Is it February yet? Because tonight’s schedule has some games with some serious implications, even if January’s barely even gotten started. It’s such a good slate that I figured, I’d just expand the “Tonight’s top games” section we usually have at the bottom of each post up top:
Issaquah at Bellevue, 7:30 p.m.
There’s some history surrounding this one. For starters, Issaquah swept Bellevue in the regular season in 06-07, only for Bellevue to blow out Issaquah 59-33 in the postseason (the Wolverines went on to state, Issaquah didn’t). Then Aaron Bright, one of Issaquah’s top players as a freshman, transferred to Bellevue early in the school year, and Issaquah wasn’t shy about the suspicions it had regarding his move. Now Bright’s the Wolverines’ leading scorer heading into an important KingCo 3A game.
Decatur at Federal Way, 7:30 p.m.
This will be No. 3 vs. No. 4 in our most recent Class 4A rankings, and Decatur’s looking to strengthen its grip on first place in the SPSL 4A North against a huge rival. This is one of the gyms I’d most like to be in tonight.
Kentridge at Kentwood, 7:30 p.m.
Considering both these teams already have a loss in the SPSL North — both lost to Decatur — this is an important one for both, not to mention a rivalry game featuring two of the state’s best forwards in Kentridge’s Renado Parker and Kentwood’s Josh Smith.
Garfield at Roosevelt, 8 p.m.
Where I’ll be tonight. Roosevelt has one of the state’s best backcourts, and Garfield has been picking up steam, with the Bulldogs coming together around the family act of freshman Tony Wroten and junior De’Andre Taylor (cousins). A good opportunity to see where both these teams stand in KingCo 4A.
Ballard at Inglemoor, 6:30 p.m.
A year ago, when they played this game in the postseason, Ballard upset Inglemoor. This time, it would be no upset. Ballard has started the season 10-0, including a 50-26 victory against Roosevelt that showed just how much the Beavers have improved.
Bellevue at Issaquah, 7:30 p.m.
The first of two games between these teams that could have a significant effect on how KingCo 3A plays out this season. I had the opportunity to see top-ranked Issaquah last week against Kentwood in the Comcast Christmas Classic, and after starting slowly, the Eagles impressed in the final three quarters in beating a good team.
Jackson at Kamiak, 7:30 p.m.
Jackson has the early advantage in the WesCo South after a 5-0 league start that included a 69-67 victory against Meadowdale. The best division team they haven’t played yet? The 7-3 Knights, who are 4-1 in league play and coming off a seven-point win against Edmonds-Woodway.
1. Frannie Hemmelgarn, Roosevelt, girls basketball. Led the Roughriders with 22 points in a 62-49 victory against seventh-ranked Puyallup, which was led by Tabitha Tomlinson’s 24 points.
2. Hailey Wells, Woodinville, gymnastics. Helped Woodinville to a win in a three-team meet with an all-around victory with a score of 36.85. She won all four events.
3. Reuben Donaldson, Foster, boys basketball. Scored 26 points in an 81-31 victory against Christian Faith.