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February 16, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Some girls basketball highlights from Tuesday night

The playoffs are heating up, and there were a pair of red-hot Sea-King 3A District girls basketball games at Bellevue College Tuesday night with state berths on the line.

The score that jumped out at me was Mercer Island 65, Cleveland 61. The Eagles are the defending 3A state champions and feature last year’s state MVP in senior Cheyenne Wilson, who had a team-high 16 points Tuesday.

Cleveland (19-5) owes its only other two in-state losses to top-ranked Holy Names. Mercer Island (16-10) started slowly this season, then won seven in a row before back-to-back playoff losses to Mount Si and Juanita. Tuesday, the Islanders got big performances from Hailey Gullstad (25 points), Kris Brackmann (21) and Jae Shin (15) to earn a return trip to state.

And why is it not a huge surprise to me that Seattle Prep knocked off No. 9 Mount Si in the other quarterfinal at Bellevue College? Coach Michelle Hall has a way of getting her geam ready to play its best basketball at the right time.

The Panthers (16-7) finished third in the Metro Mountain division behind No. 1 Holy Names and Lakeside, but have now won four straight playoff games. And they have one of the area’s top players in senior Kari Luttinen, who poured in 27 Tuesday.

Freelancer Doug Drowley was at Chief Sealth for the other two quarterfinals, where top-ranked Holy Names beat Juanita, 74-41, and Lakeside topped Liberty, 42-27. Erika Johnson was the star for the Cougars with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals. Lakeside’s Whitney Best showed again why she is among the area’s best players with 19 points.

Check out his story, and there are more details on the other quarterfinals there, too.

Now we have Cleveland, Mount Si, Liberty and Juanita battling for the fifth and final Sea-King berth to state. Some good teams will be staying home.

Here are highlights from some of Tuesday’s other local girls games:

KingCo 4A Tournament

Issaquah 59, Garfield 54

The Eagles jumped ahead 18-8 in the first quarter and Garfield never recovered in the loser-out contest, despite a game-high 26 points from Nyasha Sarju. Maddey Pflaumer (17) and Sabrina Norton (13) led the way for Issaquah, which got six or more from four others. Only four Garfield players scored, including Renee Dillard-Brown (13) and Cora McManus (11).

Issaquah plays Eastlake Thursday in another loser-out game and the winner must clear one final hurdle — against the No. 3 WesCo qualifier — to reach the state tourney.

Eastlake 66, Inglemoor 53

Kendra Morrision pumped in 21 points to key the victory, while Abby Carlson added 15 and Caleigh McCabe 10. The Wolves pulled away with a 20-7 third quarter. Taylor Peacocke paced Inglemoor with 20 points, while Kelly Conroy had 13.

West Central/Southwest 4A Bi-District Tournament

Bellarmine Prep 42, Auburn 29

Bellarmine, which moved up to No. 1 in this week’s state rankings, struggled offensively, but got the job done on defense. Simonne Potts hit a team-high 10, while Auburn’s Isia Johnson recorded a game-best 14.

Auburn Riverside 64, Bethel 40

Brook Hinkens and Kat Cooper knocked down 22 and 20 points, respectively, for the third-ranked Ravens. Bethel got 12 from Kara Sarr and 10 from Sirrenahdi Battle.

Federal Way 74, Tahoma 40

The fourth-ranked Eagles are still without Talia Walton (knee), but didn’t miss a beat as five Eagles landed in double figures — Darah Huertas-Vining (20), Brittany Barrington (15), Dyesha Bellhumeur (14) and Raven Benton (11). For Tahoma, Katie Buskey and Jordan Eberhardt had matching 11s.

Mount Rainier 88, Mount Tahoma 50

The performance of the night came from freshman Brittany McPhee, who sparked the No. 7 Rams with 30 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists. Kiana Gandy added 19 points and 19 rebounds. Zerina Kapetoanovic added 11 points.

Kentwood 58, Evergreen (Vancouver) 53

The Conquerors overcame a slow start, trailing 15-8 in the first quarter. A trio of KW players reached in double figures — Liz Mills (15), Kyli Huerta (13) and Sarah Toeaina (10).

Emerald Ridge 47, Rogers 45

Taylor Buie poured in 25 points to key the victory. Kaitlyn Sauders and Kalani Ulufale had 15 each for Rogers.

West Central/Southwest 3A Bi-District Tournament

Auburn Mountainview 51, Mountain View (Vancouver) 20

Coach Chris Carr’s teams are generally known for their defense, and it showed here as the Lions set a district record for fewest points allowed. The previous record was 21 points back in 1996 — set by the White River team Carr coached in a victory over Sequim. Offensively, Cate Carr put together 14 points and 11 boards, while Hattie Kosko grabbed 15 rebounds to go with eight points.

Northwest 3A District Tournament

Lynnwood 72, Shorewood 38

The Royals kept their state hopes alive, led by the 15 apiece from Meghan Cross and Linda Wilson. Arsenia Ivanov added 14 and Mokun Fajemisin 11. Shorewood’s Masha Shtikel scored a game-high 16. Lynnwood plays Ferndale Friday for the third and final state berth. Ferndale eliminated Meadowdale Tuesday, 50-44 (no details reported).

Northwest 2A District Tournament

Burlington-Edison 55, Archbishop Murphy 39

Ryleigh Swagerty (18) and Mariah Swanson (10) sparked B-E, while Beth Carlson was the top scorer for the Wildcats with 11.

West Central 2A District Tournament

Fife 63, Tyee 40

Fife’s Ciara Pedroni went off for 31 points. Tyee’s Arneshia Smith had 19.

Eatonville 59, Franklin Pierce 20

The Cruisers cruised behind three double-digit scorers — Becca Schrimpsher (12), Courtney Fairhart (11) and Loredana Hoesel (11).

Tri-District 1A Tournament

King’s 57, Cascade Christian 52

Trailing 44-36 after three quarters, the Knights (ranked No. 9 in last week’s Asspciated Press poll) responded with a 21-8 burst to earn the victory. Joclyn Kirton (19) and Karlie Storkson (17) led the way. Cascade Christian’s Kadyn Coltom pumped in 24 points, while Kaycee Creech had 14.

Seattle Christian 37, Nooksack Valley 26

Katie Collier collected 16 points for the sixth-ranked Warriors.

Bellevue Christian 45, Vashon Island 25

Maren Haines led a balanced Bellevue attack with 13 points, followed by Alina Valley (12) and Bree Oldham (10). Charlotte Kehoe dropped in 11 for Vashon.



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