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February 11, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Some girls basketball highlights from Thursday night

Congratulations to the Mount Si girls basketball team, which captured the title in the KingCo 3A Tournament Thursday with a 39-32 victory over Liberty.

The Wildcats take the No. 1 seed into the Sea-King 3A District Tournament and enjoy a first-round bye. They will play Tuesday against the winner of Saturday’s opener between Seattle Prep and Nathan Hale.

Senior Jori Braun was the star against Liberty with a season-high 18 points, including five three-pointers. Danni Sjolander led the Patriots with 15. Liberty opens district play Saturday in a loser-out game against Bishop Blanchet (Metro No. 8).

In the other KingCo 3A Tournament game to decide third and fourth places to district, Juanita avenged last month’s regular-season loss to Mercer Island with a 69-60 victory as sophomore Mikayla Jones matched her best game with 28 points. Kate Cryderman added 17 and Molly Grager 11. The Rebels, who won the regular-season title but were upset by Liberty in the tourney semifinals, square off against Franklin (Metro No. 6) in the first round of district play Saturday.

Mercer Island got 19 points from Jae Shin and 15 from Kris Brackmann. The Islanders take on Bainbridge (Metro. No. 4) Saturday to begin district action.

On to highlights from some other girls games from Thursday night:

Metro League Tournament

Lakeside 46, Bainbridge 33 (3rd-4th)

Danielle Estell was the only Lakeside player in double figures with 11, but four others contributed six points or more and the Lions pulled away with a 13-2 fourth quarter. Bainbridge was led by Hannah Depew (11) and Grace Kenyon (10).

Seattle Prep 62, Franklin 57 (5th-6th)

Kari Luttinen poured in 24 points and Purshall Artison added 18 to pace the Panthers. Franklin put three in double figures — Qiara Norwood (16), Patrice Toston (15) and Janee Lewis (11).

Nathan Hale 61, Bishop Blanchet 55

Gabby Evans keyed the Raiders’ comeback by scoring 17 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter. They trailed 43-36 going into that final period. Angel Tulee added 17 points. For Blanchet, Blake Ballantyne scored 21 and Stephanie Rex 11.

SPSL 4A South tiebreaker

Bethel 40, Spanaway Lake 38

The Braves used a 12-5 fourth quarter to avenge last Friday’s loss to the Sentinels and earn the fifth and final spot into the SPSL tournament. Danielle Tabb (15) and Sirrenahdi Battle (13) led the way. Spanaway Lake got 13 from Nneka Nnadi.

Northwest 2A District Tournament

Sehome 46, Cedarcrest 32

Sehome outscored the Red Wolves 14-6 in the first quarter and 15-2 in the third. Haley Smith was the only player on either team in double figures with 13.

SPSL/Seamount 2A Sub-District Tournament

White River 50, Foster 43

The fifth-ranked Hornets survived a triple-double from Foster’s Shantell Jackson (20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 steals) in part because they held Sahara Hill to a season-low eight points (10 below her average). Brooke Paulson pumped in 24 for White River, while Kennedy Hobert added 10. Foster got 11 from Destiny Beasley.

Sumner 51, Port Angeles 41

The ninth-ranked Spartans pulled off the upset over PA, which came in tied for second in this week’s Associated Press poll. Erika Olsen was the spark with 21 points, while Kaitlin King and Angie Sanchez put up matching 10s. The Roughriders were led by Kaih Jones with 13.

Emerald City League Tournament

Bellevue Christian 51, Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 46

Maren Haines and Lauren Mortier put up 13 points apiece to provide the spark. Cedar Park’s Rachel Staudacher finished with a game-high 15, while Laura Goodnight had 11.

Northwest School 37, Bush 8

After leading just 21-16 at the half, the Northwest School dominated and got a game-high 13 points from Mia Bladwin.

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