Before I get into the highlights, I want to let people know that we should see the complete bracket for the 3A Sea-King District Tournament on Sunday. As soon as it hits my e-mail inbox, I will post it.
TACOMA — If defense wins championships, Auburn Riverside will be tough to beat.
The state’s top-ranked Class 4A girls basketball team secured a state-tournament berth with a 50-26 victory over Puyallup Saturday night at Foss High School.
It was the fifth time this season that the Ravens have held an opponent to fewer than 30 points.
Kat Cooper scored 20 for Auburn Riverside, which limited Puyallup to 14 points through three quarters.
The win sends Riverside (23-0) to the semifinals of the West Central 4A District Tournament. They will face No. 5 Federal Way at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
Federal Way, Kentwood and Bellarmine Prep also claimed trips to state with wins in the West Central tournament Saturday night.
Other West Central 4A girls
Federal Way 63, South Kitsap 48 (winner to state)
At Foss, Talia Walton scored a season-high 27 points, leading fifth-ranked Federal Way (21-5) to its 11th win in the past 12 games and a berth in the state tournament. The Eagles will meet Auburn Riverside in the district semifinals.
Bellarmine Prep 61, Kentlake 38 (winner to state)
At Auburn, Kentlake trailed by only six at halftime before the eighth-ranked Lions pulled away to clinch a trip to state. Bellarmine Prep plays Kentwood in the district semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the ShoWare Center. Kentlake faces Olympia in a loser-out game Wednesday.
Kentwood 65, Rogers 55 (winner to state)
At Auburn, Courtney Johnson had 20 points and Liz Mills 17 to lead four double-digit scorers for the third-ranked Conquerors (21-4) as they secured their place at state. Jordan Asher scored 22 to pace Rogers, which plays a loser-out game Wednesday.
Seamount/SPSL 3A sub-district boys
Enumclaw 64, Kennedy Catholic 55
At Bonney Lake, the top-ranked Hornets (21-0) stayed unbeaten and earned the sub-district’s top seed in this week’s West Central 3A District Tournament. The Lancers advance as a No. 2 seed. Tarren VanTrojen’s 16 points led five Hornets in double figures. Deshea Bell and Mitch Penner each scored 17 for the Lancers.
Emerald City League girls
Bellevue Christian 49, at Cedar Park Christian 25 (winner to state)
Alina Valle (17) and Maren Haines (16) combined for 33 points, and Haines added 10 rebounds and six blocks as Bellevue Christian qualified for state and captured the league’s top seed to the tri-district tournament.
Emerald City League boys
Bellevue Christian 54, University Prep 37 (winner to state)
At Cedar Park Christian, David Downs‘ 20 points helped the Vikings secure a state berth and the league’s top seed to the tri-district tournament. The Pumas also advance to the tri-district. Bellevue Christian has won 12 straight since losing to 4A Kentlake in December.
Nisqually League girls
Seattle Christian 65, Vashon Island 34 (winner to state)
Seattle Christian, the state’s top-ranked 1A team, wrapped up another state berth and the league’s No. 1 seed in the tri-district tournament. Kara Kogle scored 23 points and hit five three-pointers, Katie Collier had 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Lexi Peterson had 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Warriors.
Nisqually League boys
Cascade Christian 64, Vashon Island 53 (winner to state)
At Orting, Cody Shackett’s 23 points led fifth-ranked Cascade Christian of Puyallup to victory in a winner-to-state game against the Pirates. John Gage and Alex Wegner each scored 14 for third-ranked Vashon, the defending 1A state champ.
Northwest 1A District boys
Meridian 65, King’s 62 (winner to state)
At Mount Vernon, Zach Slesk got 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as eighth-ranked Meridian held off No. 6 King’s for a berth in the 1A state tournament. King’s can still reach state by qualifying in the tri-district tournament that starts this week. Ryan Hoff had 22 points, including six three-pointers, for the Knights.
Northwest 4A District boys
Shorewood 50, Snohomish 49
Shorewood and Snohomish battled back and forth for the lead in the last minute of the game, with Shorewood’s Semir Kadiric finishing with the final basket with about eight seconds left. Kadiric led all scorers with 18 points.
Shorewood advances to play Cascade on Wednesday.
Mountlake Terrace 68, Arlington 62
Mountlake Terrace’s Jacob Champoux had 30 points, including four threes to lead the Hawks. Mountlake Terrace hit 18 of 22 free throws in the fourth quarter. Arlington’s Eric Carlson scored 21 points and Zach Cooper scored 18, with four threes as well.
Mountlake Terrace advances to play Jackson on Wednesday.