As promised yesterday, here’s the list I put together of the 10 girls games I’m looking forward to the most this winter. With a lot of compelling games ahead, it wasn’t easy.
10. Ballard at Inglemoor, Jan. 4, 6:30
9. Newport at Bellevue, Feb. 1, 7:30
8. Snohomish at Lake Stevens, Feb. 4, 7:30
7. Bethel at Puyallup, Jan. 29., 7:30
6. Jackson at Meadowdale, Jan. 16, 7:30
5. Kennedy at Lindbergh, Jan. 22, 7
4. Lakeside at Seattle Prep, Feb. 5, 8
3. Ballard at Roosevelt, Feb. 6, 7:30
2. Issaquah at Bellevue, Feb. 5, 7:30
1. Auburn at Auburn Riverside, Feb. 8, 7:30
These games came from a longer list I compiled of the area’s best games. You can see that list by clicking on either of these links:
1. Kristi Kingma, Jackson, girls basketball. Scored 27 points in a 63-54 victory against Roosevelt.
2. Ryan Snowden, Auburn, boys basketball. Led third-ranked Auburn with 27 points in a 74-54 win in the Harbour Homes Holiday Classic.
3. Karri Gallagher, Lakes Stevens, girls basketball. Scored all of Lake Stevens’ seven overtime points — for a total of 27 — in a big 59-55 win against Moses Lake.
4. Nichole Jones, Rogers, girls basketball. Led the way with 24 points in a 58-46 win against Shelton.
5. Brett Kingma, Jackson, boys basketball. Scored 33 points, the most of the night, but it wasn’t enough for Jackson, which lost by a dozen to Bellevue Christian.
Tonight’s top games
1. Auburn at Decatur, boys basketball, 7:45 p.m. This is the kind of game that makes holiday tournaments great. The No. 3 team in Class 3A plays the No. 3 team in Class 4A, both of them undefeated.
2. Kentwood vs. Issaquah, girls basketball, 3 p.m. at Bothell High School. Another fantastic holiday matchup, pitting the top-ranked 3A team against SPSL North power Kentwood for the Comcast Christmas Classic championship.
3. Kentwood vs. Prarie, boys basketball, 7:45 p.m. at St. Martin’s College in Lacey. They’re playing this time, for real (I listed this game yesterday, but it turns out we had the schedule wrong). And it should still be a close one.