First-round playoff basketball: EHS girls, boys advance

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By The Staff

The Evergreen girls cruised into the second round of the Class 4A state basketball tournament Feb. 23 with a 60-31 victory over the Palisade Bulldogs.

Four players scored in double figures and the Cougars’ zone defense gave the visitors fits, in what quickly became a rout.

The Cougars led 23-4 in the first quarter, 36-17 at halftime and stretched their lead to 50-18 on a jump shot by Haley Stading in the third quarter.

The fifth-seeded Cougars advance in the Lou Piel Region and will face No. 4 seed Longmont (20-3) on Friday, Feb. 26, at Centaurus High School in Lafayette. With a victory in the single-elimination tournament, the Cougars would face either Centaurus or Moffat County on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Kelsey Bestall, Grace Beaudin and Steph Wiens each scored 11 points apiece for the Cougars, while Taylor Warren scored 10 points for the Cougars.

BOYS: Evergreen 67, Delta 54

The fifth-seeded Cougars advanced to the second round of the 4A state tournament Feb. 23 after holding off No. 12 Delta for a 67-54 victory.

The Cougars played one of their better first quarters of the season, shooting 10-for-16 from the floor and carving out a 25-7 lead. Evergreen stretched its lead to 21 points early in the third quarter, before slowing enough to allow the Panthers to climb back to within seven points with 1:39 left in the fourth quarter.

With the victory, the Cougars play No. 4 Northridge on Friday, Feb. 26, at Sierra High School in southern Colorado Springs. With a victory in the single-elimination tournament, the Cougars would play either top-seeded and defending state champion Sierra, or Pueblo County on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Sierra.

Against the Panthers, the Cougars got a team-high 23 points from senior Cam Tucker, and 10 points from Stefan Johnson.