We start off in Phoenix, Ariz., where the fifth-ranked Mercer Island girls team won its second game in a row at the Nike Tournament of Champions, beating Cherry Creek (Colo.) 64-51.
Junior guard Jae Shin had a game-high 19 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 from behind the arc), seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
“She was like Lebron James out there,” remarked the MI caller.
The Islanders made 19-20 free throws in the game, including 10-of-10 in the fourth quarter. Hannah Lilly (who had 20 and 10 points in the team’s first two games in the tournament) added 14 points. Mercer Island will play for 9th place on Tuesday.
More highlights after the jump:
— Overlake’s Maya Marder had 12 points, 13 assists and eight steals in a 59-45 win against Auburn Adventist.
— Mount Tahoma got 30 offensive rebounds in a 68-64 win against Auburn. Trojans senior post Heather Restrepo had 22 points and 22 rebounds.
— Tacoma Baptist lost 34-32 to Northwest Christian of Lacey, but got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Melanie Shank.
— Arlington outscored Stanwood 13-3 in the second quarter en route to a 54-46 victory, the Eagle’s first conference win of the season. Ginny Wilson had a team-high 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
— Class 1A Cascade Christian led Emerald Ridge, a Class 4A school, by 23 points at halftime and got a game-high 27 points and five three-pointers from junior guard Cody Shackett (20 points in the first half) in a 75-48 win.
— Puyallup beat Port Angeles 82-51 on the balanced scoring of Jay Balmer (17 points), Dom Holub (16), Erin Barber (15) and Dalton Daniels (15). Balmer had four three-pointers and Barber added three.
— Hazen snuck by Sammamish 57-56 on a free throw by Decourious Sampson with 0.6 seconds left.
— Oak Harbor sophomore Michael Washington Jr. had a game-high 37 points and scored all of the Wildcats 18 fourth-quarter points in a 66-61 loss to Coupeville. Hunter Hammer led the Wolves with 24.
— Northwest Yeshiva got 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals from Rafael Kintzer in a narrow 59-41 win against the Northwest School.
— Spanaway Lake’s Michael Balagtas had two buzzer-beaters (before halftime and at the end of the third quarter) and a game-high 20 points in a 69-51 win against Sumner.