Clear Creek's magical run ends in the 2A state finals

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The Golddiggers drop chamionship game to top-seeded Yuma

By Alissa Noe

LOVELAND – Coming into the 2A state tournament, the Clear Creek girls basketball team had never made it past the Sweet 16.

For the team to make it to the 2A state title game Saturday night against top-seeded and perennial state powerhouse Yuma at the Budweiser Events Center was a huge achievement in and of itself. But the odds didn’t favor the seventh-seeded Golddiggers, who after back-to-back upsets the previous two days, fell 45-23 to the Indians.

Clear Creek senior Grace Werlin led the team with nine points.

From start to finish, Yuma dominated the offensive pace and suffocated the Diggers (24-3) on defense. At the half, the Indians led 22-8.

The win capped a perfect 27-0 season for Yuma, which won its second state title in three seasons. The Indians have played in five of the last six 2A state title games.

The loss snapped a 23-game winning streak for Clear Creek.