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Basketball: Road to the Tacoma Dome – Class 4A edition

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Jan. 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm with No Comments »
January 26, 2011 6:04 pm

Just as I did during football season, I’ll be breaking down how teams can qualify for the basketball state tournaments. This is the Class 4A version and I plan to do the same for 3A, 2A and 1A by the end of the week. I will post updates each week until the state tournament fields are complete.

Because of the new district- and state-tournament formats this season, some of this might be confusing. For instance, when I refer to the “ state tournament,” I’m including the games that will be played on Feb. 25-26. These games will be played at multiple sites around the state and many people are calling these games “regionals.” Officially, the WIAA says that these games are part of the state tournament, so I’ll go with that. Teams will not play in the Tacoma Dome, Yakima SunDome or Spokane Arena until the quarterfinals of the state tournament, which begin on March 3.

Here’s the Class 4A boys state tournament bracket.

Here’s the Class 4A girls state tournament bracket.

That out of the way, here’s how teams will qualify for state:

Road to the Tacoma Dome: Class 4A
BOYS

NORTHWEST DISTRICT
Teams to state: Two (with possibility for a third)
Lowdown: The top four teams from WesCo’s two divisions – North and South – will qualify for the district tournament. The top two will receive automatic berths to state, while a third will play a play-in game on Feb. 21 with the No. 3 seed from KingCo for a state berth.
Five teams have already secured district-tournament berths. Arlington, Monroe and Lake Stevens from the North, and fourth-ranked Jackson and Kamiak from the South.

SEA-KING DISTRICT
Teams to state: Two (with possibility for a third)
Lowdown: The top four teams from KingCo’s Crown and Crest divisions will qualify for the league tournament. The finals will be played Feb. 18 and both teams will advance to the state tournament. The third-place team will meet the Northwest District’s No. 3 seed in a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Feb. 21.
In the Crest, Skyline, Redmond, Newport and Eastlake have a handle of securing postseason berths, while Issaquah must pull off some upsets to qualify. Top-ranked Garfield, Ballard and Inglemoor are in good shape from the Crown. The final berth will come down to Woodinville or Roosevelt.

WEST CENTRAL-SOUTHWEST BI-DISTRICT
Teams to state: Eight
Lowdown: Three leagues – SPSL, Narrows and GSHL – come together in this bi-district tournament. The SPSL will be represented by 10 teams, the Narrows four and GSHL two.
It’s far too early to speculate on what teams from this tournament will advance to state, but here’s a peek at how teams can qualify:
SPSL
The league will have seeding games, pitting the top five teams from the North and South divisions against each other. Currently in the North, No. 3 Kentridge, No. 8 Kentwood, Auburn and Kent-Meridian would have to suffer massive collapses to miss the postseason. That leaves Mount Rainier, Auburn Riverside and Kentlake battling for the final spot.
In the South, No. 9 Rogers, No. 10 Curtis and Puyallup are near-locks to advance and Federal Way isn’t far behind. The final berth will probably come down to Bethel or Beamer, though Spanaway Lake has an outside shot.
Narrows League
It will send its top four teams, based on league standings. Seventh-ranked Olympia can all but wrap up the league title by winning Wednesday night at Bellarmine Prep. The Lions, Mount Tahoma and Gig Harbor have the best chances at the remaining three spots.
GSHL
The league champion gets an automatic berth to the bi-district tournament and the second- and third-place teams will play each other for the second berth. Battle Ground sits atop the league standings, while Evergreen and Union are also in the hunt.

GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE
Teams to state: One (with possibility for a second)
Lowdown: The Greater Spokane League’s top five teams will qualify for the league tournament. The tourney champion will receive an automatic berth to the state tournament, while the second-place team will meet the No. 2 seed from the CBBN in a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Feb. 22.
Second-ranked Ferris must be considered the favorite, while No. 6 Gonzaga Prep is the only other 4A team in the GSL with a winning record in league play.

COLUMBIA BASIN/BIG NINE
Teams to state: One (with possibility for a second)
Lowdown: One team from the CBBN tournament will receive and automatic state bid. The No. 2 seed will face the GSL’s No. 2 seed in a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Feb. 22.
Chiawana and fifth-ranked Davis are playing at a level above the rest of the teams in the league. Chiawana beat the Pirates earlier this season and the teams will meet again on Saturday.

GIRLS
NORTHWEST DISTRICT
Teams to state: Two (with possibility for a third)
Lowdown: The top four teams from WesCo’s two divisions – North and South – will qualify for the district tournament. The top two will receive automatic berths to state, while a third will play a play-in game on Feb. 22 with the No. 3 seed from KingCo for a state berth.
From the South, third-ranked Edmonds-Woodway and Jackson have locked up district-tournament berths. The race in the North is too close, but Lake Stevens, Stanwood, Marysville-Pilchuck and Monroe have inside tracks on securing spots.

SEA-KING DISTRICT
Teams to state: Two (with possibility for a third)
Lowdown: The top four teams from KingCo’s Crown and Crest divisions will qualify for the league tournament. The finals will be played Feb. 18 and both teams will advance to the state tournament. The third-place team will meet the Northwest District’s No. 3 seed in a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Feb. 21.
Tenth-ranked Issaquah and Eastlake are the only teams in the Crest with winning records, while Woodinville and Inglemoor are the only teams in the Crown that can make the same claim.

WEST CENTRAL-SOUTHWEST BI-DISTRICT
Teams to state: Eight
Lowdown: Three leagues – SPSL, Narrows and GSHL – come together in this bi-district tournament. The SPSL will be represented by 10 teams, the Narrows four and GSHL two.
It’s far too early to speculate on what teams from this tournament will advance to state, but here’s a peek at how teams can qualify:
SPSL
The league will have seeding games, pitting the top five teams from the North and South divisions against each other. In the North, No. 7 Auburn Riverside, No. 8 Kentwood, Mount Rainier and Tahoma should capture the first four berths, while Auburn and Jefferson compete for the fifth.
In the South, top-ranked Federal Way has all but locked up the top seed and Emerald and Rogers will be the next two teams. Spanaway Lake, Beamer and Bethel will be the next three, but the order is not yet clear.
Narrows League
It will send its top four teams, based on league standings. Second-ranked Bellarmine Prep is undefeated in league play and can all but clinch the top seed by beating second-place South Kitsap on Friday. Mount Tahoma is in good position to grab the third spot, while Olympia, Central Kitsap and Gig Harbor are going for the final berth.
GSHL
The league champion gets an automatic berth to the bi-district tournament and the second- and third-place teams will play each other for the second berth. Skyview has a one-game lead over Evergreen, while Battle Ground will almost assuredly be the third-place team.

GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE
Teams to state: One (with possibility for a second)
Lowdown: The Greater Spokane League’s top five teams will qualify for the league tournament. The tourney champion will receive an automatic berth to the state tournament, while the second-place team will meet the No. 2 seed from the CBBN in a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Feb. 22.
Sixth-ranked Gonzaga Prep must be considered the favorite, though Lewis and Clark and Mead are capable of advancing out of the league tournament, too.

COLUMBIA BASIN/BIG NINE
Teams to state: One (with possibility for a second)
Lowdown: One team from the CBBN tournament will receive and automatic state bid. The No. 2 seed will face the GSL’s No. 2 seed in a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Feb. 22.
One talented team will be at home when the state tournament begins. The CBBN currently has three ranked teams – No. 4 Chiawana, No. 5 Richland and No. 9 Moses Lake.

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