As mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of predicting games, but they’re twisting my arm, so I have filled out the girls bracket with my best guesses.
I am not very confident that these predictions will turn out as well as the ones I made last year, where I think I had seven out of the first eight games right (I didn’t see Federal Way upsetting Lewis and Clark, then the three-time defending champion).
Auburn Riverside keeps finding ways to win, even when not playing its best basketball (and when the Ravens are playing well, they do it with relative ease), so I have no reason not pencil them in all the way.
But I do believe there are several other teams capable of winning this thing. I think Mead is playing really well right now and those Spokane schools always come in battle-tested. Jazmine Redmon is a special player and could take the Panthers all the way.
That said, Mead had to go overtime to beat Chiawana last Saturday and let me tell you, that’s no ordinary first-year school in Pasco. The Riverhawks are as capable as anyone in the tournament. But they have a tough opener against Federal Way, which shouldn’t be written off either.
I never like picking against Kentwood, which has had so much success the past few years. When the Conquerors are on their game, they’re awfully good, but they’ve been a bit erratic and it takes four good games to win this thing. They just might put them together.
The three KingCo teams could fare better this week, too, and I would not be surprised if any or all did. Same with the WesCo trio, for that matter.
Heck, it’s high-school girls basketball. I’m not sure the word “upset” should apply, because just about anything can happen at the Tacoma Dome, as I’ve witnessed over the years.
But these are my picks, and we’ll see how it plays out: