Grand Junction hopes balanced attack results in playoff win

Grand Junction is out to prove it’s a quality team.

After scrapping and clawing their way into the Class 5A postseason, the Bulldogs earned the No. 23 seed and will face No. 10 Columbine at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

“I think we are in a position to go out and show we are a team that can compete with a top 10 team,” Grand Junction coach Adrea Tilford said. “And with that, bring home a victory.”

The Tigers finished 11-4 overall led by a balanced offensive attack. Grand Junction finished with 55 goals scored by 14 different players.

“That (balanced scoring) means they work as a team,” Tilford said. “There isn’t one player that has to be stopped. We have options.”

Junior Ashley Wallace led an underclassmen heavy Tigers team with 12 goals.

Defensively, Grand Junction will have the task of stopping Columbine’s Kristen Hamilton, who led the Rebels in the regular season with 18 goals.

“We’ve been a pretty tough defensive team,” Tilford said. “We’ve been able to read other teams pretty well and adjust, so if we do that we’ll be OK.”

The Tigers haven’t been to the postseason since 2006, so none of the players on Grand Junction’s roster has postseason experience.

Tilford said that shouldn’t make a difference.

“I’m reminding them that they are a good team,” Tilford said. “They’ve worked hard and hard work pays off, so we are going to treat it like another game.”

If the Tigers advance they’ll face the winner of No. 7 Smoky Hill and No. 26 Horizon on Friday.


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