High school playoff pairings announced for basketball, hockey
Postseason match-ups were announced Sunday for several area teams, with the Basalt High School girls basketball team and both Aspen basketball teams getting things started on Monday.
The Aspen boys will host Moffat County at 6 p.m. Monday inside the AHS gymnasium in a district pigtail game. The winner advances to play Coal Ridge on Tuesday, while the loser is done for the season.
AHS (8-11 overall) and MCHS (4-15) met twice this season. The Bulldogs won Jan. 6 in Craig in a non-league game, 64-45. Then, Jan. 21 in Aspen, the Skiers pulled out a 76-71 victory in a league game. Both teams finished 2-7 in 3A Western Slope League play, Aspen’s league-game victory allowing it to be the host team Monday.
The Aspen girls will play their Monday pigtail game at 5:30 p.m. against host Gunnison. AHS (1-18) played at Gunnison (7-12) on Jan. 28, falling 50-26.
The winner of Monday’s rematch will play at Cedaredge on Tuesday.
The Basalt girls also play 6 p.m. Monday, where they will host Coal Ridge in their district pigtail game. BHS (4-15) and Coal Ridge (3-15) met twice this season, with very different results. Dec. 16 at the Longhorn Classic in Basalt, Coal Ridge won 62-26 in a non-league game. The script was flipped in their Feb. 7 rematch at Coal Ridge, Basalt winning 43-27.
After finishing second in the WSL, the Basalt boys (17-2) have Monday off and will host either Gunnison or Olathe at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
If any team wins Tuesday, it would go on to play again Friday.
The state hockey bracket also was announced Sunday, where Aspen is a 19 seed and will play at No. 14 seed Battle Mountain at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Eagle.
The teams met twice during the regular season. Aspen (8-10-1) lost 4-0 on Dec. 3 in Eagle, the second game of the season. Battle Mountain (12-3-3) made the return trip to Aspen on Jan. 6, the game ending in a 1-1 tie.
The winner of Wednesday’s game will play again Friday at No. 3 seed Cherry Creek (12-6-1), a team the Skiers took to the wire in the season opener before falling, 2-1.
Also Thursday and Friday, the Aspen Alpine and Nordic ski teams will compete at the state championships in Steamboat Springs.
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