LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team won’t mind packing its bags for a long postseason road trip.
The No. 17-seeded Eagles took a 47-30 victory over No. 48 seed Rock Canyon in the opening round of the Class 5A state tournament Tuesday night. Next up for Dakota Ridge … a 242-mile trip to Grand Junction High School for a second-round game against the No. 16 Grand Junction Tigers, who had a bye in the first round.“I think No. 15 through No. 20 seeds are tough. I would rather play on a Tuesday to get some momentum,” Dakota Ridge coach Diane Thompson said after a fourth straight season with a first-round playoff victory since Thompson took over the program in the 2015-16 season. “It’s tough to go to Grand Junction, but it is what it is. You just hope you keep winning and keep advancing.”The task now for the Eagles (15-9 record) is to get to the round of 16, something Dakota Ridge did last season before losing to 5A Jeffco rival Lakewood in the Sweet 16.