I’m really glad I got to catch the girls game between Mount Rainier and Auburn Riverside Wednesday night. It was a wild one with Mount Rainier ultimately winning, 78-73.
You can read my story here.
At times, the unbeaten, second-ranked Rams seemed a definite cut above — like when they opened up a 24-point lead in the third quarter. At other times, they showed their youth (only two seniors are regulars).
Auburn Riverside, ranked No. 7 in 4A, had its good moments and bad, too. When they’re taking care of the basketball and hitting their shots, they are awfully tough. Both teams have the potential to make deep playoff runs.
Mount Rainier, by the way, likely will move into the No. 1 spot in next week’s rankings, if they close out the regular seasn with a win over Kentridge Friday. If you missed it, current No. 1 Central Valley of Spokane suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday to Shadle Park, 54-53. Shadle, in the 3A top-10 to start the season, appears to be back on track.
There were plenty of other key games Wednesday, including a Metro thriller between No. 7 Franklin and No. 3 Cleveland. Franklin pulled the upset in that one, 64-58. And No. 6 Seattle Prep barely held off Holy Names, 33-30. And back in 4A action, Federal Way drilled No. 8 Emerald Ridge, 65-43, avenging an earlier loss.
You can read some of the highlights in this roundup.
And here are some highlights from the other Wednesday games reported to The Times:
Inglemoor 69, Garfield 47
The Vikings, who have a big showdown with Woodinville Saturday, put three in double figures — Kelly Conroy (18), Taylor Peacocke (17) and Kate Taylor (13). Garfield got 20 apiece from Nyasha Sarju and Cierra Levias.
Skyline 55, Eastlake 44
Megan Wiedeman paced the Spartans with 17 points, while Eastlake’s Maggie Douglas hit for 10.
Kentwood 52, Jefferson 40
Sarah Toeaina connected for 18 and Alycea DeLong added 12 for the Conquerors. TJ got 11 from Kristine Coranado.
Kentridge 51, Kent-Meridian 48
The Chargers used a 30-15 fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Courtnae Williams finished with 11 points and Imani Brooks had 10. K-M’s Aubreyana Anderson poured in 21 and Jasmine Gault chipped in 10.
Auburn 47, Kentlake 44
The Trojans, who survived a 20-6 Kentlake comeback in the fourth, were powered by Sienna Pollard (12) and Taryn Papillon (10).
Curtis 48, Graham-Kapowsin 38
Sierra Dean pumped in 21 to lead the Vikings, while G-K was paced by Sheena Coers with 15.
Stanwood 56, Snohomish 41
We had this score in the roundup, but I wanted to mention Stanwood’s three players with 13 points each — Paisley Heckman, Tristen Murphy and Rachel Swartz.
Edmonds-Woodway 54, Kamiak 51
Natalie Kasper led a trio of E-W players in double figures with 17 and was followed by Madeline Kasper (12) and Seyi Olajoyegbe (10). For Kamiak, Erika Larson scored 16 and Laurenna Plourd 14.
Monroe 63, Arlington 47
The Bearcats used a three-pronged attack in Ashley Alexander (15), Alyssa Brazel (14) and Kierra Wilkins (10). Arlington’s Krista Showalter connected for 22, while Lindsay Brown had 11.
Seattle Prep 33, Holy Names 30
Again, you got this score in the roundup, but props to each team’s scoring leaders — Prep’s Michaela Carew with 11 and Holy Names’ Jasmine McCleave with 13.
Lakeside 48, Bishop Blanchet 36
Kaylee Best (15) and Danielle Estell (12) led the way. Micah Lussier finished with 12 for the Braves.
Nathan Hale 64, Ingraham 43
Gabby Evans tossed in 20 and Angel Tulee added 10 for the Raiders. Ingraham was paced by Chantier Johnson (12) and Ellen Smith (10).
Bainbridge 49, Rainier Beach 18
Wesley Nottingham and Ivy Terry scored 10 each to top a balanced attack. Beach got 15 from Iman Burks.
Chief Sealth 55, West Seattle 39
Victoria Elleby (16) and Averie Mascarinas (13) sparked the Seahawks. Hailey Hage hit 13 for West Seattle.
Lake Washington 61, Mercer Island 51
Peyton Wozeniak poured in 20 and got help from Hunter Hopkins (17) and Cassie Lively (13) as the Kangs stayed hot. MI’s Savanna Reid logged 18.
Bellevue 62, Sammamish 32
The Wolverines put three in double digits — Carly Best (15), Shelby Fanning (12) and Katie Savard (12).
Tyee 54, Highline 53
Arinesha Smith had another big game with 28 points and the rest of Tyee’s scoring came from Taylor McMillon (16) and Emily Maiyo (10). Highline’s Darshell Walker poured in 21 and Sonya Savini added 12.
Archbishop Murphy 59, Sultan 23
The Wildcats were sparked by Beth Carlson (17), while Dani Markwood scored 13 for Sultan.
South Whidbey 43, Lakewood 37
Haley Newman went off for 23 to key the victory with Ellie Greene adding 12. Lakewood got 16 from Ashley Orr.
White River 58, Steilacoom 25
Nine White River players scored, led by Kennedy Hobert (15) and Cassidy France (10). Alex Jenkins hit 10 for Steilacoom.
Fife 27, Washington 24
Each team got the bulk if its scoring from once source. for Fife it was Ciara Pedroni (18) and for Washington Caylah Doss (14).
King’s 45, Cedarcrest 30
Joclyn Kirton (16) and Karly Hibbard (10) paced the Knights, while Cedarcrest got 10 from Kailyn Campbell.
Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 63, Overlake 21
Rachel Staudacher erupted for 27 points and Madison Parmenter chipped in 10.
Chimacum 83, Orting 51
Chimacum got twin scoring from Cydney Nelson and Kirsten Snyder with 23 each, while Mallori Cossell and Lauren Tahacker adding 10 apiece. For Orting, Savannah Burr scored 18 and Kierra Carson 16.