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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

January 29, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Is Going to State Undefeated A Good Thing?

It’s a debate you hear frequently in high-school and college hoops: is getting to the postseason undefeated a good thing or is it beneficial to get tagged with a regular season loss?

In Class 3A and 4A, there are six undefeated teams. (Boys: Ferris of Spokane and Auburn; Girls: Lewis and Clark of Spokane, Lake Stevens, Lakes of Lakewood and Kennedy of Burien).

Last year, the Meadowdale girls team entered the Class 3A state tournament with a flawless record. Despite being tested in a good league, the Mavericks lost two games at state.

There seems to be two schools of thought on this:

1. Losing a late regular-season game (a loss that doesn’t affect standings/seedings) is a good thing in that it exposes some weaknesses and lets the team feel the sting of a loss.

2. Losing is never good. C’mon, who wants to lose?

So, what are your thoughts on this? Is a loss late in the season beneficial or is getting to the playoffs undefeated preferred?

Tonight’s top games:

1. Franklin at Inglemoor, 7:30 p.m.

2. Kentridge at Federal Way, 7:30 p.m.

3. Seattle Prep at O’Dea, 7:30 p.m.

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