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February 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Recap: Here are your state qualifiers in 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A girls basketball

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,…


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February 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Reactions to Friday’s girls basketball regionals

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.


Comments | More in Girls basketball | Topics: Bellevue, Cleveland, Kentwood

February 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Post-Ups: A look at the girls basketball regionals in 4A and 3A

This edition of Post-Ups, my weekly girls basketball notebook, is devoted to looking at Friday’s regional matchups in 4A and 3A. I know more about some teams than others, and that will be apparent, but I want to touch on them all. I’ll come back tomorrow with some notes on the regional games in the other classifications (although I won’t have the time to be as detailed),

So here goes:


Class 4A


Find the bracket with sites and times here.


Bellarmine Prep (16-8) vs. No. 5 Inglemoor (20-2)


When they play to their potential, I believe the Vikings are a team capable of going all the way. They have great size – including 6-4 sophomore Deja’ Strother – and multiple weapons. Since a mid-season blip where they lost back-to-back to Woodinville and Issaquah, they’ve won 10 in a row. Despite some early season injuries, Bellarmine shared the Narrows League title with Yelm behind the efforts of 6-foot senior Ionna Price. The Lions lost twice to the Tornadoes, but their only other defeat in the past 15 games was to Mount Rainier in the second round of district play, so this will be no slam dunk for Inglemoor.


Comments | More in Girls basketball, Post-Ups | Topics: Cleveland, Mount Rainier, Regionals

February 18, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A girls basketball rankings — Final

I’m heading out to cover the West Central District championship games at Showare in Kent, so I don’t have as much time as I’d like to discuss this week’s girls basketball rankings – which, by the way, are the final rankings for 2012-13. 

I must say I feel pretty good about the top-10s for Class 4A, 3A and 2A. Hey, they’re all still playing at least! Of course, I was able to make sure of that by dropping teams that are not still alive – in 4A that would be Chiawana (No. 9 last week) and in 3A both Mount Spokane (previously No. 6) and Ferndale (No. 8).


Just another reminder that you can find all of the regional brackets here. Some of the final seedings will be decided today and the rest of them tomorrow, so you’ll have to check back 

To be honest, I still think Chiawana might be one of the top-10 4A teams in the state and I debated about keeping the Riverhawks in the final rankings. After all, they took No. 2 Mead to overtime last week and then were eliminated by No. 4 Gonzaga Prep.



Comments | Topics: Mark Morris, Mount Rainier, Prairie

February 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Class 4A, 3A and 2A girls basketball rankings — Week 11

This is always an interesting time for rankings, because you generally get some really good teams squaring off in the various post-season tournaments. So, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out just how to arrange the top-10, and whether to drop a team out if they lose or what.

And speaking of tournaments, just a reminder that you can find the latest playoff brackets here.

I saw a couple of exciting games in the SPSL 4A tournament last Thursday, when Mount Rainier came from behind to beat Beamer and Auburn Riverside became only the second team to beat Puyallup (the Vikings had lost only to Beamer, twice).

There certainly wasn’t much separating those teams (at least on that night). But I’ll tell you, when you’ve got Brittany McPhee, like top-ranked Mount Rainier does, you’ve got a good chance in any game. She’s a special player.

So, let’s get to it.


Comments | More in Girls basketball, Rankings | Topics: Mark Morris, Mount Rainier, Prairie

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