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State Basketball: Road to the Tacoma Dome – 3A edition

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Jan. 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm with 1 Comment »
January 29, 2011 4:07 pm

ROAD TO THE TACOMA DOME: Class 3A state basketball breakdown

Just as I did during football season, I’ll be breaking down how teams can qualify for the basketball state tournaments. Because of the new format this season, some of this might be confusing.

For instance, when I refer to the “opening rounds of the state tournament,” I mean the games that will be played on Feb. 25-26. These games will be played at 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 begins on March 3.

CLASS 3A BOYS BASKETBALL

State bracket

NORTHWEST DISTRICT
Teams to state: Three
Lowdown: Six teams from WesCo 3A and two teams from the Northwest Conference will qualify for the district tournament.
WesCo-leading and eighth-ranked Glacier Peak must be considered the district favorite. WesCo teams Meadowdale, Shorecrest and Mountlake Terrace have locked up spots. Shorewood has the inside track on the fifth and Everett or Oak Harbor will get the final berth.
The NWC only has three 3A teams – Ferndale, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley – and only Mount Vernon has a winning record.

SEA-KING DISTRICT
Teams to state: Five
Lowdown: Eight Metro and four KingCo teams will qualify for the district tournament.
Top-ranked O’Dea and No. 3 Rainier Beach are the class of Metro League, though Seattle Prep and Chief Sealth are not far behind.
Bellevue has a two-game lead over Mercer Island in KingCo, and Lake Washington, Mount Si and Sammamish are tied for third.

WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST BI-DISTRICT
Teams to state: Five
Lowdown: Five leagues – Seamount, SPSL 3A, Narrows League 3A, Olympic and Greater St. Helens League – come together for this tournament.
After the regular season, the SPSL 3A and Seamount will combine for seeding to the bi-district tournament. The Narrows League will send three teams and the GSHL will send four teams.

GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE
Teams to state: One
Lowdown: All four of the GSL’s 3A teams will advance to a league tournament. Only one will qualify for the opening rounds of the state tournament. Seventh-ranked University is the only team with a winning overall record.

COLUMBIA BASIN/BIG NINE
Teams to state: Two
Lowdown: Fourth-ranked Kamiakin must be considered the favorite to emerge from the CBBN tournament with the league’s top seed to the opening rounds of the state tournament. Only two games separate Southridge and Hanford, which are tied for second, and Kennewick, Sunnyside, Eastmont and Yakima West Valley in the league standings.

CLASS 3A GIRLS BASKETBALL

State bracket

NORTHWEST DISTRICT
Teams to state: Three
Lowdown: Six teams from WesCo 3A and two teams from the Northwest Conference will qualify for the district tournament.
Ninth-ranked Lynnwood and Shorecrest are in a tight race for the top spot in WesCo, while Meadowdale, Everett and Glacier Peak have also qualified for the tournament. Shorewood has the edge on Mountlake Terrace for the final berth.
Ferndale is the best of the NWC’s three teams. The Golden Eagles have an overall record of 11-6, while Sedro-Woolley is 7-10 and Mount Vernon is 3-14.

SEA-KING DISTRICT
Teams to state: Five
Lowdown: Eight Metro and four KingCo teams will qualify for the district tournament.
Top-ranked and undefeated Holy Names and fourth-ranked Cleveland, the defending state champions, are probably the favorites to win the district tournament. Lakeside and Seattle Prep are good enough to get to state, too.
Seventh-ranked Juanita has lost two in a row and is tied atop the KingCo standings with Mount Si. Liberty is two games back, and Lake Washington and Mercer Island are tied for fourth.

WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST BI-DISTRICT
Teams to state: Five
Lowdown: Five leagues – Seamount, SPSL 3A, Narrows League 3A, Olympic and Greater St. Helens League – come together for this tournament.
After the regular season, the SPSL 3A and Seamount will combine for seeding to the bi-district tournament. The Narrows League will send three teams and the GSHL will send four teams.

GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE
Teams to state: One
Lowdown: The state-qualifier will probably be sixth-ranked Shadle Park or North Central. The teams are separated by one game in the GSL standings. Shadle Park won an earlier meeting and the teams will play again on Tuesday.

COLUMBIA BASIN/BIG NINE
Teams to state: Two
Lowdown: Kamiakin and Eastmont are tied for first place in league and Yakima West Valley is the only other CBBN team with a winning overall record.

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  1. drppscpaps says:

    Your bracket for Northwest disctict 3a says 4a. Could you please give us the correct bracket for 3a. Thank you, and thank you for providing this information.

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