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February 22, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Post-Ups: Bonus edition with a look at local girls basketball teams in the 2A, 1A and 1B regionals, plus a quick hit on 2B

You’re getting a bonus edition of Post-Ups, my girls basketball notebook, in an effort to give you a look at today’s regional games in 2A on down involving local teams. 

I won’t be able to be as comprehensive as I was for 4A and 3A yesterday, but I’ll give you what I can.

Class 2A

Find the bracket with sites and times here.

No. 6 Cedarcrest (21-3) vs. Port Angeles (17-5) 

The Red Wolves are enjoying their best season in school history, reaching the round of 16 for the first time. They had won 13 straight before losing 54-45 to No. 4 Burlington-Edison in the Northwest District championship game, then bounced back to beat Archbishop Murphy, 56-50, to earn the No. 2 seed to regionals. Three players average in double figures, led by guard Susan Kenney at 14.1. PA is the No. 3 seed out of the West Central District after losing to No. 3 White River in the semis. The team features a balanced scoring attack keyed by 5-6 guard Maddy Hinrichs, who averages about 12 per game. PA reached the quarterfinals last year, then lost two straight.

No. 9 River Ridge (18-5) vs. No. 3 White River (21-4)

Late-season injuries threaten the Hornets’ return to the SunDome, where they placed third after losing in the semifinals to East Valley of Yakima. Leading scorer Kennedy Hobert, a 5-10 senior, was averaging better than 19 points per game before injuring her right (shooting) wrist in the WCD semifinals. She gamely played for two-plus quarters in Monday’s title tilt against Sumner, but missed all 11 of her shots. Coach Chris Gibson said this morning that her availability will be a game-time decision. Same for senior guard Sutton Mills, a defensive gem who suffered a concussion in the semis and sat out Monday. The Hornets weren’t themselves in the 57-43 loss to Sumner, a team they had beaten twice. They had won 12 straight going in. River Ridge was eliminated in the regional round last season after winning the 2A title in 2010 and finishing third in 2011. The Hawks are led by junior guard Jazzlynn Brewster, who averages 15 ppg. 

Renton (21-4) vs. Sumner (22-4)

This should be an interesting game – and a rematch from the sub-district tournament, where Sumner prevailed in double-overtime, 50-47. I was impressed with the Spartans as they won their first-ever district title Monday. They have a lot of weapons, but their most consistent player has been 6-foot sophomore Jamie Lange (14.8 ppg). They’ve got good size with two other starters checking in at 5-11. Sumner lost in the regional round in 2011, and before that made its only other state appearance back in 1996. Renton, which lost to W.F. West at regionals last year, was a top-10 team for much of the season but has gone just 2-2 lately. The Indians feature one of the area’s top scorers in 5-11 junior Taylor Farris, who has been putting up nearly 23 points per outing. If she gets help from players like Jordan Armstrong (9.3) and Natajia McMillan (7.3), Renton could advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1987, when the team went on to finish second to Garfield.

No. 7 Archbishop Murphy (19-5) vs. No. 2 W.F. West (19-4)

If you want to see some talented big girls play, head down to Tumwater for this one. Archbishop Murphy is keyed by 6-2 Beth Carlson, a Santa Clara signee who averages around 15 points and 14 rebounds per game. W.F. West counters with 6-3 Jamika Parker, the Evergreen Conference MVP who’s been good for 12.5 points and 10 rebounds per outing. But Parker is best known for her shot-blocking ability and owns a career-record 310, including 129 this season. Both teams have additional size as well. Madison Pollock, a 6-foot freshman, is ATM’s second leading scorer (11.3 ppg), followed by Monti Cooper (8.8) and Anna Maher (6.6), both 5-10. The Bearcats, who own a pair of top-six state trophies the past two seasons, have 6-1 Julie Spencer and 5-11 Olivia Erskine. Archbishop Murphy didn’t make it out of the district tourney last year after reaching the regional round in 2011. The Wildcats placed fifth in 2010 and second in 2009. 

