Feb 25, 2014 12:39 AM by Greg Smith
Erika O'Rourke and the Canon City Tigers will host No. 10 seed Delta at 6 p.m. today in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament. (Brandon Hopper / Daily Record)
The Tigers’ bench looks on during the team’s game against Pueblo South earlier this year.
The Tigers' bench looks on during the team's game against Pueblo South earlier this year. (Brandon Hopper / Daily Record)
For the Cañon City Tigers girls basketball team, the final game of the regular season meant nothing in terms of getting into the playoffs.
No, they didn't get an automatic berth, but the Tigers were basically a lock to get one of nine at-large bids.
What the Tigers' 72-59 win against Pueblo West did, though, was just as important.
"It helped us out in the bracket, but not only that, (it helped) our confidence and knowing we can finish," senior Lindsey Schwab said. "There for a while it was upsetting. ... It was just so frustrating."
The Tigers lost more close games this year than they care to remember. Eleven times this year the Tigers were in a position in the fourth quarter to win, but ultimately came up short. Many of those were against top-10 teams in the state.
Cañon City drew a No. 7 seed in the state tournament and will play No. 10 Delta at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The winner of the game will travel to No. 2 seed D'Evelyn on Friday.
The 48-team playoff field is split into four regions of 12 teams. The top four in each region (16 total) get first-round byes while the others play. After the first round is complete, 32 teams are left to play a single-elimination tournament.
Cañon City (11-12) doesn't know too much about Delta (9-13) since the Panthers play in the Western Slope League. None of the six teams in the South-Central League played any of the eight teams in the WSL this year.
"They have one player, who is their leading scorer, the ball will be in her hand the majority of the time," Tigers coach Dan Heath said about Panthers senior Shelby Curtis, who averages 10 points. "We can do some things to make that difficult for them to do what they want to do."
Brittanny Brasfield leads the team in rebounds with 6.8.
The Tigers are led by Nicole Archambeau's 13 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounds, grabbing 6.1 off the glass per game. Schwab averages 10.9 points.
No. 1 seeds went to Broomfield, Mesa Ridge, Pueblo South and Sand Creek.
Other South-Central League teams to join Cañon City and South in the playoffs are No. 3 Pueblo West, No. 5 Pueblo East and No. 6 Pueblo County.