Girls Basketball Class 2A Top Ten Breakdown
2A girls could be very competitive this year with 8 team currently emerging as the favorites. A lot can still change especially after break. It will be a very good year to watch how the Top 10 will turn out. I will post Top Ten Breakdowns until we jump full sail into league play then we will move into league predictions and playoff scenarios.
#1 Del Norte (7-0)
Del Norte is off to a very good start at 7-0. Del Norte has picked up some very good quality wins over Salida, Centauri, Sanford, and Sangre De Cristo. Del Norte biggest improvement over last year is when their top scorer fouls out the team seems to come together and pull away from opponents. Del Norte is the favorite to win District 1 with the main challengers being Sanford, Center, South Park, and Sargent. Del Norte though is the clear favorite and beating the main challenger already in Sanford should help boost them the rest of the way. Del Norte is averaging 61 ppg and have 5 girls scoring over 5 ppg. The two leaders for the Tigers are Kendra Parra (25.4 ppg) and Lacie Jones (9.4 ppg) if one of the two are left in the game the Tigers seem to click. Del Norte has completed their December schedule. District 1 is different and when they play their district opponents the first time it does not count towards the District standings. The second time the teams meet it’s a District game. Right after break Del Norte opens play against Crested Butte and Center. Games to look to for Del Norte the rest of the year will be Sanford (x2), Gunnison, and Ignacio.
#2 Wray (6-1)
Wray started the year going 5-0 before running into a very good Dundy County-Stratton team. Wray has played well against Colorado teams going 2-0 and of course beating their rival Yuma in game 1 of 2. Wray opening game win over Yuma surprised a lot of people and has them looking like the team to beat in District 2. Of course, District 2 has 3 teams in the Top 5 (Wray, Yuma, and Holyoke) and all 3 will fight it out for the District crown. Wray is averaging 55.6 ppg as a team with 3 girls scoring over 5 ppg. Wray also has 3 girls scoring over 10 ppg and are Morgan Smith (14.0 ppg), Tabby Jones (13.2 ppg), and Paige Brown (12.5 ppg). Wray has played well early in the season and are hoping to show that the first win over Yuma was not a fluke. Wray picked up a massive win over #5 Holyoke. This is match 1 of 2 with Holyoke and this will be a huge momentum game and when it comes to seeding and RPI a huge game as well. Wray then comes back from break with a game against Burlington and then a massive game against Yuma on 1/11.
#3 Limon (4-1)
Limon off to a very solid start at 4-1. Limon lone loss come to #1 1A Kit Carson 51-38. Limon played well against Kit Carson and will be valuable experience for Limon. Limon has quality win against Colorado Springs School, Ignacio, and Rocky Ford to start their season. Limon is in District 4 and currently are the team to beat in the District. Byers, Front Range Christian, and Denver Christian will be the main challengers to upset Limon in District play. Limon offensively is averaging 46.4 ppg and don’t have any player scoring double digits. Limon is led in scoring by Toni Lopez (9.0 ppg) and Anna Weisensee (8.0 ppg). Limon has one game left in December against Calhan (4-2) and this should be a good test for the Badgers. Limon then comes back from break with a pair of big games against Genoa-Hugo and Denver Christian. This is a critical 3 game stretch for Limon.
#4 Yuma (4-2)
Yuma started their season with back to back losses but have since won 4 straight games and seem to be coming together as a team. Yuma lost to Wray and Norton KS to start the season, but injuries have hurt the team early on. Yuma then picked up a huge win over Simla 37-30 to regain some momentum heading into break. Yuma competes in District 2. District 2 looks to be a 3-team race with Wray, Yuma, and Holyoke as the main contenders. Yuma did loss to Wray to start the season so when they meet it will be a big rematch. Yuma early on has 3 players scoring over 5 ppg and the injury to Casey Blach has hurt the scoring from Yuma. Yuma though has had Cody Robinson step up and is the leading scorer for Yuma with 21.0 ppg. Yuma will need some players to really step up and scoring could be a problem if they can only have 3 girls over 5 ppg. Yuma after break plays their first league game against Akron and then the rematch with Wray is 1/11 and this time this is a league game.
#5 Holyoke (4-2)
Holyoke started their season winning their first 4 games. Holyoke picked up two quality wins in that stretch beating Highland and Haxtun. Holyoke now is on a two-game skid picking up losses to Pine Bluffs WY and Wray. Holyoke played well against Wray falling by just 4 points. Holyoke also competes in District 2 and we have talked plenty about District 2. Holyoke currently looks to be the #3 team but they have yet to play Yuma. Holyoke offensively is averaging 54.2 ppg and have 5 players over 5 ppg. Holyoke is led by Taeryn Trumper (13.6 ppg) and Kristen Vieselmeyer (7.6 ppg). Holyoke is extremely young as well with just 2 seniors so this team will also continue to improve. Holyoke completed their December schedule last night against Wray and open with two very tough games after break. Holyoke plays #2 1A Haxtun and #3 Limon right after break. Holyoke first big league game is against Wray on 1/19.
