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Basketball: Class 2A boys, girls regional capsule previews

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Feb. 24, 2011 at 10:06 am with No Comments »
February 24, 2011 2:43 pm

Here are capsule previews for the Class 2A boys basketball regional round of the state tournament. When the girls capsules are complete, those will be posted here. We’ll also have separate posts for other classifications added throughout the day on Thursday.

CLASS 2A BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONAL ROUND OF THE STATE TOURNAMENT

Region 1 at Stanwood HS
Friday

Game 1: Cedarcrest vs. Franklin Pierce (13-12), 5:45 p.m. (loser-out)
Game 2: Kingston (18-6) vs. No. 4 Burlington-Edison (20-3), 9:15 p.m. (winner-to-state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m.
Lowdown: Burlington-Edison again proved it’s not a one-man team in its 64-54 win against rival Squalicum at district. Will Stewart scored 24 points and Jordan Reed added 19 to spark Burlington’s win. Kingston is loaded with scorers and can be an upset threat. In a loser-out game, Kingston had three players score in double figures in a 64-56 win against Foster. Sam Byers led Kingston in that win with 21 points, Zane Ravenholt added 14 and George Hill had 12. Tre Benton has been a go-to scorer for Franklin Pierce. Kingston beat Franklin Pierce 62-61 in overtime at district, with Richie Sander and George Hill hitting 3-pointers in the closing to pull out the win.

Region 2 at Mount Tahoma HS
Friday

Game 1: Black Hills (8-15) vs. Port Angeles (18-8), 6 p.m. (loser-out)
Game 2: Squalicum (15-8) vs. No. 1 Clover Park (23-2), 8 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Lowdown: Led by Hayden McCartney’s 21 points, Port Angeles edged Lindbergh 77-75 in a double-overtime thriller to advance to regional. Since losing 47-46 to Fife, Clover Park has won eight straight, including 61-47 and 54-38 payback wins against Fife. Clover Park has three players scoring in double figures, led by Tana Pritchard 18.6 points per game, with David Crisp and Ahmaad Rorie both at 14.8 points. Black Hills, a fifth seed going into district, is another red-hot team. The Wolves pulled off two stunning upsets to reach the district championship game against River Ridge, then lost in the closing seconds 48-47.

Region 3 at Tumwater HS
Friday

Game 1: Tumwater (16-8) vs. Sumner (16-9), 6 p.m. (loser-out)
Game 2: No. 5 River Ridge (18-5) vs. No. 9 Fife (18-7), 8 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Lowdown: After winning nine straight games, Fife lost two of its last four games in the playoffs, losing twice to Clover Park. Fife, held to just eight points in the first quarter in its recent 54-38 loss to Clover Park, will have to rediscover its offense to keep their state playoff hopes alive. Fife’s Kevin McCrossin, who scored 22 points in a 57-45 playoff win against Kingston, can score points in a hurry. With River Ridge’s Brad Wallace, Rahmel Moton and Charlie Connor are all averaging in double figures, teams can’t focus on just one player to stop the Hawks. Wallace, a sophomore guard, is a deadeye from 3-point range.

Region 5 at Central Washington University
Friday

Game 1: No. 2 Grandview (22-2) vs. No. 8 Wapato (19-5), 5:45 p.m. (loser-out)
Game 2: No. 3 West Valley Spokane (21-3) vs. No. 6 Clarkston (21-4), 9:15 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals
Saturday
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Lowdown: West Valley and Clarkston are no strangers. This regional final is a rematch between the top two teams in the Great Northern League. It will be the fourth time the two teams have meet, with Clarkston winning the first game 35-33 and West Valley winning the next two 57-52 and 71-68. Clarkston’s Tre Sobotta led all scorers in the Bantams’ last game with West Valley with 24 points. Clarkston has been to the state tournament five years in a row, placing fifth in 2009. West Valley, winners of 15 of its last 16 games, beat Grandview 51-44 in the district final.

GAIL WOOD, staff writer

CLASS 2A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Regional round of state tournament

Region 1 at Stanwood
Friday

Game 1: No. 4 White River (21-6) vs. No. 9 Archbishop Murphy (18-5), 4 p.m. (loser-out)
Game 2: No. 6 Sumner (20-5) vs. Burlington-Edison (19-4), 7:30 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Lowdown: In their first years as 2A teams, White River and Sumner finished 1-2 atop the 2A SPSL standings. The Hornets have gotten big play from Rani Wiegand and Brooke Paulson all season, one year after qualifying for state as 3A. The Spartans of Sumner are a senior-laden group (nine seniors) andhave snapped a 15-year drought at state. Senior guard Angie Wagar-Sanchez can score in bunches, and post Ashley Delaney leads an impressive front line. Burlington-Edison is a winner of eight, including a district title win Lynden. Tigers guard Ryleigh Swagerty can light it up from 3-point range.

Region 2 at Foss HS
Game 1: Olympic (15-10) vs. No. 8 Tumwater (18-4), 6 p.m. (loser-out)
Game 2: No. 3 Lynden (20-3) vs. No. 10 Port Angeles (21-4), 8 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Lowdown: Game 1 look familiar? The Trojans and T-Birds met in a non-league matchup on Dec. 29 with Tumwater dominating 70-42. Tumwater has multiple seniors who can score in bunches – wings Tayler Weiks (Idaho signee) and Jordyn Richardson (Saint Martin’s signee) and post Mackenzie Cooper. Port Angeles comes into the regional riding high after winning its first district title since ’99. The Roughriders are led by talented senior wing Jessica Madison (Alaska Anchorage signee), the two-time Olympic League MVP. Lynden, state champions in 2009, are led by Central Washington-bound Hannah Shine. The Lions lost the district title game against Burlington-Edison, their second loss of the playoffs.

Region 3 at Black Hills HS
Game 1: No. 2 River Ridge (21-3) vs. Eatonville (18-8), 6 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Game 2: W.F. West (18-6) vs. Foster (15-10), 8 p.m. (loser-out)
Saturday
Game 3: Game 2 winner vs. Game 1 loser, 1 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Lowdown: The Hawks’ run for another state title begins with a game against the Cruisers, who have made state 14 consecutive years. Senior Becca Schripmsher (Idaho State signee) has more than 1,000 career points for Eatonville. River Ridge, fresh off its second straight district crown, has talented shooters and solid post play. EvCo MVP Jasmine McDonald has racked up 148 steals this season, and leads the Hawks in scoring (16.2). Chehalis is in state for the first time since ’95 and its post play has caused opposing teams problems all year. Six-foot-3 Jamika Parker and 6-0 Uriah Thomas provide much of the Bearcats’ offense.

Region 5 at Central Washington University
Today

Game 1: Wapato (14-8) vs. East Valley (Yakima) (19-5), 4 p.m. (loser-out)
Game 2: Ephrata (13-9) vs. No. 1 Prosser (22-1), 7 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Lowdown: It’s an all-Yakima-area regional, as Wapato and Ephrata knocked off West Valley (Spokane) and Clarkston – both of whom were 2010 state competitors – in the district tournament. Prosser has been ranked No. 1 all season, and returns all but two players from last year’s team that finished runner-up to River Ridge. Senior Tamara Jones is one of the state’s top post players. She’s averaging 19.8 points per game to go along with double-digit rebounding numbers.

Meg Wochnick, staff writer

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