With this game clearly decided (Kenned up by 17 with 2 minutes left), I’m kicking it over to the boys court, where O’Dea and Enumclaw are ready to tip off.
Since this game is out of hand (56-34 midway through the fourth), let me talk a minute about those first two games. The SPSL 3A is tough. Auburn Mountainview, the No. 7 qualifier out of the West Central 3A District, gave Meadowdale all they could handle in the opener before falling one point short. Then Enumclaw knocked off Franklin, which clearly was over-rated at No. 3. Lack of tournament experience definitely hurt the Quakers.
5:18 4th qtr — I’m impressed with Kennedy, leading 56-32. It’s going to take a really good team to beat them.
End of 3rd qtr — Kennedy 49, Hanford 30. We may not see the JFK starters again until tomorrow. The reserves are pretty good. Jennica McPhearson kissed a shot off the glass at the buzzer.
Final from the boys court — Meadowdale 70, North Kitsap 64. The Mavs are 2-0 today (remember, the girls won earlier).
1:50 3rd qtr — Unbeaten and top-ranked Kennedy is up by 19 and the starters are on the bench.
2:50 3rd qtr — Hanford gets its first points of the quarter on a pair of free throws by Jorie Freeman with 3:06 on the clock. By then, Kennedy’s streak had reached 12 points.
4:20 3rd qtr — OK, Kennedy is rolling now. The Lancers are on a 10-0 run to lead 43-26. Fuller had none of the points, but assisted on three baskets.
5:37 3rd qtr — Both teams have struggled a bit here early in the second half. And just as I write that Allie Madison buries a long two-pointer to put Kennedy in front 37-26. Time out Hanford.
Halftime update — OK, get this line for Fuller: 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including 2-of-6 three-pointers and both free-throw tries). Laura Hughes leads Hanford with 10 points and five rebounds. Boys update — Meadowdale up by 7 with about 1:30 to play.
At the half — A steal and layin by Yaz Fuller makes it 33-26, Kennedy. The junior guard is fun to watch. She’ll have her pick of scholarships next year (if she waits that long). Back with stats shortly.
58.8 1st qtr — Daidra Brown ends Hanford’s run with a driving basket, then hit 1 of 2 free throws. She follows with a steal and layin and it’s 29-22.
2:17 2nd qtr — Hanford makes a run, ticking off seven unanswered points, including a pair of free throws just now from 6-2 Laura Hughes. Kennedy’s lead is down to two, 24-22.
3: 41 2nd qtr — Allie Madison just got in the act for Kennedy, tossing in a three-pointer for a 24-15 lead.
6:20 2nd qtr — Hanford didn’t bring much of a crowd. Plenty of JFK fans across the way in red, white and blue. Franklin had a loud, supportive crowd. Hopefully a lot of those fans come back for tomorrow’s loser-out game. Fuller has 12 points as Kennedy leads 18-10.
End of 1st qtr — Kennedy 16, Hanford 10. Now we’ve got a game. Fuller drops in a jumper just before the buzzer.
1:30 1st qtr — Hanford finally got on the board just under the 3:30 mark and is hanging with the Lancers now. Jorie Freeman makes 1 of 2 free throws to cut Kennedy’s lead to 13-8.
3:30 1st qtr — Another Fuller three-pointer puts JFK up 8-0, then she adds a jumper in the key to make it 10-0.
Halftime from the boys court — Meadowdale 24, North Kitsap 20. We’re behind on the girls court because of the OT game.
5:38 1st qtr — It’s really unfortunate for the Falcons they had to draw Kennedy in the opening round. I really think Hanford is one of the better teams here. Kennedy leads 5-0 and Hanfor takes time out.
6:50 1st qtr — A good sign for the Lancers as Yaz Fuller calmly sinks a long three-pointer off the opening possession. Plus Daidra Brown, who had that scary knee injury last Friday, started and looks fine. She just had a steal, but missed the layin. Kennedy leads 3-0.
Here’s a final from the boys court: Seattle Prep 87, Lakes 75.
Pregame — About 2 minutes from tipoff. Starting lineups just being announced. Should be the best game of the morning (I hope — the first two were rather ragged).