Every sports team knows, you never want to get caught looking ahead.
That was the danger for Evergreen its Class 4A boys basketball state tournament opening round game Feb. 25 against visiting Delta.
With the Panthers coming into the game as a 12th-seeded team and with a losing record in the Western Slope League, it would have been very easy for the Cougars to overlook them with an eye toward a potential match-up with the Thomas Jefferson Spartans on Feb. 28.
It would have been easy to do, but that’s not what the No. 5 Cougars did.