I got the chance to see the Mount Rainier girls basketball team in action Thursday night.
The Rams, ranked No. 2 in 4A, played previously unbeaten Auburn Riverside, a perennial contender and the defending champion in the SPSL 4A North Division. It’s still very early, obviously, and Mount Rainier has plenty to work on, but I was impressed in the 61-48 victory — especially considering point guard Jordan McPhee didn’t play (she’s in San Diego for the Foot Locker national high-school cross country championships on Saturday).
Brittany McPhee is a beast on the boards. They didn’t have official rebounds available, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she had close to 20 to go along with her 27 points. Riverside shows plenty of potential, too. The Ravens were within six points with just a little over a minute to play.
We’re having to keep our game stories pretty short because of space restrictions, but you can a little more about it here.
And here’s an FYI — top-ranked Lewis and Clark of Spokane lost by 20 to No. 3 Central Valley this week. So, there will be a new No. 1 in 4A on Monday. Will it be Mount Rainier? You’ll have to check back to see.
Oh, and I forgot to mention a big game from Monday, where Skyview (No. 7 in 4A) took down Prairie (No. 1 in 3A), 48-33. The Falcons shot very poorly (4 of 39 on three-pointers and 13 of 60 overall) and were still withing eight points with three minutes to play. That’s a big win for the Storm — their very first over Prairie in school history — and says a lot about how good they are in my book. They stand at 3-0 after two other lopsided victories.
Prairie beat Heritage handily on Wednesday. So, how does that loss affect the Falcons’ ranking? Will there be a new No. 1 in 3A as well? Again, you’ll have to visit the blog on Monday to find out. To be honest, I haven’t given it a lot of thought yet.
OK, now on to some highlights from other girls games played Thursday, as reported to The Times (and be sure to check out the first one on the list):
Emerald Ridge 88, Federal Way 82 (OT)
Taylor Buie poured in 46 points, including all 12 for ER in overtime, as the Jaguars handed the ninth-ranked Eagles their first loss of the season. It was quite a battle between high-scoring guards as Federal Way’s Darah Huertas-Vining pumped in 31, accounting for all of her team’s points in OT.
Both teams had other players make significant scoring contributions as well. For ER, Stephanie Riley had 18 and Katrina Matias 13. For Federal Way, Tanya Bono dropped in 18, while Dyesha Behleumeur and Raven Benton added 11 apiece.
Before the season started, I had Emerald Ridge in my top-10, until I heard that two of their tall starters from last season had transferred. So I started them on the watch list. I’m really watching now and at 4-0 the Jags likely will jump in the rankings next week (although they still have another game Saturday, against 3-1 Spanaway Lake).
Kentwood 48, Jefferson 41
In a tale of two halves, the Conquerors rallied big-time after trailing 25-17, outscoring the raiders 31-16 the rest of athe way. Jenny Johnson (19 points) and Alycea DeLong (11) set the pace. Jada Piper led TJ with 15.
Kentridge 57, Kent-Meridian 43
Courtnae Williams led a trio of Kentridge players in double figures with 16 and was followed by Lizzet Dominquez (14) and Terrianna Emerson-Rowe (12). K-M also had three players with 10 or more — Malika Henry (11), Aubreyana Anderson (10) and Alexandria Witherspoon (10).
Auburn 39, Kentlake 27
Sienna Pollard and Jasmine Tomak put up matching 10’s to lead the Trojans. Alyssa Simonson topped the Kentlake list with nine.
Puyallup 57, Spanaway Lake 49
Marissa Miller dropped in 23 points and Kasey Balmer added 11 for the Vikings. Spanaway Lake’s Raina Frazier finished with 13.
Bethel 47, Rogers 45
Karina Farr tossed in a game-high 21 for Bethel. For Rogers, Jordan Asher (19) and Leigha Stroh (11) did most of the damage.
Graham-Kapowsin 38, Curtis 33
Only G-K scoring provided, ledy by 10 from Sierra Knapton.
Beamer 51, Decatur 46
Meghan Graf hit for 20 to lead the Titans. Decatur got a game-high 24 from A’yesia Rogers and 10 from Latrice Johnson. A 13-2 second quarter made the difference for Beamer.
Auburn Mountainview 67, Highline 36
The Lions, ranked No. 6 in 3A, put four players in double figures — Cait Carr (18), Hattie Kosko (14), Erika Lombardo (13) and Aalia Braboy (10).
North Thurston 57, Bonney Lake 45
Naomi Pounds and Mekenzie Voellger scored 18 and 17, respectively, for Bonney Lake. No NT scoring provided.
King’s 73, Sultan 33
King’s was sparked by Karlie Storkson (18), Julia Berensen (17) and Joclyn Kirton (11). Sultan’s Dani Markwood had 12.
Northwest Yeshiva 43, Mount Rainier Lutheran 27
The victory was keyed by Milana Davydov (11 points), Julia Owen (11) and Ilana Greenberg (10).