Jordan Schachterle // BHS Maroon Tribune // Berthoud, CO // 2.25.2020
After a phenomenal regular season, the Berthoud High School girls basketball team will begin their playoff journey this week. The Spartans earned the 4th seed in the 4A Colorado State Tournament after finishing the regular season with a 21-2 record.
Berthoud’s only two losses came from Erie and Holy Family, fellow Tri-Valley Conference teams. The Spartans, Erie, and Holy Family all split between each other, each ending with a 14-2 league record. This created a three-way tie for the conference championship, so Berthoud was named Tri-Valle League co-champion alongside the other two.
Conference championships have little meaning in the seeding of the state tournament; a conference champion is guaranteed a seeding in the top 32. The rest of the seeding in the tournament is determined by CHSAA’s RPI system.
The RPI system, as explained on CHSAA’s website is “a way to measure a team’s strength relative to other teams, based largely on the strength of their schedules.” The components that go into RPI are winning percentage, opponents’ winning percentage, and opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage.
The RPI standings are directly reflected into a 48-team bracket. The Spartans finished the RPI at number four, so they were placed as the number four team. Berthoud is in the Jenny Coalson section of the bracket.
The higher seed hosts all games through the “Great Eight,” meaning if they continuously win, the Spartans will play three games at BHS. The “Final Four” and championship games are played at The Collesium in Denver, Colorado.
State tournament games start Tues. Feb 25, but with their seeding, Berthoud earned a first-round bye. They will host the winner of Golden and The Classical Academy on Friday, Feb 28 at Berthoud High School.
View the 3A Colorado State Tournament bracket here.
Learn more about RPI here.