I’m at Showare in Kent for the West Central District championship basektball games for boys and girls in 4A, 3A and 2A.
So that’s a wrap! Six championship games were decided.
Coming up at 8 p.m. is the final WCD game of the night as No. 6 Curtis plays No. 8 Bellarmine Prep for the 4A championship
Final: Curtis 53, Bellarmine 29. The Vikings (23-3), who face Jefferson in the regional round Saturday, won their third straight title and seventh since 1982. Dominic Robinson led the way with 19 points. Bellarmine Prep (16-8) now takes on No. 10 Arlington (20-3).
End of 3rd: Curtis 45, Bellarmine Prep 23. The Lions tried to get back in it with a 7-0 run early in the quarter, but Curtis responded with 12 unaswered points and is firmly in control once again.
At the half: Curtis 31, Bellarmine Prep 14. The Vikings are as-advertised with their high-octane offense and smothering defense.
End of 1st: Curtis 21, Bellarmine Prep 8. A pair of threes gave Prep a 6-2 lead, but the Vikings went high-voltage from there with 17 unanswered points. Bellarmine went nearly 5 minutse without scoring.
We are just a few minutes away from the start of the 4A girls title game between No. 1 Mount Rainier and No. 7 Beamer.
Final: Mount Rainier 51, Beamer 33. The Rams take their second straight WCD 4A title as Brittany McPhee scores 26 and twin Jordan adds 13. Quinessa Cayla0-Do leads Beamer with 15 and Nia Alexander followed with 13.
End of 3rd: Mount Rainier 35, Beamer 22. Brittany McPhee got back in the act for the Rams with seven points, giving her 19 for the game.
At the half: Mount Rainier 24, Beamer 11. It was 21-6 before the Titans held MR scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes and closed the gap to 21-11. Then Jordan McPhee nailed her second three-pointer of the quarter. She has 6 points. Twin Brittany has 12 — 10 of those coming in the first period.
End of 1st: Mount Rainier 14, Beamer 2. The Titans missed their first nine shots and turned the ball over eight times while falling into a 14-0 hole. Megan Huff finally sank a leaner with 16 seconds left in the quarter to get Beamer on the board.
Mount Rainier came from behind to beat Beamer here in the SPSL title game a week and a half ago. The Titans will be without freshman point guard Bria Rice, who is missing her third game with an ankle sprain. Coach Corey Alexander said he hopes to have her back for the regional round Friday.
Now the 3A boys game is underway between No. 3 Lincoln and unranked Timberline.
Final: Lincoln 52, Timberline 51. Tre’Shaun Fletcher (Colorado commit) made one of two free throws to give the Abes the lead with 18.7 seconds to go. After a Timeberline time out, it was Fletcher again with the big play — this time he blocked a shot by Brandell Evans. Fletcher finished with 21 points. Donaven Dorsey had 25 for Timberline, but couldn’t get the ball in his hands for a last try.
At the half: Timberline 26, Lincoln 25. The Abes missed plenty of chances in the first two quarters, but haven’t let the game slip away from them.
End of 1st: Timberline 12, Lincoln 10. The Blazers were up 10-4 at one point as Lincoln missed try after try. Abes finally warmed up at the end of the period.
3A girls game between Prairie and Wilson:
Final: Wilson 68, Prairie 42. The Rams left no doubt with a 15-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter, handing Prairie its first in-state loss. I believe it’s Wilson’s first district title.
Here are the scoring leaders for Wilson: Bethan Montgomery (18), Tia Briggs (16), Kapri Morrow (14) and Justin Laney (12). Great balance.
And for Prairie: Cori Woodward (16) and Aislinn Konig (11).
Wilson in firm control, 66-40, with less than 2 minutes to play!
End of 3rd: Wilson 46, Prairie 36. The Rams opened up a 13-point advantage before Cori Woodward’s three-pointer in the final seconds of the period.
At tha half: Wilson 36, Prairie 26. What a great second quarter for the Rams, who close it on a 15-5 run — including a long, banking three-pointer at the buzzer by Kaysha Fox. Tia Briggs scored six during that stretch. She leads all scorers with 12.
End of 1st: Prairie 13, Wilson 13. Falcons let a 13-8 lead slip away in the final 2 1/2 minutes.
At 2 p.m., the 3A girls title game is scheduled to tip off and it should be a good one between No. 1 Prairie (19-2) and No. 3 Wilson of Tacoma (21-2). Prairie is the defending state champion and has not lost to an in-state opponent. Wilson’s lone in-state loss was to No. 2 Cleveland last month.
Next up is the 2A boys title game, which features Clover Park (ranked No. 5 in the final poll) against Sequim, which moves up from No. 9 to No. 7 this week.
Final: Clover Park 60, Sequim 45. David Crisp (Cal recruit) keyed an 8-0 run to start the final quarter as the fifth-ranke Warriors finally pulled away. Crisp unofficially finished with 26 points. Sequim got 22 from Jason Brocklesby.
End of 3rd: Clover Park 41, Sequim 32. Sequim is sticking around and has been as close as seven. The Warriors, who won a state title in 2011 and placed fourth last year, will look to close this one out with a strong fourth.
At the half: Clover Park 30, Sequim 18. The Warriors appear to be in control but haven’t been able to pull away after that early lead. David Crisp leads all scorers with 13.
End of 1st: Clover Park 17, Sequim 9. A 10-run to start the game has the Warriors sitting pretty. High-scoring David Crisp is the real deal.
First up is the 2A girls final between No. 3 White River and Sumner — two SPSL foes.
Final: Sumner 57, White River 43. The Spartans get the job done against third-ranked White River, which clearly missed two starters (Kennedy Hobert played about two and a half quarters with that injured wrist, but didn’t score). Both advance to regionals.
End of 3rd: Sumner 40, White River 25. A 19-3 run to open the quarter put the Spartans in great position to win what I believe would be their first district title.
At the half: Sumner 20, White River 18. The Spartans led 20-17 with 3:46 left, then went scoreless. WR’s Kennedy Hobert is clearly bothered by that taped wrist. She is 0-for-8 from the field.
End of 1st: Sumner 11, White River 7. Spartans ride 8-0 run into the lead. Amanda Lance nails a short jumper at the buzzer to end that run.
The good news for White River is that leading scorer Kennedy Hobert has been warming up and apparently will start. Her right wrist is taped and coach Chris Gibson had told me last night she was questionable after injuring it during a fall in Saturday’s semifinal game. He feared it might be broken, but apparently not.
The Hornets will be without another starter, though, as Sutton Mills suffered a concussion Saturday.