I’ve been expecting good things from the West Seattle girls basketball team this season, even though I haven’t had the Wildcats in my Class 3A rankings….yet.
After Lakeside knocked off then-No. 1 Cleveland last week, I considered giving West Seattle a spot, but figured the Lions deserved a nod based on that big win (I put them at No. 6, dropping Cleveland to No. 7) — and figured the Wildcats could play their way into the top-10 by beating Lakeside this week.
That’s exactly what they did Wednesday night, in convicting fashion — 49-43. After leading just 26-25 at halftime, West Seattle used a 13-2 third quarter to pull away. It was the first loss of the season for Lakeside (4-1), while West Seattle improved to 5-0.
Lexi Ioane led the way with 24 points, while Lydia Giomi added 15. Emily Fiso, who helped Mount Rainier reach the 4A championship game last season and then transferred to West Seattle, added nine points and Charli Elliott had 8.
I’ve got Jan. 7 circled on my calendar, as that’s when the Wildcats have a key Metro League game against No. 8 Holy Names (at West Seattle). And then the following week (Jan. 14) they take on Cleveland, with No. 2 Bishop Blanchet in the wings (Jan. 28).
Might be seeing a lot of West Seattle next month…and in the playoffs too!