LONGMONT — The Silver Creek girls basketball team has been so mercurial this season that head coach Dan Kloster has taken to calling this year's group the "Bipolar Express."
When the Raptors are up, they feel like they can compete with any team in the state. When they're down, well, it isn't pretty. That has been the story of 2015-16 for the Raptors, who enter the Class 4A state tournament with a 12-11 record.
What remains to be seen is exactly where on the hot-and-cold spectrum the Raptors will face come the opening round of the state tournament this weekend.
"We've been up and down all season, and that has defined our season," Kloster said. "When we're on and we stick to what we do well, we can play with anybody. When we don't execute and we don't take care of the ball, we can struggle. I'm excited to see which team shows up on Friday night."
On Friday night, the seventh-seeded Raptors will travel to Broomfield to take on second-seeded Holy Family (17-6) in the first round of the 4A state tournament.
Regular-season champions of the 4A Tri-Valley League, the Holy Family Tigers are led by speedy guard Katie Chavez (18.0 ppg) and a slew of dangerous perimeter players. However, should the Raptors find a way to slow down the Tigers running game and focus their attack in the post, they could carve out an advantage with their height and versatile senior forward Jordan Carter.
"Holy Family is tough," Kloster said. "They're very guard-oriented and they execute well, which could give us some problems. But size-wise, it's a favorable matchup."
At 6 foot 2, Carter leads the Raptors, who feature a trio of forwards taller than six foot, with 15.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Junior guard Kayla Noble also averages 11.1 points per game.
The Raptors have won 18 or more games in each of the past two seasons, so they have a fair amount of playoff experience. They'll need whatever experience they can fall back on in order to get past Holy Family. If they can do that, they'll face another tough test against the winner of Friday's first-round matchup between No. 6 Vista Peak Prep and No. 3 Pueblo South on Saturday.
"It will be a tough weekend for us to get through," Kloster said. "But it goes back to the up-and-down thing. When we're on, we're way better than our 12-11 record. But we can show a 12-11 team when we don't play our game. We'll prepare as best we can and try to play a good game on Friday and go from there."
Friday's game between Silver Creek and Holy Family is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.