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High school basketball: Longmont, Mead boys advance to Great 8; Mead girls fall in Sweet 16

Saturday’s Great 8 games have been moved to Monday because of the weekend snowstorm that's on the way.
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The Longmont and Mead boys basketball teams will play on in the state Class 4A championship, but just not Saturday as planned. 

The Colorado High School Activities Association postponed Saturday games in advance of the snowstorm on track to hit the state this weekend, which is predicted to deliver at least 2 feet of snow along the Interstate 25 corridor by Monday. 

“The current forecasts do not present a positive picture for the weather,” CHSAA stated in a web post on Thursday.

Saturday’s Great 8 games have been moved to Monday, and both Longmont and Mead will play after notching wins on Thursday.

No. 2 seed Longmont (12-3) downed 18th-seed Sand Creek (11-4) 50-38 to punch its ticket to the next round. Next up for the Trojans is No. 7 Pueblo Central (14-2) on Monday. 

Fifth-seed Mead (12-3 ) advanced with a 71-45 win over No. 12 Holy Family (10-6) on Thursday. Mead's Elijah Knudsen scored 45 points in the win.

The Mavericks will take on No. 4 Lewis-Palmer (12-2) on Monday. 

“Knowing that the potential for significant snowfall is imminent, we will continue to monitor the impact of the storm in the event an additional postponement is needed,” CHSAA stated in its post. If another postponement is necessary, the Great 8 will be played Tuesday and the semifinals on Wednesday, according to CHSAA.

Great 8 victories will put Longmont and Mead in the semifinals. If Longmont advances, it will face the victor of a battle of undefeateds No. 3 Montrose and No. 6 Steamboat Springs, both of which are 16-0.

With a win, Mead will advance to play the winner of No. 1 seed Windsor (14-1) vs. No. 9 Pueblo South (14-2). 

The state championship games remain scheduled for March 19 and 20 at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. 

View the full Class 4A bracket here

Mead girls’ season ends with loss to Falcon

In the Class 4A girls bracket, No. 5 Falcon (15-1) squeaked out a 60-57 win over No. 12 Mead (8-4) on Thursday. 

The loss brings Mead’s season to a close. Falcon advances to face No. 4 Mullen (14-2) in the Great 8. 

View the full Class 4A bracket here.

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Correction: If Longmont advances to the semifinals it will face the winner of the game between Montrose and Steamboat Springs. If Mead advances it will play the winner of Windsor vs. Pueblo South. That information was incorrect in the original posting of this story. 

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