THREE WESTERN SLOPE GIRLS TEAMS INTO SWEET 16

In Sweet 16 action Saturday at 1 p.m., the second-seeded Rifle Lady Bears (23-0) will meet 15th-seed Manitou Springs (17-6, and 4th place in the Tri-Peaks League), which edged Denver Science Tech (no. 18, 17-6) on Friday, 51-44. The winner will advance to the Great 8, Thursday, March 10, at CSU against the winner between Eaton (no. 7, 20-3) and Peak-to-Peak (no. 10, 19-4).

Two other Western Slope teams advanced to the Sweet 16 Friday, as no. 5 Olathe (19-4) defeated Bayfield (no. 28, 9-14) 72-66, and Gunnison (no. 14, 16-7) beat Clear Creek (no. 19, 16-7) 51-23. Coal Ridge (no. 25, 13-10) put up a good fight against regional host Pinnacle (no. 8, 18-6) before losing 48-40.

Saturday’s Sweet 16 game in the Bears’ Den will be broadcast on KMTS (99.1-fm, 96.7-fm) and online at kmts.com

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