What a weekend.
I couldn’t post yesterday because I was wrapped up in Seahawks work — what a game, by the way — but it was a great weekend for Washington basketball (except for the UW). And any coversation of this weekend has to begin in Gig Harbor, where Mathias Ward might have had the best individual performance we’ll see all season.
In an overtime win against Narrows leader Central Kitsap, Ward scored — get this — 56 points. In 36 minutes! And, for good measure, he added 23 rebounds. The Kitsap Sun has all the details. Ward, who has already signed with Montana, made 19 of 29 shots and hit 17 of 22 free-throw attempts.
Josh Smith might not have scored 56, but the Kentwood sophomore did add another dominating night to his breakout season. Smith scored 31 points, including the game-winner, in Kentwood’s 61-59 victory against Kentridge. And now, thanks to Federal Way’s 68-66 win against Decatur, the SPSL North is wide open. Federal Way, Kentwood and Decatur all have one league loss, and Kentridge is right there with two.
In KingCo 4A, Roosevelt looked great in a 72-59 victory against Garfield, spurred by 28 points from Glen Dean. You know how you always hear in March about how teams with great guard play have an advantage? Well, the Roughriders, with Dean, Amin Tufa and David Aberg, are a team no one will want to see come tournament time.
In Class 3A, Aaron Bright led sixth-ranked Bellevue in a win against his old team, Issaquah. Led by Matt Gorman’s 18 points, Mountlake Terrace pulled off a 53-46 upset of No. 7 Meadowdale.
On the girls side, 10th-ranked Bellevue shocked No. 1 Issaquah in a KingCo 3A game that wasn’t ever close. The Wolverines took an 18-8 lead in the first and then outscored ISsaquah in every other quarter, too. Jenika Swanson led the way with 21 points.
Inglemoor also won big on the weekend with a 47-44 victory against No. 4 Ballard, which you might remember upset the Vikings last postseason. Roosevelt looked awfully good in a 78-38 victory against Garfield, a matchup that isn’t what it was when they shot “Heart of the Game.”
Jackson continued to roll in the WesCo South with a 62-32 victory against Kamiak. Meadowdale also cruised with a 96-55 victory, led by Eryn Jones’ 30 points.
So all in all, this weekend didn’t disappoint.The season is hitting its stride.