Bayfield hoping to mine a victory

BHS, Trinidad to meet in playoffs

Jaida Ross and No. 26 Bayfield will open the Class 3A state tournament against No. 7 Trinidad on Friday in Trinidad. Enlarge photo

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Jaida Ross and No. 26 Bayfield will open the Class 3A state tournament against No. 7 Trinidad on Friday in Trinidad.

Welcome back to the dance, Wolverines.

The Bayfield High School girls basketball team made a run to the Class 3A quarterfinals a season ago.

This year, their path appears a bit harder on paper, as Bayfield (10-12), after finishing third in the district tournament, earned a No. 26 seed and matchup with No. 7 Trinidad (18-4) on Friday in Trinidad in the Class 3A playoffs.

An upset of the Miners would earn the Wolverines a date with either 18-4 Sterling or 15-7 Bennett in the Sweet 16.

“We just have to be happy for a chance to go on and play,” Bayfield head coach Ronnie Posey said.

Trinidad enters the postseason battle-tested, having finished in a tie for second in the Tri Peaks East League with No. 4 seed St. Mary’s. No. 11 seed Lamar escaped with the league championship with a 13-1 record.

But the Intermountain League provided Bayfield with some tough competition and a good measuring stick of what they’ll need to accomplish to compete at this late stage of the season. Conference foe Centauri earned the tournament’s top seed, while regional rival and league member Pagosa Springs was selected to host as the No. 6 seed in Class 3A.

Having seen teams of that caliber gives Posey confidence that his team knows what to expect this weekend.

“Pagosa and Centauri, they won the right to host, and we didn’t beat them, but we feel like we compete very well against Pagosa and Centauri, and I believe Pagosa and Centauri feel we compete very well against them,” Posey said.

“If Trinidad’s tougher than that, then kudos to them.” The Miners average 48 points per game and are powered offensively by senior Chelsea Velasquez, who averages 16.5 points per game, 6.1 assists per game and 6.5 steals per game.

Bayfield, averaging 43 points per contest, counters with a more balanced attack, with four players averaging seven or more points per game.

While Posey plans to dig deeper into the Miners as the week goes on, there’s one thing he’s sure of.

“I think they’re deserving of a high seed from the little I do know,” Posey said. “They are a good team.”

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