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March 10, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Filling in the 3A girls bracket

Four more days of basketball, and they should be really good ones.

This year’s 3A girls tournament has a different feel, and not just because Auburn Riverside, the 2007 and ’08 champion, went back to 4A (and did just fine, finishing fourth last week). After long runs in Class 4A, Prairie and Shadle Park have dropped down (Prairie won the 3A title in 1993, then bumped up and won the 4A crown the following year), and both are expected to make their presence felt.

We also have some schools here for the first time in a long while: Yelm (last qualified in 1991), Hazen of Renton (1991), Mercer Island (1992) and Franklin (1995).

So, here’s how I see the tourney playing out, although I think several of tomorrow’s first-round games could go either way:

Quarterfinals: Franklin over Meadowdale, Kennedy over Lakeside, Shadle Park over Prairie, White River over Holy Names.

Semifinals: Kennedy over Franklin, Shadle Park over White River.

Finals: Kennedy over Shadle Park 59-51.

That said, it would not shock me to see that second semifinal being between Prairie (instead of Shadle Park) and Holy Names (instead of White River). I like all four of those teams. And Franklin is no lock in the upper half of the bracket either. The Quakers’ lack of state experience concerns me a bit (as compared to Meadowdale’s), but I think they have the talent to get to the semis and make it an interesting game against Kennedy.

Last week’s 4A girls tournament played out a lot like I expected (the only first-round surprise for me was Federal Way knocking off Lewis and Clark, but the Eagles had an outstanding tournament). And while I thought Kentwood would win against previously unbeaten Pasco in the quarterfinals, I didn’t see the Bulldogs completely losing their bite and going home without a trophy.

I find the 3A tourney a bit more of a mystery from top to bottom. What about you?

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