Now for a look at the 3A girls state playoff games this weekend:
4 p.m. — Auburn Mountainview (20-7) vs. Lynnwood (20-4), loser out
7:30 p.m. — Mercer Island (17-11) vs. Glacier Peak (14-9), winner to state quarterfinals
1 p.m. — Mercer Island/Glacier Park winner vs. Auburn Mountainview/Lynnwood loser, winner to state quarterfinals, loser out
The skinny — Not long ago, Mountainview and Lynnwood were both in the state rankings. But each stumbled in their respective district tourneys. The Lions had to win three loser-out games just to get here, and the Royals two. This is an interesting matchup and could come down to Lynnwood’s high-octane offense vs. Mountainview’s lock-down defense. If the Lions don’t survive this weekend, look for them to make a lot of noise next season as they have a lot of young talent. Glacier Peak has been the surprise team out of WesCo 3A, but could have its hands full with a MI team that finally seems to be playing the way many expected before the season started.
At Bellevue College
4 p.m. — No. 5 Timberline (22-1) vs. No. 7 Shorecrest (15-8), loser out
7:30 p.m. — No. 4 Kennedy Catholic (22-2) vs. No. 1 Holy Names (25-0), winner to state quarterfinals
1 p.m. — Timberline/Shorecrest winner vs. Kennedy Catholic/Holy Names loser, winner to state quarterfinals, loser out
The skinny — I’ve had the Cougars at No. 1 all year and they’ve done nothing to cause me to waver in believing they are the favorites to win it all. They handled Kennedy fairly easily earlier this season, but the Lancers feel they learned a lot from that game and envision a different outcome. Timberline is loaded with talent and played JFK tough in the WCD/SW Bi-District semifinals. Shorecrest has had a great second-half of the season and won’t go away quietly. It could come down to Kennedy and Timberline squaring off for that final state berth.
At Auburn Mountainview and Auburn
Friday (Auburn Mountainview)
6 p.m. — Seattle Prep (16-9) vs. Wilson (18-6), loser out
8 p.m. — Lakeside (16-9) vs. Prairie (24-0), winner to state quarterfinals
1 p.m. — Seattle Prep/Wilson winner vs. Lakeside/Prairie loser, winner to state quarterfinals, loser out
The skinny — Before Heather Corral’s season-ending injury last Saturday, I saw Prairie as the team that had the best shot at Holy Names and that state title. Even without her, the Falcons were able to bet Kennedy in the WCD/SW Bi-District final and I still see them as the top team among this quartet — primarily because of the style of defense they play. But Lakeside presents a challenge. Wilson has struggled a bit over the past few weeks after a fast start, but still could be a handful for Prep.
At Shadle Park and Spokane Falls CC
Friday (Shadle Park)
6 p.m. — North Central (16-8) vs. Kamiakin (17-5), winner to state quarterfinals
8 p.m. — No. 3 Cleveland (21-5) vs. No. 10 Eastmont (18-5), loser out
Saturday (Spokane Falls CC)
1 p.m. — Cleveland/Eastmont winner vs. North Central/Kamiakin loser, winner to state quarterfinals, loser out
The skinny — I like Cleveland’s chances of getting back to the Tacoma Dome to defend its title. But the Eagles can’t look past any of these teams. North Central shocked No. 6 Shadle Park two nights in a row to earn a spot here and should get the nod over Kamiakin coming in.