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Doug Wright is covering the 3A Metro League. Doug is the PA announcer for Colorado Academy and has attended at least 5 straight 3A State Tournaments
3A METRO LEAGUE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL REPORT #3
By Doug Wright
Here are our current rankings and an update on the 3A Metro League girls’ teams, which are in the final week of the regular season. There are a few changes from our previous rankings. We also include each team’s RPI, which will say a lot about whether a team will make the State 3A tournament. Several Metro League teams are clustered “on the bubble” around the 32nd and final spot for the State tournament, and the final league regular season and league tournament games are meaningful as a result.
#1 (Previously #1) Lutheran (16-1, 9-0 Metro League, RPI #5) has made short work of all of its Metro League opponents, and should do the same in the Metro League tournament heading into the State tournament. Depending on seeding, we expect the Lions—currently ranked #2 in the MileHigh Prep Report rankings and CHSAA state poll–to make the Final Four at the State tournament.
#2 (Previously #3) Jefferson Academy (12-4, 7-1 Metro League, RPI #16) outscored #1 Lutheran 22-9 in the fourth quarter but couldn’t overcome a 19 point deficit to lose by 6, its first league loss. An encouraging result for the Jaguars, who also defeated previous #2 Skyview Academy. Although Lutheran remains the class of the Metro League, Jefferson Academy has established itself as a strong #2 and a potential Elite 8 contender in the State tournament.
#3 (Previously #2) Skyview Academy (12-3, 5-2 Metro League, RPI #15). The Hawks have suffered losses to #1 Lutheran and #2 Jefferson Academy. Locked into the State tournament based on RPI and with a potential to unseat Jefferson Academy for #2 in the league, the Hawks will need some breaks to make noise in the postseason.
#4 (Previously #4) Faith Christian (7-9, 5-3 Metro League, RPI #23) has played solid basketball in the second half of the season and, as expected, has moved up in the Metro League standings. We anticipate that the Eagles will hold their position into the Metro League playoffs; their RPI should afford them access to the State championship.
#5 (Previously #5) Kent Denver (7-9, 4-5 Metro League, RPI #31) has benefited from the return of leading scorer Amanda Licht to improve on what was looking like a disappointing season. A bubble team for the State tournament.
#6 (Previously #6) Colorado Academy (10-6, 5-3 Metro League, RPI #34) lost a close game at Kent Denver to remain out of the top tier of Metro League teams. Finishing the season against the top three teams in the league in the form of Lutheran, Jefferson Academy and Skyview Academy, the Mustangs now have a tall task to finish the league regular season with a winning record. Those games should benefit Colorado Academy’s RPI win or lose, but a win against at least one of those opponents and in the league tournament may also be necessary to get the Mustangs into the State tournament.
#7 (Previously #8) Prospect Ridge Academy (6-10, 3-5 Metro League, RPI #43) have posted wins over lesser-ranked teams but failed to prevail against the league’s better teams. A convincing win over Bishop Machebeuf is its best victory to date.
#8 (Previously #9) Peak to Peak (7-9, 4-4 Metro League, RPI #33) is on a two game winning streak with victories over Manual and Bishop Machebeuf. A State tournament bubble team, the Pumas must win two of their three remaining league games and perhaps more in the league tournament to advance to the State tournament.
#9 (Previously #7) Bishop Machebeuf (6-9, 3-4 Metro League, RPI #32) posted a nice win over Colorado Academy in January but otherwise has struggled of late with losses to lesser lights Prospect Ridge and Peak to Peak. Also a State tournament bubble team, the Buffaloes need to go 2-2 in their remaining league games and/or win a couple in the league tournament to stay in the hunt for a State tournament bid.
#10 (Previously #10) Manual (4-9, 2-6 Metro League, RPI #53) has struggled through the Metro League, with only a quality win over short-handed Kent Denver and another over cellar-dweller St. Mary’s Academy thus far.
#11 (Previously #11) Stargate School (3-12, 1-7 Metro League, RPI #55) posted a one point win over St. Mary’s Academy, but that may be its only league victory unless it can upend Manual this week.
#12 (Previously #12) St. Mary’s Academy (2-13, 0-8 Metro League, RPI #63) continues its winless streak in the Metro League that has carried over from last season. Another tough season for the Wildcats.
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