#6 Swink (3-1)
Swink opened their year playing in the La Junta holiday shootout and they fell in their first game to Centauri 39-35. Swink has bounced back nicely though winning 4 straight games with a quality win over Rocky Ford last night. Swink has not played the hardest schedule and shows with all 4 wins coming by 20+ points. Swink though competes in District 6 and will be challenged in League by at least 3 other teams; Rye, Holly, and Crowley County. Swink offensively is averaging 56.8 ppg and have 4 players scoring over 5 ppg. Brianna Denton (18.0 ppg) and Kyla O’Neal (12.5 ppg) are the scoring leaders for Swink. Swink has not completed their December schedule and have a big-league game against Holly tonight 12/21. This could be for the early advantage in the League Standings. Swink after break plays Las Animas before another big-league game against undefeated Rye. Swink will know their fate in District pretty early on and they are hoping to get off to a solid start.
#7 Simla (5-1)
Simla started the season on a roll winning 5 straight games with quality wins over Calhan and Merino. Simla has played solid basketball to start the season and played well in their lone loss to Yuma falling 37-30. Simla looks like the team to beat in District 8. Simla though will be challenged by Peyton, Calhan, Colorado Springs School, and Dolores Huerta. Simla will have to be ready to battle each of these teams as they hope to make a return trip to state. Simla scoring wise has 5 players scoring over 5 ppg but only 1 girl on the bench scoring any points. Simla does not seem real deep and that is a slight concern. Simla is led in scoring by Kaitlyn Rector (15.3 ppg) and Kegan Hamacher (12.5 ppg). Simla is done with their December schedule and after break have a non-league game against Byers who is a quality opponent. Simla then has a rematch against Calhan which is a league game.
#8 Soroco (7-1)
Soroco is off to a blazing start at 7-1. Soroco opened the year winning their first 5 games with quality wins over Meeker, Rangely, and 4A Mead. Soroco did suffer their first loss of the year to 4A Prairie View. Soroco did bounce back nicely picking up another quality win over 4A Battle Mountain. Soroco will have a slight edge on Meeker and Rangely in District 5. Soroco though will be challenged against by Meeker and Rangely along with Hotchkiss, Plateau Valley, Paonia, Hayden, and West Grand. District 5 still has to sort teams around, but Soroco has to be the early favorite to win District 5. Soroco offensively is scoring 56.1 ppg and are led by Chloe Veilleux (20.4 ppg) and Kayedence Bruner (9.8 ppg) Soroco has 4 players scoring over 5 ppg. Soroco has one last game in December against South Park (5-2). Soroco could pick up another quality win before break and gain some valuable momentum. After break Soroco jumps right into league play with a game against West Grand. Soroco then takes on 1A De Beque who is also off to a very good start. Soroco won’t get many breaks playing in District 5 but we will learn a lot about how good this team is.
#9 Holly (5-1)
Holly started the season winning 5 straight games before running into #1 1A Kit Carson. During Holly winning streak they picked up quality wins over Springfield, Rocky Ford, Walsh, and Wiley. Holly also played Kit Carson without their #2 scorer Kallie Cathcart who was out with an injury. Her injury status is unknown for their game against #6 Swink tonight. Holly competes in District 6 which has 4 solid team including themselves. If Holly is without Cathcart they will need a few players to really step up against a very good Swink team. Holly will look to their #1 scorer Mercedes Rodriguez (19.3 ppg) and Jordan Kalma (6.0 ppg) if Kallie Cathcart (18.0 ppg) is not able to play. As mentioned Holly has a big game tonight against Swink to close out their December schedule. After break Holly plays undefeated Rye and then Fowler. Both games are league games and will go a long way to sorting out the District standings.
#10 Meeker (4-1)
Meeker started their season ranked in the preseason Top 10. An early season loss to Soroco moved them out of the rankings but quality wins over 3A Coal Ridge and 3A Grand Valley has moved them back into the Top 10. Meeker has played really good basketball and it showed in their OT victory over Grand Valley. Meeker plays in District 5 and we mentioned just how deep the league could be. Meeker currently is my pick to finish second in District 5 but of course they would love to get revenge on Soroco, but they will also have to hold off a lot of teams for the #2 spot. Meeker offensively is averaging 55.4 ppg and have 4 players all averaging over 10 ppg. Meeker is led in scoring by Victoria Lasker (13.2 ppg) and Julia Dinwiddie (11.8 ppg). Meeker does not have any other scorer over 5 ppg but seem to have some depth on their bench. Meeker has one last game against 4A Rifle (0-5) in December. After break Meeker jumps into league play with a tough game against 1A North Park and then Caprock Academy.