Centaurus junior Laura Gensert outscored her Round 1 opponent by herself. Frederick’s Megan Majeres did the same … with the deep ball alone.
Tuesday and Wednesday’s first round of postseason hoops in both the 5A and 4A classifications saw plenty of lopsided results as the field dwindled from 48 to 32 teams. A total of 13 local boys’ and girls’ teams now remain, while seven were eliminated.
The second round in 5A/4A begins with the girls Friday night followed by the boys Saturday. Teams from Silver Creek, Monarch, Legacy, Mead, Holy Family, Longmont, Frederick and Centaurus are alive. Boys teams from Broomfield and Erie bowed out in the first round, as did girls teams from Longmont, Fairview and Silver Creek.
In classes 3A-1A, the girls teams from Prospect Ridge Academy and Jefferson Academy play their 3A district semifinals Thursday night. The 2A boys’ teams from Lyons and Dawson will play in the district semis Friday.
Here’s a breakdown of where everything stands:
No. 21 Silver Creek, No. 26 Legacy and No. 31 Monarch won their Round 1 games at home and will travel for the second round. Broomfield, ranked 19th, was eliminated by No. 46 Mullen.
The Raptors put together a strong performance on the back of Andrew Scott, who scored 25 in a win over Fort Collins. The star senior has now scored at least 25 in three of the past five games. They travel to No. 12 Vista Ridge.
The Lightning, trailing into the fourth against the Far Northeast Warriors, rallied to victory and will next face Front Range League-foe Horizon. Legacy was short-handed in a 51-37 loss to the Hawks on Jan. 21.
Monarch, winning its seventh straight game, looks to stay hot at No. 2 Fossil Ridge. Garrett Myers scored 29 on 89% shooting in its first-round win over Liberty.
The lone remaining area teams — No. 4 Monarch and No. 36 Legacy — will face each other in Round 2.
The Coyotes earned a first-round bye, while the Lightning went on the road and beat No. 29 Ponderosa. Freshman Olivia Mortensen had a game-high 16 points in her postseason debut.
Monarch won the regular season matchup earlier this month, 49-45. Caroline Walley had 17 in the win, while the team’s scoring leader, Natalie Guanella, had 15.
No. 3 Mead, No. 6 Frederick, No. 7 Centaurus, No. 9 Longmont and No. 13 Holy Family all had a first-round bye. No. 45 Erie fell at No. 20 Discovery Canyon.
The defending champ Mavericks, winners of the 5A/4A Northern League and the crossover tournament with the Longs Peak League, will host No. 30 Widefield. Frederick, which fell to the Mavs in the crossover tournament’s finals last weekend, will get league-foe Severance.
The Trojans, meanwhile, face the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 24 Thompson Valley and No. 41 Cheyenne Mountain. A win would send Longmont to its fifth straight Sweet 16.
Holy Family, searching for its first home win since Jan. 18, hosts Discovery Canyon.
Centaurus is at home against No. 26 Palisade. It beat the Bulldogs by 16 in December.
No. 22 Centaurus and No. 23 Frederick won in landslide fashion in the opening round. No. 3 Holy Family and No. 5 Mead were on bye.
Centaurus, which got 21 points from 5A/4A Northern scoring leader Gensert (15 PPG) in a 45-19 win over Elizabeth in Round 1, travels to No. 11 Northridge. Frederick, behind seven 3s from Majeres, beat Weld Central 52-14 and is at No. 10 Grand Junction Central.
The Tigers, who finished runner-up to No. 1 Windsor in the league and crossover tournament, will face No. 30 Mountain View. The Mavs and the Northern League’s second highest scorer, Maddox Boston (14 PPG), will host No. 28 Northfield.
3A – The top two teams from each of the seven districts will reach the state tournament followed by the next 18 best teams in RPI.
No area teams were left standing in the district tournament after Wednesday night. Prospect Ridge Academy, 32nd in RPI, has the best chance of qualifying.
Prospect Ridge and Jefferson Academy reached the Metro League district semifinals with wins on Tuesday.
The Miners, who beat Colorado Academy by 15 in the quarters, face district top-seed Lutheran Thursday. The Jags, who got a team-high 12 points from freshman Rylin Chichirico in a win over Kent Denver, get SkyView Academy.
Both teams came into Thursday in the top 30 in 3A RPI.
2A – The top three teams from each district will get an automatic bid to the state postseason followed by the best eight teams in RPI.
Lyons and Dawson are headed to the District 7 semifinals after Tuesday’s wins.
The Lions, ranked second in the bracket and 30th in 3A RPI, beat Loveland Classical by 26 and will face No. 3 Union Colony Friday. The fourth-ranked Mustangs, who beat Dayspring Christian, get district top-seed Heritage Christian.
No local teams are remaining in the district tournament.
Longmont Christian fell to Prairie in the boys’ district quarterfinals, 57-54, Wednesday night. No local teams are left standing in postseason contention.