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Regional hoops tourney tips off

Aspen Times Staff Report

The 16-team brackets for the boys and girls Class 3A Regional Basketball Tournaments will be cut in half this weekend, with the winners advancing to the Class 3A State Championships the following weekend.

In the valley, three teams remain in the 3A hunt: the Basalt Longhorn girls, the Roaring Fork Ram girls and the Aspen Skier boys.

With 15 straight wins and 22-1 overall record, the Basalt girls earned the highest seed of the bunch, a No. 3, and the right to host their regional matchup.

Basalt is slated to tip off with No. 13 Centauri (16-5) Friday at 7 p.m. at the BHS “Big House.”

“These are the best 16 teams in the state,” Basalt coach Debbie Cain said yesterday, “and I know Centauri beat Aspen by about 25 points in the early season, so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

The Aspen boys and Roaring Fork girls play away games Saturday.

Roaring Fork, the No. 14 seed with a 17-6 record, travel to No. 3 seed Pagosa Springs (19-2) for a 5:30 p.m. Saturday tip off.

No. 14 seed Aspen (16-5) travels to No. 3 seed Denver Christian (18-4). The game is scheduled to get under way at 2 p.m. at Denver Christian High School.

As the outright winner of the Class 3A Western Slope League with a 10-0 record, Aspen earned an automatic berth to the regional tourney. However, a semifinal loss to Gunnison at the district tournament last Friday spoiled the team’s chances for a top 8 seed, and a home game.

“We’re thankful we just have a game to play,” Aspen coach Steve Ketchum said.

After the weekend, the eight boys and girls winners advance to the 3A State Championships, scheduled for the following weekend, March 8-10 at Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2001


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