FREDERICK — It’s officially that time of the year when high school basketball coaches across the state of Colorado are doing as much math as their student-athletes.
Figuring out if a team is going to make the 32-team postseason bracket, where that team might be seeded and who that team could possibly play is absolutely top of mind. Trying to calculate where said team stands based on the CHSAA’s four-factor formula for postseason qualification and seeding can easily thrust prep coaches into an endless loop of self-discovery and statewide analysis.
Frederick girls basketball coach Jake Hansen is not immune to the allure of speculation and wonder, especially since his Warriors team is sitting squarely on the bubble of the Class 4A bracket. On Friday night, at least, Hansen’s Warriors did their best to help the first-year head coach sleep a bit more soundly by winning 60-24 over Skyline in the team’s regular-season finale.
“We knew we had to win,” Hansen said. “We were hoping to get three (wins) this week but two might get it. It’s close, though, so I don’t know. But it’s great to see the girls finish it and now we’ll just wait and see if it’s enough to get us in.”
The Warriors (7-7, 5-5 Longs Peak League) entered Friday’s game sitting at No. 34 in the Class 4A RPI standings. They didn’t hurt their chances over a three-game final week of the regular season, winning against Longmont and Skyline but also losing to Severance. Now, they will have to wait until Monday to find out whether or not they will be postseason participants.
As for Friday’s game, the Frederick girls were in control throughout. They outscored Skyline (0-9, 0-6) by a score of 30-10 in the first half and held the visiting team to single digits in every quarter. Frederick sophomore Savanna Staff (9.5 ppg) led all scorers with 13 points. Ali Davis (7.7 ppg) scored 11 and Gabby Jima scored 10.
Friday’s win snapped a four-game losing streak against Skyline that dated back to 2018. It also gave Frederick senior Kenna Tarnowski hope for a potential return to the postseason.
“All of us really want to go to playoffs,” Tarnowski said. “For me, personally, it’s been since my freshman year that we went to playoffs. I didn’t want that to be the only time I did, so we all really brought a lot of energy to tonight’s game. From the start of the week, we knew that we had to set that tone so that we could really give ourselves a chance at making it to playoffs.
“We just had to do what we know how to do and play how we know how to play. We got a win, so now we’ll see.”
Junior Charlee Neb (6.8 ppg) led the Skyline Falcons, who will wrap up their regular season against Longmont at home Saturday, with 12 points on Friday night.