After defeating the Soroco Rams 39-33 in a foul-filled first round of the District 1 playoffs Saturday, the Hayden girls basketball team will take on the Grand Valley Cardinals at 7 p.m. today in Parachute.
The Tigers lost their previous two meetings with the Cardinals, 51-40, Dec. 6 at the Meeker Tournament and 43-34 on Jan. 24 at home.
Hayden coach Jayme Adams said that in both meetings, Grand Valley used its height advantage in the post and its outside shooting proficiency to beat the Tigers. One of the tallest Cardinals, Holly Steltzen, caused the most trouble, scoring 12 and 18 points in the first and second games, respectively.
"They have other good post players, too," Adams said. "Shutting them down inside will be key."
The Tigers have improved greatly since their last two meetings with the Cardinals, Adams said.
"I'm excited to see them play them," she said. "They have improved so much. We're ready for them."
If Hayden wins, the girls will move on to the district championship game, where they will face either North Park or Meeker on Saturday at Grand Valley High School.
Both teams in the district championship game move on to play in the regional tournament. If the Tigers lose to Grand Valley, it will be their last game of the season.
The Tigers' regular season record is 5-13 overall and 3-4 in the league.