Washington (12-12) vs. No. 1 Mark Morris (21-2)

The Patriots look to be in tough against the team favored to win it all. I really don’t know much of anything about the squad, to be perfectly honest, and am not even sure if we have their record right. The Pats finished third in the SPSL behind White River and Sumner. I did a little checking around and am told their top player is 6-foot senior Jakajah Douglas. Caylah Doss, a 5-10 senior, has also been key but could be questionable with a foot injury. Emily Herde, a 5-8 senior, is the other top contributor. Mark Morris is keyed by sophomore twins Kourney and Karley Eaton, who shared Player of the Year honors in the Southwest Trico Division. The Monarchs are hungry after losing by three to Lynden in last year’s regional round.

Class 1A

Find the bracket with sites and times here.

No. 6 Woodland (19-3) vs. No. 1 Cascade Christian (20-1)

Gotta give some love to the Cougars from Puyallup, who were ranked No. 1 in the last Associated Press poll I could find – although they lost in the district final to No. 5 Lynden Christian last Saturday, 51-36. They are led by 5-9 senior Kaycee Creech, who averages 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.9 assists. Katie Rozumny, a 5-5 junior, follows at 10.7 ppg. Cascade Christian reached the SunDome last year, but went 0-2. In fact, the school has not won a state game (other than regionals last year) since placing fifth in 2001. The record I found for Woodland was on MaxPreps, and I’m not sure how accurate it is. The Beavers finished third in the Southwest District tournament, and I know nothing beyond that about this year’s team. Woodland was a 2A state regular between 2001-06, but hasn’t been back since.

Kings (16-8) vs. Montesano (13-10)

The Knights kept their season alive in an elimination game in the Tri-District tourney against Bellevue Christian, 56-29. According to the stats reported to us, they don’t have anyone averaging in double figures, but show great balance with seven players contributing between 5.0 and 9.4, led by 5-11 sophomore Savanna Hanson. Last season, King’s was 21-3 before being upset in the regional round by Granger, 47-43. Again, I got Montesano’s record off MaxPreps and found nothing else. The Bulldogs reached the Southwest championship game before losing to No. 3 Castle Rock, 43-32. This is their first trip to the round of 16 since 1999, when they were a 2A school.

Class 2B

Find the bracket with sites and times here.

There aren’t any teams I’d consider local in the field of 16. Crosspoint Academy in Bremerton (which eliminated Bear Creek for the final berth out of the Northwest Bi-District tourney), and Northwest Christian in Lacey are about as close as we’d get. Reardan is the defending state champion ranked No. 1 at last check. Pe Ell and Raymond, which finished 2-3 in the most recent AP rankings I found, are paired in one of the regional games at Mark Morris.

Class 1B

Find the bracket with sites and times here.

Disclaimer: I am not certain at all on these records. 

St. John-Endicott (18-6) vs. Tulalip Heritage (20-3)

The Hawks from Marysville knocked off third-ranked Neah Bay in the Tri-District semifinals before losing to streaking Shoreline Christian. Adiya Jones-Smith, a 5-10 freshman, is the team’s leading scorer at 17.7 ppg, followed by Katia Brown (16.1) and Kanoa Enick (10.4). I couldn’t find any state history in girls basketball for the school, so this might be a first. I’m clueless on St. John-Endicott, other than the team tied for second in the Southeast 1B league behind top-ranked Colton. The Eagles reached the regional round in 2011.

Mount Rainier Lutheran (23-2) vs. Shoreline Christian (17-8)

When I looked at Shoreline Christian’s season, I admit I was a little shocked. The Crusaders came into the Tri-District tourney as a No. 7 seed and went on to win the title, knocking off second-seeded Mount Rainier Lutheran and top-seeded Tulalip Heritage. They also beat Mount Vernon Christian, the No. 4 seed, 69-64 in the semifinals – a team they had lost to twice earlier, including 62-29 on Jan. 25. Obviously, this is a team playing its best basketball right now. Sophomore Bella Hermesch scored a season-high 24 points in the title game and added eight rebounds, six steals and four blocks. Sarah Ott, another soph, has been the team’s top scorer on the season, averaging 20.5. The Crusaders are bidding to get back to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008. Mount Rainier Lutheran, located in Tacoma, was 17-0 in the Sea-Tac 1B Conference. Senior guard Haley Rue leads the Hawks in scoring at 12.2. Their lone top-16 appearance was in 2011, when they lost at regionals.

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