Girls Basketball Final Four Predictions (Class 3A thru 1A)
We are reaching the Finish line and have just 4 teams remaining in their respective Classes. Some great matchups take place tonight. Good Luck to all teams fighting for a shot at a State Title.
Playoff Prediction Record: 17-2, 89%
#1 Briggsdale over #4 Flatirons Academy, 3/18 @7pm
Briggsdale cruised into the Final 4 with a 77 to 40 victory over South Baca. Briggsdale played a dominate game and showed in the first quarter taking a 27 to 11 lead. Briggsdale must quickly refocus for a rematch against Flatirons Academy. Flatirons Academy moved into the final 4 following the 56 to 30 victory over Kim/Branson. Flatirons Academy had a great game plan and it showed with the big win. 3 players were in double digits for Flatirons Academy. These two teams faced each other during the regular season with Briggsdale winning 65-60 in OT. I am expecting another great game between two very good teams. I am going with Briggsdale over Flatirons Academy.
#2 Kit Carson over #6 Fleming, 3/18 @5pm
Kit Carson moved into the Final 4 following their second straight come from behind victory over Dove Creek 40 to 38. Kit Carson keeps finding ways to win games and for the second straight game come from behind to win. Kit Carson must use the momentum to face a team they have a lot of history against. Fleming moved into the Final 4 following their hard fought win over Sangre De Cristo 41 to 34. Fleming and Sangre De Cristo traded leads throughout the game but Fleming had the last big run and move into the final 4. Fleming will hope to avenge their loss to Kit Carson from a few years ago in the State Championship game. This will be a great game between two very good teams. I am going with Kit Carson over Fleming in another great one.
Playoff Prediction Record: 15-5, 75%
#4 Rye over #8 Wray, 3/18 @5:30pm
Rye moved into the Final 4 following the dominate win over Rocky Ford 56 to 26. Rye had a great game and took an 18 to 2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Rye reaches the final 4 after missing out a year ago. Rye will face a traditional power in Wray and must be ready. Wray moved into the Final 4 avenging their regular season loss to Holyoke 65 to 58. Wray hit some clutch shots and had a massive performance from Tabby Jones who scored 30 points in the game. Wray looks to reach the state title game and face another team who missed out on the Final 4 a year ago. This will be a great game between two teams who are hungry for a state title. I am going with Rye over Wray and this was not an easy pick. I think both teams are playing their best basketball and both teams have good senior leadership.
#3 Sanford over #10 Limon, 3/18 @5pm
Sanford moved into the Final 3rd straight year following the 35 to 21 victory over Yuma. Sanford played great defense against Yuma and had a big performance from Asia Caldon who scored 21 points in the game. Sanford will face another team with lots of height and interested to see how they adjust. Limon moved into the Final 4 picking up their second straight upset. Limon defeated Cedaredge 41 to 35. Limon defensively had a great game. Limon last played Sanford two years ago when Sanford upset Limon in the Great 8. I do think this will be a good game between two very good defensive teams. I am going with Sanford over Limon in a close defensive battle.
Playoff Prediction: 16-4, 80%
#1 Vanguard over #4 Lutheran,3/18 @7pm
Vanguard cruised into the Final 4 beating Brush 65 to 35. Vanguard played a good game, but the difference was a 23 to 3 3rd quarter that proved to be the difference in the game. Vanguard now face a hot Lutheran team in the Final 4. Lutheran moved into the Final 4 defeating Delta 52 to 36. Lutheran had 3 scorers break the 10-point mark. Lutheran must quickly refocus to face Vanguard in a great matchup in the final 4. I am going with Vanguard over Lutheran. Should be a good game.
#3 Platte Valley over #7 University, 3/18 @6pm
Platte Valley moved into the Final 4 with a 54 to 32 victory over University. Platte Valley had a great first half against Eaton taking a 29 to 8 lead into halftime and never looking back. Platte Valley continues their run against League opponents facing University in the Final 4. University moved into the final 4 with a game winning 3 over Centauri 55 to 53. University lead by 10 heading into the 4th quarter but a late run from Centauri gave the Falcons a 1 point lead. University then hit a 3 to take a 2 point lead and hold onto the win. University will now face league rival Platte Valley and hope to get some revenge. Platte Valley beat University during the regular season 40 to 36. I expect another close game this time around. I am going with Platte Valley over University.