangerous feeding the ball, stretching the floor and shooting from outside the arc.

If Nellessen can assert himself in Round 2, the Coyotes should have a chance at keeping up with Mountain Vista's high-powered offense (69.8 PPG).

Boys hoops: Monarch's Nellessen dunks Denver South into postseason oblivion

No. 17 Broomfield at No. 1 Fruita Monument, 2 p.m.

How'd the Eagles get here: Now winners of seven straight, they beat No. 16 Overland, 75-70. in the opening round.

Why they can advance: Unbeaten Fruita Monument had some problems in its opening-round win over Highlands Ranch. It even trailed at halftime.

The Wildcats went through a league without the depth of what Highlands Ranch, and now Broomfield, had gone through in the Continental and Front Range leagues. That could be showing up here in these playoffs.

Also remember this: Despite the 1-vs.-17 matchup, Broomfield took Fruita Monument to overtime in December before losing 84-79.

Class 5A

No. 5 Silver Creek hosts No. 12 Dakota Ridge, 6:30 p.m.

How'd the Raptors get here: They overcame an injury to sophomore starter Luke Schmeeckle early in the opening round, beating No. 28 Frederick 80-65.

Why they can advance: Looking for their first quarterfinals appearance in program history, the Raptors have depth and talent.

Gabe Selby scored 29 in Wednesday's win, Ashoka Surkhang added 20, and both could go big again Saturday — especially if they're without Schmeeckle.

They just can't have Dakota Ridge's Ethan Berninger completely take over. The junior averaged 23 points per game during the regular season, fourth-best in the class.

Boys basketball: Silver Creek overcomes Schmeeckle's injury; beats Frederick in 5A 1st round

No. 8 Mead hosts No. 9 Palmer, 1 p.m.

How'd the Mavs get here: With their seventh win in eight games, the Mavericks beat No. 25 Pueblo West 75-54.

Why they can advance: Dominic McLawrence is electric on both sides of the floor and junior guard Matthew Angelo is the steady hand guiding the offense.

While this group doesn't have the firepower of recent Mead teams that make deep postseason runs, they've proven they can win on the back of their defense (like its 45-33 win over Longmont, Jan. 5), but can also still light up the scoreboard, scoring 68 or more in four of their last eight games.

No. 16 Longmont at No. 1 Northfield, 1 p.m.

How'd the Trojans get here: A much healthier Trojans team than a month or so ago, they opened the postseason with an impressive win against Pueblo South, beating the No. 17 Colts 48-42.

Why they can advance: The Trojans have played their best over the last month.

Their lone loss over their last six games came in overtime at Silver Creek, 57-56. Health of guys like leading-scorer Cole Corner (15.3 PPG) and talented sophomore Joey Foot is one reason why.

The defense is also in top form. In Round 1, they held Pueblo South's Maurice Austin to 29 points, a bit under his state-leading scoring average (31.6). The rest of Austin's team made just six shots (four from Caeden Herrera).

Class 4A

No. 12 Peak to Peak at No. 5 Colorado Academy, 1 p.m.

How'd the Pumas get here: They beat No. 21 James Irwin 77-51, holding the Jags to just 21-of-74 shooting.

Why they can advance: The Pumas have a three-headed scoring attack in Evan Eschmeyer (15.7 PPG), Tysen Burton (13.9) and Grant Boonstra (13.9).

A month ago, they said they were just getting better and better.

Both of the Pumas' losses to CA this season were by single digits. Eschmeyer and Burton each scored 19 and the Pumas shot 55% in their 65-57 loss on Feb. 8. The problem for the Pumas was the Mustangs outrebounded them 33-20 and shot 11-of-27 from 3-point range.

No. 13 Holy Family at No. 4 Pagosa Springs, 3 p.m.

How'd the Tigers get here: They overcame walking double-doubles from No. 20 Denver West in Jacob Dallas (15.7 PPG, 11.6 RPG) and Jeremiah Parker (14.8, 11.5), beating the Cowboys 64-53 in Round 1.

Why they can advance: More like why not? The Tigers dominated this bracket a year ago as the 17 seed.

They're battle tested out of the 5A-heavy NCAC featuring top 10s in Windsor, Silver Creek and Mead. And they're led by Pete Villecco, known around some basketball circles as one of the best coaches around the state.

On the floor, the Tigers have senior leaders in Gabe Tafoya and Joseph Portillo Jr., both of whom were key to their title run last winter.