Nearly all of the holiday tournaments are over. We saw some blowouts, some upsets and a few thrillers.
Third-ranked Curtis was the biggest winner of the break, establishing itself as a team to be reckoned with. The undefeated Vikings won the Spokane Holiday Showcase by beating Kentridge, 61-56, at Spokane Falls CC. Darius Johnson-Wilson led Curtis (10-0) with 16 points. Chargers guard Gary Bell scored a game-high 26 points.
Puyallup scored a couple nice wins this week, beating Wenatchee on a buzzer-beater on Tuesday and toppling No. 5 Mead on Wednesday at Wenatchee.
In girls hoops, 4A No. 1 Auburn Riverside cemented itself as the top team in the state with its 65-58 win over No. 2 Lewis & Clark. The Ravens watched their 19-point lead turn into a two-point edge late in the game, but Brooke Hinkens came up with a few big plays and helped Auburn Riverside hang on.
No. 5 Bellarmine Prep bounced back from a loss to Gonzaga Prep on Tuesday with a decisive 59-40 win over No. 3 Kentwood. The Lions led 37-16 at halftime. Mechela Barnes scored 20 points to lead Bellarmine Prep and Simonne Potts, Sarah Hartwell and Grace Beardemphl all scored in double-figures.
White River knocked off 4A No. 7 Issaquah 49-43 in the finals of the BCC Christmas Classic. Brooke Paulson was named tournament MVP after scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds in the title game and Sabra Sproul was a first-team pick.
And Stadium snapped a 33-game losing steak when it defeated Life Christian 54-23.