Tuesday night means we’ll have a new Class 3A boys champion. West Seattle, in coach Bob Wilzen’s final year, upset the defending champs, O’Dea. O’Dea’s not a high-scoring team, but West Seattle still showed up with the defense to stay with the Irish and then pull off a 39-37 upset. Said O’Dea coach Phil Lumpkin: “We can’t win it every year.”
Tuesday night means that one very good South-side team is going to state, but another isn’t. Because Kentwood and Federal Way are meeting in a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Thursday night, after Kentwood beat Curtis and Federal Way beat Bethel (not the best night for the SPSL South). Kentwood beat Federal Way 69-60 in December, but the Eagles returned the favor in January with a 58-41 win.
Tuesday night means that the Narrows league gets the last word. The SPSL North has been the division that’s gotten all the attention this year, but it will be Bellarmine Prep and Lincoln, two Narrows team, squaring off for the championship. Third-ranked Bellarmine Prep cruised by Foss, and sixth-ranked Lincoln survived fifth-ranked Kentridge.
Tuesday night means Bothell and Roosevelt are going to meet again, and this game, on Thursday, if for a chance to play in a winner-to-state game Saturday. Roosevelt won both meetings this season. And on the KingCo girls side, Redmond will face Eastlake.
Tuesday night means that the Eastern teams we thought were good are still good. Top-ranked Ferris routed Walla Walla, and Shadle Park beat Eisenhower — the team that eliminated the Highlanders last year — 72-67. The top-ranked girls team, Lewis & Clark, also cruised against Richland. One upset on that side of the mountains: University boys beat Wenatchee, an off-and-on top 10 team this season.
Tuesday night means these girls teams will meet in a winner-to-state game: Oak Harbor and Snohomish. Snohomish won their two meetings this season by a combined six points.
1. Josh Smith, Kentwood, boys basketball. Hulking sophomore — whom I profiled yesterday — scored 33 points in a win against Curtis.
2. Carlie Wolken, Skyline, girls basketball. Led the Spartans with 24 points in a win against Metro Sound champs Ingraham.
3. Marcus Tibbs, Decatur, boys basketball. Tibbs helped keep Decatur alive with 32 points in a win against Central Kitsap, setting up a winner-to-state game against Gig Harbor on Friday.
Tonight’s top games
1. Mt. Rainier vs. Lakes, boys basketball, 8 p.m. at Clover Park. The eighth-ranked Rams face the third-ranked Lancers in a Class 3A winner-to-state game.
2. Kentwood vs. Bellarmine Prep, girls basketball, 8 p.m. at Puyallup. Two top 10 teams, both with their state trips already booked, square off in a West Central District semifinal.
3. North Thurston at Auburn, boys basketball, 8 p.m. at Auburn. Undefeated Auburn can secure a state spot tonight.