There were some interesting girls basketball games Wednesday night, including Skyline’s 60-55 victory over Garfield in KingCo 4A and Cleveland’s 49-47 Metro League win over Lakeside.
It will be exciting to see which KingCo 4A teams put it all together for next month’s playoffs.The Spartans have dropped some though ones — their three league losses have been by a combined six points — 49-47 to Roosevelt, 36-35 to Woodinville and 47-44 to fourth-ranked Issaquah in overtime. And their other loss was by a point to a good touring Australian team. They have proven they can play with just about anybody.
Roosevelt is a team to keep an eye on, too, although the Roughriders have had some head-scratchers. They not only have beaten Skyline but Woodinville as well, yet lost last week to Redmond.
And I think Garfield will still be a threat. Remember, the Bulldogs put it all together at state last year and took home the third-place trophy.
FYI — Woodinville’s game vs. Redmond was postponed Wednesday and is being played tonight (Thursday).
Cleveland, the defending 3A state champion, continues to get it done even without guard Calah Scott, who has been out since mid-December after suffering a concussion. I will try to follow up on her status.
One Cleveland note — the nonleague game against Garfield has been rescheduled again and now will be played Jan. 24. at 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland. But the game I have circled is next Friday, Jan. 21, when the Eagles square off with top-ranked Holy Names, the team they upset in the state finals last year.
So, here we go with some of those Wednesday highlights:
Skyline 60, Garfield 55
The Spartans jumped up 16-7 in the first quarter and held on in the fourth as Garfield outscored them 29-14. Senior guard Lindsey Nicholson went off for 22 points (nearly three times her average), while Megan Weidman had 13 and Michelle Bretl 10. Garfield’s Nyasha Sarju, the league’s leading scorer, scored a game-high 25 points. Renee Dillard-Brown added 13 and Cora McManus 10, but only two other teammates scored.
Newport 61, Ballard 39
Marika Wright (20) was the only Newport player in double figures, but it was a team effort as nine others found the scoring column. Wright added eight rebounds, while Abbi Gobel had nine points and 10 boards. Chanel Cambronero provided five points, seven assists and six steals.
It was the Knights’ third straight league win after an 0-4 start.
Ballard’s Elena DeWeese scored a dozen.
Edmonds-Woodway 71, Arlington 53
The sixth-ranked Warriors led by just two after the first quarter, then outscored Arlington 43-23 in the middle two quarters. Three E-W players hit double-figures — Madeline Kasper (15), Alex Kennedy (14) and Angela Woods (14). Arlington got 12 from Lauren Grogan.
Snohomish 52, Cascade 28
Julie Young (19) and Carolyn Gravelle (13) did most of the damage for the Panthers, while Kianna Hood had 12 for Cascade.
Marsyville-Pilchuck 49, Kamiak 35
Dacia Heckendorf scored 13 and eight other M-P players contributed points. Lexi Burns led Kamiak with 10.
Stanwood 79, Mariner 28
Paisely Heckman led a quartet of Stanwood players in double figures with 16 and was followed by Sammi Kelleigh (13), Brenda Bingham (11) and Renee Lucero (10). Brittney Todhunter scored 11 for Mariner.
Lake Washington 58, Mercer Island 50
Hunter Hopkins hit for 24 — her second 20-point outing in a row — and Kat Whitfield added 13 for the Kangs. Mercer Island, the KingCo 3A preseason favorite, continues to struggle, despite the efforts of Hailey Gullstad (16), Jae Shin (15) and Kris Brackman (15).
LW has won eight in a row since a 1-3 start (including losses to No. 1 Holy Names and No. 10 Juanita).
Juanita 65, Interlake 34
The Rebels led 36-13 at halftime and never looked back. Mikata Jones (13), Kate Cryderman (12) and Molly Grager (12) set the pace.
Liberty 39, Mount Si 36
Aspen Winegar scored 12 to lead the Pats past the Wildcats, who had nobody in double figures.
Bellevue 75, Sammamish 30
Shelby Fanning (16) and Taylor Cooke (13) paced the Wolverines, while Taylor Ferleman scored 13 for Sammamish.
Cleveland 49, Lakeside 47
The fifth-ranked Eagles remained unbeaten in Metro play by building a 29-18 first-half lead and withstanding Lakeside’s 14-6 rush in the fourth. Cheyenne Wilson tossed in 15 points, while Alexia Mefi had 13 and Olivia Smith 11. For Lakeside, Whitney Best scored 13 and Christina Cheledinas 12.
Lakeside 77, West Seattle 19
The Lions jumped up 51-15 in the first half and outscored West Seattle 20-0 in the third period. Kari Luttinen pumped in 20 points, followed by Michaela Carew with 14 and Nicole Hall with 10.
Bainbridge 58, Eastside Catholic 49
Grace Kenyon popped in 23 points, while Micki Johns and Wesley Notthinham had 10 apiece for the Spartans. Four EC players had 10 or more — Alex Johnston (11), Shannon Graves (10), Shelby Newell (10) and Michaela O’Rourke (10).
Bishop Blanchet 37, Rainier Beach 24
Blake Ballantyne led the Braves with 10 points, while Taylor Anderson had 12 for Beach.
Franklin 68, Chief Sealth 46
The Quakers used an 18-2 second quarter to take control. Janee Lewis led the way with 18 points, while Patrice Tostom had 13 and Qiara Norwood 11. Sealth’s Natalie Mackey scored 12.
Nathan Hale 54, Ingraham 20
Gabby Evans (12) and Julia Wilson-Peltier (10) paced Hale, which had 11 players score.
Foster 66, Lindbergh 43
Lindbergh’s Emily Graver pocketed a game-high 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Foster countered with a balanced attack as five players reached double figures — Shantell Jackson (17), Sahara Hill (14), Bianca Benevides (13), Destiny Beasley (11), Chris Balangsang (10).
Highline 50, Evergreen 41
Marisa Munoz scored 16 for Highline, while Briana Fiso had 13 for the Wolverines.
Glacier Peak 60, Oak Harbor 40
Katie Hawkins had 14 points for GP and was joined in the double-digit crowd by teammates Becca Smith (12), Torrey Hill (11) and Oliva VanDlac (10), along with Oak Harbor’s Emilie Renninger (13).
Shorecrest 56, Everett 41
In an interesting WesCo 3A matchup, Shorecrest jumped up by 10 in the first half, led by six going into the fourth and then poured it on in the fourth. India Matheson had another big night with 19 points and 19 rebounds, and got help from Brianne Lasconie (15) and Janie Uppinghouse (10). Everett, which lost its fourth straight, got 14 points from Aliya Davis.
University Prep 30, Seattle Academy 22
Anya Beard scored 12 for the winners.