I’m looking forward to covering the semifinals of the West Central District 4A girls basketball tournament tonight (Thursday) at Puyallup High School. I want to make sure you are aware of the time changes (because for some reason I wasn’t until this morning). The game between No. 3 Skyview (22-1) and No. 5 Mount Rainier (20-3) is…More
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Post-season girls basketball play is in full swing, so I want to devote this edition of my weekly blog to some of the key playoff matchups. Before I go any further, you’ve got to remember to bookmark this site, where you can find brackets for pretty much all of the tournaments state-wide. Josh Liebeskind was at…More
Sorry for the late post with the latest girls basketball rankings today. I’ve had meetings and other commitments. So I’m going to keep the prelude short. It’s going to be a fun week as post-season play picks up and we should start seeing some great matchups. I’m excited to see Mount Rainier and Beamer square off…More
Since we are about halfway through the regular season in girls basketball (can you believe it??), I thought I’d focus this edition of Post-Ups to take a look at some of the area league races in 4A and 3A. Mind you, while most teams have played between 9-11 games overall (out of the 20 allotted, 21…More
You’ve got a great chance to see several top-notch prep basketball games Saturday at the Muscle Milk Preview at Highline Community College.
I’ll be there for the blockbuster girls game between top-ranked Lynnwood and No. 2 Mount Rainier at 3:30 p.m. I really struggled with which of these teams to put at No. 1, so the Rams and Stanford-bound Brittany McPhee now have a chance to prove me wrong.
The other girls game could be interesting, too, a 10:30 a.m. tipoff between Kentwood and Wilson. I started Kentwood at No. 8 in the 4A rankings this week — then the Conquerors went out and lost Tuesday to Kentridge (a team I plan to see Friday against a good Auburn Riverside squad). Wilson reached the 3A state semifinals last season, losing a tough one to Seattle Prep, and graduated several key players — but should still be tough this year.More
It should be another great season of high-school girls basketball in the area, and state-wide.
I’ve devoted a ton of time trying to shape The Seattle Times’ preseason rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A. Am I satisfied? No, never. Because I’d love to be able to ask a dozen more coaches, at least.
But it’s time to make some tough cuts, and we all know the only real rankings that count are the ones at the end of the season, when the state tournaments are complete.
And I guess we’re fudging a bit by calling these preseason rankings, since most teams have already played. That actually helps the process some, but it’s also difficult sometimes to gauge the quality of wins and losses.More
I think Stephenie Wheeler-Smith put it best: Wow!
The Cleveland girls basketball coach said it a few times describing the efforts of her players.
It’s a fitting way to sum up the Class 4A and 3A state girls basketball tournaments last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
Wow! Wow! And Wow!
I thought I’d take one last look back….
I picked Mead to win the tournament, and it turns out I was right – even though I had Mount Rainier ranked No. 1 all season. And I would have loved to have seen the Rams – or one of the other Seattle-area teams – finish on top.
Nothing against teams from the other side of the state, or down South. It’s just always nice when the winner is within our circulation area! And it doesn’t happen as often as we’d like. Since Federal Way won in 1997 (and Kent-Meridian the year before that), we’ve had just four local winners in 4A – Roosevelt (2004), Garfield (2005), Kentwood (2009) and Auburn Riverside (2010).
I want to share a few thoughts with you on the state girls basketball draws, particularly 4A and 3A.
We’ll have a lot on the tournaments this week in the newspaper, on the web and in the blog. This is just to get the conversation started.
The quarterfinal game I’m most axious to see: No. 1 Mount Rainier vs. No. 5 Inglemoor.
That’s a tough “opener” for both teams. Earlier this season, the Vikings were ranked as high as No. 3. Coach John Augustavo believes his team is playing as well as anyone and had this to say after drawing the top-ranked Rams: “Bring it on. We’re ready.”
With a little encouragement, he admits he is confident about Inglemoor’s chances this week.
“I think we can win this thing,” he said.
The Vikings will have a size advantage with 6-4 Deja’ Strother and four others 6-foot or better. Mount Rainier’s tallest players are Brittany McPhee and Emily Fiso, both 6-0. Of course, McPhee is a crafty player who finds lots of ways to score against players of all sizes. But this will be a challenge.More
Before I head out to the WIAA office in Renton for the draws for the state girls basketball tournaments, I want to recap the qualifiers in Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A — congratulations to all! Class 4A: Mount Rainier, Mead, Gonzaga Prep, Inglemoor, Arlington, Skyline, Lake Stevens, Kentwood. Class 3A: Cleveland, Wilson, Seattle Prep, Bellevue, Kamiakin,…More
Before I head out to cover a couple of regional boys basketball games, I wanted to share some thoughts in Friday’s girls games.
There were some great ones!
One I wish I had been there for: Kentwood’s double-overtime victory over third-ranked Lynnwood, 61-60. On paper, this looks like the biggest upset of the night. However, I said going in that I expected it to be an entertaining game. I gave Lynnwood the edge, but the Conquerors have proven they can hang with anyone when they play well together, which they did again Friday. You can read the game story here.
Another I would have loved to watch: Bellevue’s 58-51 come-from-behind victory over top-ranked Prairie, last year’s 3A champion. The Falcons won’t be in the final eight for the first time since 1997, when they failed to qualify for state. What a great victory for the young Wolverines! You can read about it here.
Then there was Holy Names’ heartbreaking loss to University of Spokane, in overtime. The Cougars were oh-so-close to getting back to Tacoma. That game story is here. And there was another 3A thriller between No. 4 Seattle Prep and No. 10 Stanwood. The Panthers pulled that one out, 44-43, and you can read more here, where there is also mention of Cleveland’s lopsided victory over Kelso.