It’s getting close to crunch time in girls basketball, with league tournaments just around the corner.
The Mount Si Wildcats showed Wednesday they are ready to make a deep playoff run with a 52-40 victory over seventh-ranked Juanita, which could have clinched at least a tie for the KingCo 3A/2A title with a victory.
Matt Massey covered the game for us and you can get the details in this story.
And here are highlights from some of the other Wednesday games, starting with the remainder of the KingCo 3A/2A schedule:
Mercer Island 60, Liberty 55
The Islanders are showing a pulse. The preseason favorites to win another league title, they have been very inconsistent and were just 3-5 in league play before ticking off three straight wins to climb within a game of third place. Jae Shin led the charge Wednesday with 17 points, while Christina Williamson had 13 and Sarah Taylor 11. The Patriots, who fell to 7-4, got 17 from Aspen Winegar. MI takes on Juanita Friday.
Lake Washington 73, Sammamish 42
Three players scored in double figures — Melissa Wilson (18), Hunter Hopkins (16) and Peyton Wozeniak (10) as LW pulled into a third-place tie with Liberty at 7-4. The Totems’ Natsumi Naito poured in a game-high 22.
Woodinville 54, Garfield 43
The Falcons are flying high again with their fifth straight KingCo 4A win since an upset loss to Roosevelt. Their 16-4 first quarter made the difference. Melissa Gilkey led all scorers with 22, while Deidra Miller added 11 and Ali Forde 10. For Garfield, Nyasha Sarju supplied 12, Renee Dillard-Brown 11 and Cora McManus 11.
Eastlake 49, Newport 44
Kendra Morrison sparked the 10th-ranked Wolves with 25 points, while Katy Ainslie chipped in 11. Chanel Cambronero scored 17 for Newport. Eastlake faces No. 6 Issaquah Friday.
Skyline 58, Redmond 29
Hailey Smith put up 10 points and eight other Skyline players scored four or more. Redmond’s Jordyn Ohrt hit for 13.
Inglemoor 51, Ballard 28
The trio of Taylor Peacocke (17), Kelly Conroy (12) and Molly Pence (10) paved the way for the Vikings. Ballard’s Theresa Moriarty had 13.
Lake Stevens 49, Stanwood 41
Trailing 28-12 at halftime didn’t deter the Vikings in this battle between teams that came in sharing the WesCo 4A North lead. Sophomore Brooke Pahukoa poured in 22 points. Stanwood got matching 11s from Sammi Kelleigh and Brenda Bingham.
Jackson 66, Kamiak 54
Freshman Kelli Kingma notched a game-high 17 points and got help from Sierra Anderson (16) and Kristin Stoffel (11) to pace the Timberwolves. For Kamiak, Lexi Burns scored 16 and Kate Blackwell 13.
Monroe 50, Snohomish 31
The Panthers held sensational Suzanna Ohslen to eight (she had 40 in a game last week), but Monroe showed its balance as Alyssa Brazel stepped up with 13 and Bianca O’Hara had 12. Kristina Bride led Snohomish with 10.
Mariner 46, Cascade 37
Jayde McFerrin (11) and Brittney Todhunter (10) topped Mariner’s scoring list, while Amie Bergman tossed in 12 for Cascade.
Arlington 50, Marysville-Pilchuck 46
Both teams showed balanced scoring. Arlington got 14 points from Lauren Grogan and 10 from Megan Abdo, while MP’s list was topped by Emily Enberg (15) and Morgan Martinez (13).
Shorecrest 67, Meadowdale 56
The Scots proved worthy of their new No. 10 ranking with the key WesCo 3A victory — their eighth straight win in a row — and you have a pick of stars. Janie Uppinghouse drained five of 10 three-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points, while India Matheson posted her seventh straight double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Plus, Brianne Lasconia delivered 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. At 9-2, Shorecrest remain a half-game behind league-leading Lynnwood (10-2) and has beaten the Royals twice. Meadowdale’s Margreet Barhoum scored 13 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter.
Lynnwood 55, Glacier Peak 48
Mokun Fajemisin made sure the Royals stayed in first place with 24 points and Meghan Cross added 14. GP got three in double figures — Katie Hawkins (13), Becca Smith (12) and Olivia VanDlac (10).
Everett 67, Shorewood 49
Sidney Rielly popped in a game-high 17, Aliyah Davis had 13 and Kiki Harper 10 for the Seagulls. Shorewood was led by Lauren Thompson with 11.
Oak Harbor 46, Mountlake Terrace 43
Oak Harbor hurried to a 13-4 lead and held on and Anni Leete finished with 20 points. Terrace got 16 from Mindy James and 10 from Chrstine Lotz.
Seattle Prep 53, Lakeside 33
The Panthers picked up their sixth straight Metro victory since losing to top-ranked Holy Names and avenged an earlier eight-point loss to the Lions. Kari Luttinen dropped in 19 points and Quinn Glosniak added 10. Lakeside’s Whitney Best delivered 12.
Tyee 44, Renton 41
After trailing through the first three quarters, the Totems cranked it up in the fourth, 20-7, to pull out the Seamount victory. Arneshia Smith (14) and Kelly Marlow (10) led the way. Renton got 16 from Taylor Farris and 12 from Priscilla Tuiasosopo.
Lindbergh 50, Highline 37
Gabrielle Redwine went off for 26 points, canning four of five three-pointers, and dished off seven assists for the Eagles. Alesha Simpson just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 boards.
Northwest Yeshiva 67, Orting 48
The winners had four players in double figures — Ilana Greenberg (18), Milana Davydov (16), Julie Owen (14) and Halle Friedland (10). Orting was powered by Mykaelynn Powers (24) and Angela Jones (13).