Here is a breakdown of Saturday’s Class 3A girls basketball regional games:
Winners to quarterfinals March 1-3 at Tacoma Dome, losers out
At Jackson H.S. (Mill Creek)
No. 6 Auburn Mountainview (10-5) vs. No. 7 Seattle Prep (20-6), 4 p.m.
The Lions placed sixth at last year’s tournament with virtually the same team. Senior post Cait Carr is the two-times SPSL 3A MVP and averages better than 17 points and seven rebounds per game. She can shoot the three or work in the paint and has a good supporting cast. Prep, which won the 3A title in 2002, is battle-tested out of the Metro League and features a balanced offensive attack led by junior Michaela Carew (11.3 ppg), and All-Metro choice.
Timberline (15-8) vs. No. 8 Shorecrest (19-4), 6 p.m.
Timberline guard Sasha Weber, who has signed with New Mexico State, is one of the state’s top players and averages better than 20 ppg. She’ll need to have a big night and get some help if the Blazers hope to advance (they fell one game short last year). Shorecrest is led by senior Brianne Lasconia, who averages 17.8 and has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. The Scots are coming off a strong District 1 tourney.
At Bellevue College
Glacier Peak (18-6) vs. No. 10 Lakeside (19-7), 4 p.m.
The Grizzlies, looking to return to the final eight for the second straight year, are powered by Katie Hawkins (15 ppg) and Taylor Rasmussen (10.8). Lakeside is peaking at the right time and reached the championship game of the Sea-King tournament before losing to Franklin. Kaylee Best (12.2) and Danielle Estell (10.7) have keyed the Lions’ run back to the round of 16. Best was a first-team All-Metro selection.
Camas (19-8) vs. No. 4 Franklin (21-3), 6 p.m.
Exchange student Jenka Stisana is scoring around10 points per game and has helped the Papermakers advance to the final 16 for only the second time in school history (they were regional qualifiers in 1978). Franklin has won 17 in a row to qualify for the first time since 2009. Five players average seven points or more, led by Patrice Tosten (11.8), who was a first-team choice in the All-Metro voting.
At Rogers H.S. (Puyallup)
Cleveland (19-6) vs. No. 3 Wilson (20-3), 4 p.m.
The Eagles, who enjoyed a Cinderella ride to the title in 2010 and finished a game short of the quarterfinals last season, are young and athletic – keyed by sophomores Makayla Roper (12.4) and MyMy Ladd (9.9). Roper landed on the All-Metro first team. They have struggled down the stretch, losing three of their last four. Wilson had a 16-game win streak snapped by Prairie (their only in-state loss) in the district championship game. Tia Briggs and Bethany Montgomery, both juniors, average around 15 points apiece.
Juanita (21-5) vs. No. 1 Prairie (23-1), 6 p.m.
Kate Cryderman, the KingCo 3A/2A Playoer of the Year, is Juanita’s all-time leading scorer and averages 17.2 ppg. The Rebels were ranked in the top-five to start the season, but have been inconsistent down the stretch. This is their first appearance in the round of 16 since 1987. They won 4A titles in ’81 and ’86. Prairie has won 23 in a row since a season-opening loss to 4A Skyview and is widely considered one of the state’s top programs (24 top-8 finishes including five titles). UW-bound Heather Corral is one of four players averaging better than 10 ppg. She missed the tournament last year with her second torn ACL and the Falcons still finished second.
At Richland H.S.
University (15-7) vs. No. 5 Shadle Park (16-7), 4 p.m.
It’s the third meeting of the season between the Greater Spokane League teams, which take some extra lumps competing against their 4A counterparts. U-Hi won the first two, but Shadle won the most recent one and is on a 9-1 run with the lone loss coming against 4A Mead. The Highlanders, who placed third in 2010, are led by senior Aleisha Hathaway (12.7 ppg). University, last in the round of 16 back in 2007, feature juniors Hallie Gennett (14.5) and Kayleigh Valley (12.6).
No. 9 Lakes (20-5) vs. No. 2 Kamiakin (22-0), 6 p.m.
OSU-bound Khadidja Toure makes Kamiakin a title threat after last year’s fourth-place finish. She is the two-time Big 9 Player of the Year and averages more than 20 ppg (she scored a career-high 48 against West Valley of Yakima this season). Lakes senior Aubre Mitchell can be fun to watch, too, scoring better than 17 a game on average. The Lancers have lost two of their last three.