If you’re looking for some great girls basketball matchups tonight and tomorrow, I’ve got just the ticket.
You can catch three teams ranked in The Seattle Times’ Class 4A top four in action at Federal Way tonight and at Auburn Riverside tomorrow night in what is being called the South Puget Sound League vs. Greater Spokane League Challenge.
It’s not often we get to see Spokane teams play over here before state, so this is a rare treat. So much so, in fact, that I turned in two days of holiday vacation just so I could cover these games.
Tonight’s marquee game pairs No. 2 Lewis and Clark of Spokane (5-1) against No. 4 Federal Way (5-2) at 7:30 p.m. To start the season, Federal Way and L-C were rated 1-2 in the state, but the Eagles dropped early games to Auburn Riverside (now No. 1) and Kentwood (now No. 3) and have missed guard Brittany Barrington, who is expected back next month (she had knee surgery last spring).
Remember, it was Federal Way that ended L-C’s three-year reign as state champion last March, knocking off the Tigers in the opening round of the tournament.
Also making the trip over from Spokane this week is University, which was a state power in 2006 (third) and ’07 (second) with Angie Bjorklund on the court. Bjorklund is now a force at Tennessee.
University (3-3) plays top-ranked Auburn Riverside (7-0) tonight at 5:30 in the first half of the doubleheader at Federal Way.
Then tomorrow at Auburn Riverside, U-Hi plays Jefferson (3-5) at 5:30 p.m., followed by the showdown between Riverside and L-C at 7:30 p.m.
Jefferson was brought in for one game to play U-Hi because Federal Way already has a full schedule. The Eagles travel to Pasco Saturday for another big game against No. 8 Chiawana, which is 6-0.
I hope you’re able to take advantage of this opportunity tonight and tomorrow. It should be some great basketball. If you can’t make it, I’ll be providing twitter updates. And you can follow the Auburn Riverside games on a webcast here.