Class 4A No. 10 Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (19-5) vs. No. 1 Lynnwood (22-1), Saturday, 2 p.m., Everett Community College The skinny: The Royals, ranked No. 20 nationally by USA Today, owe their lone loss to Cleveland, the defending 3A state champ and top-ranked team. They were upset at regionals last year by Kentwood and seek their first…More
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The Sweet Sixteen! Four more victories! That’s all it takes for one girls basketball team to win it all. And I’ll devote this edition of my weekly girls basketball blog to my thoughts on just who those teams might be in Class 4A, 3A and 2A. I’ll be posting game-by-game regional preview capsules tomorrow (which is partly why…More
The pairings are set for the regional girls basketball tournaments and I thought I’d post them for Class 4A, 3A and 2A. The WIAA is in the process of determine which games will be played where, and Josh Liebeskind will post the links to that information for both the boys and girls as it becomes available…More
We’re getting closer and closer to knowing the 16-team fields for the regional basketball tournaments. Some teams have already clinched their berths, while a precious few others remain up for grabs. So, I’m devoting this edition of Post-Ups, my girls basketball blog notebook, to taking a look at how things are shaping up in 4A, 3A and…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.
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:
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.