What did we learn Friday night?
Franklin’s season won’t be a day at the Beach. After beating Rainier Beach last week, the Franklin boys moved to No. 1 in our top 10. On Friday night, the Quakers were on the cusp of their first loss, trailing 64-61 in the final seconds. Then, as our veteran Craig Smith recounted today, chaos broke loose.
Inglemoor was called for a foul on a Peyton Siva 3-pointer, and then Inglemoor’s Mark McLaughlin’s response to the call drew a technical foul call. Siva made two of three free-throw attempts, and the Chris Holmes made one of two on the technical. That tied it up and sent it to overtime, and the Quakers cruised from there to an 81-66 victory.
I won’t blame Inglemoor for being upset this morning; that’s an awfully tough way to lose, especially going into the top-ranked team’s gym. But the Vikings proved that in what could be Franklin’s final season in KingCo 4A �” a return to the Metro League next year is very possible �” the Quakers won’t cruise through the conference. Inglemoors and Garfields and Roosevelts are all over the schedule, ready to take the top-ranked Quakers down.
On a side note, this was another solid game for Franklin freshman Lavell White, who’s been impressive so far. Scary thought: not one player in Franklin’s six-man rotation is a senior.
The Ballard girls are for real. That’s not too difficult to say after the Beavers dismantled Roosevelt 50-26. Ballard improved to 6-0 (and 4-0 in KingCo 4A) with the win against the fifth-ranked Roughriders. Coach Karen Blair came to Ballard after a successful tenure at Meadowdale, and she has the Beavers on the way to the first winning season since she arrived.
One big reason? 6-foot-5 center Jeanette Hansen, who is an exchange student from Denmark. As we saw with the Auburn Riverside volleyball team, a transfer can make a big difference. But another big reason? Some tenacious D. Roosevelt scored in single digits in each quarter.
-Kentwood’s Lindsey Moore has a lot of grit, going out and playing with a sprained wrist to lead the way to a victory against Kentlake.
-The Auburn boys have yet to meet their match. The Trojans cruised again, 72-35 against White River to get to 7-0. They will get Enumclaw on Tuesday in what should be a heck of a game.
-Spanaway Lake boys just keep on winning. The Sentinels are 8-0 now after yet another tight victory, 44-41 against Graham-Kapowsin. This, at least, is for sure: the Sentinels know how to win a close game. They have won five straight by three or fewer points.
Here’s a look at the area’s top scorers so far, from statistics reported to The Seattle Times:
1. Jordan Smith, Lopez: 30 ppg.
2. Jordan Nicholes, Sultan: 28.3 ppg
3. Zachary Israel, Grace Academy: 27.8 ppg
4. Alfie Miller, Mount Rainier, 27.3 ppg
5. Jordan Kidd, Chief Sealth: 26.5 ppg
1. Kristi Kingma, Jackson: 25.3 ppg
2. Kimi Pohlman, Bear Creek: 24.5 ppg
3. Eryn Jones, Meadowdale: 21.8 ppg
4. Katie Grad, Auburn Riverside: 21.5 ppg
5. Monica Nevi, Hazen: 20.3 ppg
1. Lindsey Moore, Kentwood, girls basketball. Led the sixth-ranked Conks in a 66-36 victory against Kentlake.
2. Peyton Siva, Franklin, boys basketball. Teammates Lavell White and Chris Holmes perhaps had steadier nights, but Siva was the area’s leading scorer with 29 points Friday night.
3. Tanner Riley, Mount Si, boys basketball. Riley had 25 points to lead Mount Si in a victory against Interlake.
4. Becky Farden, Shorewood, girls basketball. Had 29 points, but Shorewood fell short 66-59 against Lynnwood.
5. Erika Wilson, Lake Washington, girls basketball. Amid a coaching change, Wilson led LW with 22 points in a 68-55 win against Garfield.
Tonight’s top games
Inglemoor at Meadowdale, boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. A day after the controversial and heartbreaking loss to Franklin, the Vikings take on undefeated Meadowdale.
Bainbridge at Newport, girls basketball, 5:30 p.m. Two quality programs look to bounce back from losses last night.