Twelve are in.
Eight others will battle tonight for the remaining four spots in the upcoming Class 4A state girls basketball tournament.
If you haven’t been keeping track, here are the 4A girls qualifiers thus far:
Auburn Riverside (WCD #1)
Bellarmine Prep (WCD #2)
Kentwood (WCD # 3)
Federal Way (WCD # 6)
Garfield (KingCo #1)
Lake Stevens (NWD #1 or #2)
Marsyville Pilchuck (NWD #1 or #2)
Edmonds-Woodway (NWD #3)
Chiawana (Eastern Regional #1 or #2)
Mead (Eastern Regional #1 or #2)
Lewis and Clark (Eastern Regional 3/4)
Moses Lake (Eastern Regional 3/4)
Lake Stevens and Marysville Pilchuck play tonight for the Northwest District championship. Chiawana of Pasco and Mead of Spokane will play at 3 p.m. today for the Eastern Regional title.
Earlier today, Lewis and Clark of Spokane and Moses Lake earned the other two berths out of the Eastern Regional. L-C, apparently back on track after a mid-season slump, eliminated Central Valley. Moses Lake, which graduated a ton from the team that lost last year’s team that reached the state semis (but still has guard Jordan Loera), is hittng its stride and beat Walla Walla for the other berth.
As of now, L-C and Moses Lake are both listed on the Eastern Regional bracket as No. 3/4. I’m thinking L-C will be considered the No. 3 seed at tomorrow’s draw, because the Tigers beat Moses Lake in the first round of the regional tourney, but I’m not sure. That part really won’t matter much.
The winners of these four games will also join the 16-team field:
Newport vs. Skyview of Vancouver (KingCo/Southwest #2 or #3)
Issaquah vs. Evergreen of Vancouver (KingCo/Southwest #2 or #3)
Kentlake vs. Rogers of Puyallup (WCD #4)
Bethel vs. Puyallup (WCD #5)
I am not sure how the seeding will work between the KingCo and Southwest teams. I’m thinking that Evergreen, as the Greater St. Helen’s League champion, might get the nod at No. 2 with a win over Issaquah, but I’m not certain. If Newport and Issaquah both win, they could be 2-3, respectively. At the draw, the 2 and 3 seeds will be treated the same, I believe, so again it shouldn’t matter.
I will be at the Kentlake-Rogers and Bethel-Puyallup games. It’s been a good West Central District tournament for the SPSL, which will sweep five of the six state berths (Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma is the lone Narrows League team to qualify).
Those loser-out, winner-to-state games are always a bit heart-wrenching, especially when they’re close. Kentlake is trying to honor the memory of Carly Stowell, who helped lead the team to state as a freshman in 2007 and then tragically died of arrhythmia the following month on the eve of a national AAU tournament.
This would have been Carly’s senior year and she was very close with some of the seniors on this year’s Kentlake team. You can read a story I wrote about the gifted young athlete and musician, and the efforts to keep her memory alive, here.
I will be at the 4A girls draw tomorrow, while Mason Kelley will be covering the boys draw, both in Renton at the WIAA headquarters. We will be posting the brackets and providing other information here. It will be later afternoon or early evening as the coaches meeting doesn’t begin until 3 p.m., followed by the draws.