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Windsor women’s basketball team take one step closer to achieving one-year vision with quarter-final win – Greeley Tribune

Windsor women's basketball team take one step closer to achieving one-year vision with quarter-final win - Greeley Tribune

WINDSOR — The vision for the future of the Windsor women’s basketball team is clear.

Over the past year, the Wizards have remained focused on a dream that could come true within a week.

But just because Windsor has a knack for looking into the future doesn’t mean wizards are the least inclined to look beyond the here and now.

In fact, this ability to stay focused on what’s directly in front of them is a big part of what has allowed Windsor to go over 90% of their season without a single loss.

The Wizards’ unwavering focus remained firmly on display Friday night at Reg Figal Gymnasium as the top-seeded Windsor beat No. 9 D’Evelyn 63-38 in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball State Tournament. class 4A.

WINDSOR, CO – MARCH 04: Windsor’s Olivia Reed (31) heads for the basket during the second half of the Windsor Wizards 4A quarterfinal women’s basketball game against the D’Evelyn Jaguars at Windsor High School in Windsor on March 4, 2022. The Wizards defeated the Jaguars 63-38. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

“We attended a team camp at Black Hills (Spearfish State University, SD) last summer,” said Wizards senior forward Olivia Reed, who had 19 points and highs of 13. rebounds and two blocks. “We sat down as a team and wrote down our goals. Our first goal is to get back to this state championship and hopefully succeed in winning this state championship.

With the victory over the Jaguars (21-4), Windsor improved its record to 25-0 and clinched its ticket to Thursday’s semifinals.

The Wizards will play their first game away from Reg Figal Gymnasium this postseason when they take on No. 5 Mead (21-5) in the semifinals at Denver Coliseum.

If they win that game, they’ll advance to Saturday’s semifinals, potentially facing two-time defending state champion Mullen (18-6) in a rematch of the state finals a year ago. .

WINDSOR, CO - MARCH 04: Windsor head coach Karin Nicholls, center, talks to her team before the fourth quarter of the second half of the Wizards 4A quarterfinal women's basketball game Windsor vs. Evelyn's Jaguars at Windsor High School in Windsor on March 4, 2022. The Wizards beat the Jaguars 63-38.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)
WINDSOR, CO – MARCH 04: Windsor head coach Karin Nicholls, center, talks to her team before the fourth quarter of the second half of the Wizards 4A quarterfinal women’s basketball game Windsor vs. Evelyn’s Jaguars at Windsor High School in Windsor on March 4, 2022. The Wizards beat the Jaguars 63-38. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Reed admitted that such a scenario would be the fulfillment of the sincerest hopes and dreams of her and her teammates over the past 11 months.

But first, Windsor has to mind its business on Thursday. Even though the Wizards have beaten Conference opponent Mead by double digits this season, Windsor coach Karin Nicholls says her team won’t take anything for granted when the two teams meet again. in the semi-finals.

“Everyone starts over,” Nicholls said. “We just finished a run and took it all one game at a time through every series. The (playoffs so far) were a three-game series for us. And now we start again with a series of two games. I watch (Mead) the same way I would a brand new opponent.

The Wizards have proven they can win games in every way imaginable – perhaps unsurprising for a team that has won 25 games and lost none.

WINDSOR, CO - MARCH 04: Windsor head coach Karin Nicholls cheers with the Windsor bench as the clock counts down the final seconds during the second half of the women's quarterfinal basketball game Windsor Wizards 4A vs. Jaguars D'Evelyn at Windsor High School in Windsor on March 4, 2022. The Wizards beat the Jaguars 63-38.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)
WINDSOR, CO – MARCH 04: Windsor head coach Karin Nicholls cheers with the Windsor bench as the clock counts down the final seconds of the second half of the quarterfinal women’s basketball game Windsor Wizards 4A vs D’Evelyn Jaguars at Windsor High School in Windsor on March 4, 2022. The Wizards defeated the Jaguars 63-38. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

In Tuesday’s 63-35 third-round win over No. 17 Durango, Windsor played perhaps the best looking first half of the entire season, creating ample cushion for a less dominant second half. .

On Friday, the Wizards withstood a flurry of 3-point shots from D’Evelyn. Windsor trailed for one of the few times this season after the Jaguars sank their third 3 in the opening 3 minutes, 3 seconds to take a 9-3 lead.

The Wizards quickly responded with a 15-0 run, to take an 18-9 lead, and never looked back.

Windsor allowed D’Evelyn just one 3-pointer in the 28:57 final, after giving up three 3-pointers in the first 3:03.

It wasn’t the best of wins for the Wizards. But sometimes the most contested and most consequential victories are not the most beautiful.

WINDSOR, CO - MARCH 04: Windsor's Samantha Darnell (32) looks for a way around D'Evelyn's Maddie Topping (10) during the first half of the Windsor Wizards 4A Quarterfinal Women's Basketball game against the D'Evelyn Jaguars at Windsor High School in Windsor on March 4, 2022. The Wizards beat the Jaguars 63-38.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)
WINDSOR, CO – MARCH 04: Windsor’s Samantha Darnell (32) looks for a way around D’Evelyn’s Maddie Topping (10) during the first half of the Wizards 4A Quarterfinal Women’s Basketball game Windsor vs. Evelyn’s Jaguars at Windsor High School in Windsor on March 4, 2022. The Wizards beat the Jaguars 63-38. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

“When I walked into the locker room, the first thing I said after I sat down was, ‘That was our best team effort all season,'” Windsor senior Jolie Jiricek said. , who scored a game-high 21 points to go with five rebounds. and three interceptions. “We just grinded it. We all had to commit to defending, scoring and playing as a team. We are not going to beat anyone from now on with an individual game.

DHS 9 11 7 11 — 38

WHS 12 21 10 20 — 63

WHS (FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts) — Jolie Jiricek 8-14 2-4 21, Olivia Reed 8-10 3-3 19, Alexis Backhaus 4-11 3-6 13, Raegan Johnson 2-4 0-0 5, Mykaela Moore 1-9 1-2 3, Samantha Darnell 1-5 0-2 2, Julia Bohlinger 0 0-0 0, Kadence Marsh 0-2 0-0 0, Hailee Wright 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 24-58 9-17 63

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4A Women’s State Tournament Quarterfinals

No. 5 Mead 64, No. 29 Indemnity 46

No. 2 Mullen 59, No. 7 Roosevelt 27

3A Women’s State Tournament Round 1

#1 Platte Valley 59, #32 DSST: Byers 20

No. 9 Eaton 44, No. 24 North Fork 23

No. 2 University 55, No. 31 Eagle Ridge Academy 15

#15 Coal Ridge 45, #18 Christian Resurrection 43

No. 6 Pagosa Springs 41, No. 27 Valley 23

2A girls Region 7, Round 1

No. 7 Dayspring Christian 38, No. 26 Center 31

3A Boys State Tournament Round 1

#17 University 70, #16 Lutheran 48

#8 Eagle Ridge Academy 51, #25 Platte Valley 50

No. 9 Highland 68, No. 24 DSST: Green Valley Ranch 53

#15 Eaton 71, #18 Colorado Springs Christian 56

#6 Resurrection Christian 73, #27 Fort Lupton 32

For more on these playoff matches, visit greeleytribune.com in the coming days and check out Wednesday’s print edition.

Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. Reach him at (970) 392-4478, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.