Here is the final game from the West Central District basketball tournaments at ShoWare in Kent, determining the 4A title:
Curtis 59, Kentwood 43
Kentwood kept up with the fourth-ranked Vikings for most of the first half, trailing by just six entering the third quarter. But Curtis crept away and opened up a 17-point lead early in the fourth period.
Davonte Lacy scored a game-high 22 points, whjile Julian Vaughn added 111 and Darius Johnson-Wilcox 10.
Jason Boyce was the only Kentwood player in double figures with 13.
Curtis (20-5) now plays Puyallup to open the state playoffs — at Puyallup, no less. Kentwood (17-8) runs into top-ranked Garfield at Juanita.
Here are highlights from the 4A girls final:
Talia Walton scored 10 of her 17 points in the third quarter as the fourth-ranked Eagles opened up a 45-34 lead after being tied at the half. She added nine rebounds and five blocked shots.
Brittany Barrington was also key with 11 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists.
No. 7 Mount Rainier couldn’t match Federal Way’s physical defense. The Eagles held freshman Brittany McPhee to 14 after she averaged better than 27 in the three previous games. She also had 10 rebounds. Twin sister Jordan McPhee had a team-high 16.
Federal Way (23-2) opens the state playoffs Friday at Rogers against the loser of tonight’s game between Kentwood and Bellarmine Prep. Mount Rainier (21-4) travels to Inglemoor to face No. 8 Woodinville.
Here are highlights from the 3A boys final:
Lincoln 79, Decatur 53
The fourth-ranked Abes lived up to their billing and showed their balance as four players finished in double figures — Isaac Barsh (15), Jordan Russell (15), Geno Horsley (13) and Terrell Lewis (12).
Decatur’s Jerron Smith hit a game-high 23 and Dom Hunter added 12. Lincoln led 18-6 after one quarter and 43-17 at the half.
The Abes (21-2) kick off the state tournament against top-ranked O’Dea at Auburn. The Gators (17-7) get red-hot Bellevue at Bellevue College.
Here are highlights from the 3A girls final:
Prairie 53, Kennedy Catholic 46
The second-ranked Falcons proved they are still formidable without junior Heather Corral, who averages 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 assists and 4 blocks. As noted early, Corral suffered a season-ending knee injury Saturday.
Prairie put three players in double-figures — Megan Lindsley (13), Andrea Smith (11) and Angela Gelhar (10) — to win their first title since 2005 (4A).
No. 4 Kennedy, which had won the past two district championships, got a huge double-double from Aminah Williams with 19 points and 24 rebounds. Allie Madison added 13 points.
The Lancers led by seven early in the second half, then trailed by 10 in the fourth before making a late run to get within one point with 1:17 to go. But they failed to score the rest of the way.
Prairie (24-0) will face Lakeside in the opening round of the state tourney Friday at Aburun Mountainview. Kennedy (22-2) goes against No. 1 Holy Names at Bellevue College. The Lancers owe their only other loss to the Cougars.
From an earlier report:
We just got bad news about Prairie star Heather Corral. Corral, a sensational junior who missed nearly all of last season with a torn ACL in her right knee, suffered the same injury in her left knee Saturday night and is done for the year.
The second-ranked Falcons still have plenty of talent, but this is a huge blow to their 3A title hopes. They are getting ready to play No. 4 Kennedy Catholic (2 p.m. tipoff).
Here are highlights from the 2A boys final:
Clover Park 54, Fife 38
The young Warriors, who start two freshmen, broke out to an 18-8 lead in the first quarter and were never really threatened, looking every bit the No. 1 team in the state. It was their third win over their SPSL 2A mates in four tries.
The two frosh were key — Ahmad Rorie had a game-high 14 points and David Crisp added 10. Junior Dewayne Crawford also scored 10. Bryce Miller had a team-high nine for Fife.
Both teams are in the double-elimination round of the state tournament. Clover Park (23-2) opens with Squalicum at Mount Tahoma, while Fife (18-4) takes on No. 5 River Ridge at Tumwater.
Here are highlights from the 2A girls final:
Port Angeles 52, Eatonville 38
Senior guard Jessica Madison poured in 23 points to lift the 10th-ranked Roughriders to their first district title since 1999, when they were 4A. Alison Knowles added 11. PA led 20-13 at the half, then scored the first eight points of the third quarter. Eatonville, which got 13 from Becca Schrimpsher, never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Port Angeles (21-4) plays No. 5 Lynden in the first round of the state tournament next Friday at Foss (Tacoma), while Eatonville (18-8) faces No. 2 River Ridge at Black Hills. Those winners advance to the quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome, while the losers have one more opportunity to qualify.