First- and second-round games in the Class 4A and 5A girls state basketball playoffs were completed and five south metro-area teams advanced to the Sweet 16.
In Class 5A, Highlands Ranch, Castle …
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In Class 5A, Highlands Ranch, Castle View, Arapahoe and Cherry Creek made the Feb. 28 Sweet 16 games. Meanwhile in 4A, defending state champion Valor Christian moved into the third round of the playoffs, also on Feb. 28.
Winners of Sweet 16 games advanced to the Great 8, which will be held March 3 at the Denver Coliseum for Class 5A teams. Higher-seeded teams will host Class 4A Great 8 contests on March 3.
Defending state champion Lutheran, seeded No. 15, will travel to Centauri to play Grand Valley in the first round of the 32-team Class 3A state tournament on March 3. The Lions were third in the Metro District tournament, beating Jefferson Academy, 70-28, dropping a 50-49 double overtime game to Colorado Academy and then edging Kent Denver 51-46 in the third-place game.
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