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Basketball: Class 3A boys, girls regional preview capsules

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Feb. 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm with No Comments »
February 24, 2011 2:07 pm

CLASS 3A BOYS BASKETBALL
Regional Round of the State Tournament

REGION 1 at Marysville-Pilchuck HS
Friday

Game 1: Hazen (20-6) vs. Mountlake Terrace (13-11), 5:45 p.m. (loser out)
Game 2: No. 5 Seattle Prep (21-5) vs. No. 8 Glacier Peak (21-3), 9:15 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: G1 winner vs. G2 loser, 3 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)
Lowdown: Glacier Peak lost 6-foot-11 center Payton Pervier, who set the 3A state tournament record for blocked shots last season, when he quit the team in early February. Since then, the Grizzlies have won all three games it has played, including the Northwest District championship. … Seattle Prep forward Mitch Brewe, a 6-foot-8 junior, is one of the best players in the tournament. He’s averaging 22.8 points per game. The Panthers beat top-ranked O’Dea 76-71 on Feb. 1. … Seamount league champion Hazen won three straight loser-out games to qualify for the regional round. … Five of Mountlake Terrace’s 11 losses came to teams in Class 4A.

REGION 2 at Bellevue College
Friday

Game 1: No. 6 Lakes (20-3) vs. Mount Vernon (13-10), 5:45 p.m. (loser out)
Game 2: Decatur (17-7) vs. Bellevue (21-5), 9:15 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: G1 winner vs. G2 loser, 3 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)
Lowdown: Perhaps no team enters the regional round of the state tournament with as much momentum as Bellevue. The Wolverines reeled off victories against No. 4 Rainier Beach, No. 1 O’Dea and No. 5 Seattle Prep on their way to the Sea-King District title. Forward Nate Sikma (19.7 ppg), son of former Seattle Supersonic Jack Sikma, and guard Will Locke (18.6) are Bellevue’s main offensive weapons. … If Lakes and Decatur play on Saturday, it will mark their third meeting this season. The Lancers won the previous two by an average of 19.5 points. Guards Nate Guy and Isaac Winston are Lakes’ leading scorers, averaging about 15 points per game. Zach Banner, a 6-foot-9 center, gives the Lancers and inside presence no other team in the field can match. … Decatur guard Jerron Smith is one of the most prolific scorers in the state, averaging 28 points per game. … Mount Vernon had a losing league record in the 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference, but reached the Northwest District title game.

REGION 3 at Auburn HS
Friday

Game 1: No. 10 Chief Sealth (19-8) vs. Foss (15-9), 6 p.m. (loser out)
Game 2: No. 1 O’Dea (22-3) vs. No. 2 Lincoln (21-2), 8 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: G1 winner vs. G2 loser, 3 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)
Lowdown: O’Dea and Lincoln are very similar. Both are athletic and play up-tempo styles. Fighting Irish guards Sekou Wiggs (19.9 ppg) and Dustin Watts (14.9) are their team’s leading scorers. O’Dea won 17 of its first 18 games, but is not unstoppable, losing two of its last seven. … Lincoln claimed its third district title in four seasons, routing Decatur 77-53. The Abes are deep and aren’t afraid to play in-your-face defense. In their last nine games, only two teams have scored more than 60 points. Senior guard Jordan Russell is a two-time Narrows League MVP. …Chief Sealth is at state for the first time since 2001. Keon Lewis leads the team, averaging 18 points per game. … Foss has had an up-and-down season, but when the Falcons are playing well, they can beat any team in the state. Take Foss’ 72-69 win at Lincoln on Jan. 28 as evidence.

REGION 4 at Spokane Falls CC
Friday

Game 1: Mercer Island (20-5) vs. Southridge (13-10), 6 p.m. (loser out)
Game 2: North Central (11-12) vs. No. 3 Kamiakin (21-1), 8:30 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: G1 winner vs. G2 loser, 3 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)
Lowdown: This isn’t the first time North Central advanced deep into the postseason with a losing record. In 2007, the Indians reached the 3A state semifinals with a record of 10-17. North Central defeated No. 7 University on back-to-back days in the District 8 tournament to advance. … Kamiakin rolled through the Columbia Basin Big Nine regular season with a 14-0 record. The Braves’ only loss came to 4A Chiawana. Senior guard Case Rada earned MVP honors in the 3A CBBN. … Mercer Island secured its state berth by knocking off No. 4 Rainier Beach, 50-43, in a loser-out contest. … Guard Dallas Jones sent Southridge to state when his jumper broke a tie score in the final seconds of a loser-out game against Eastmont. Forward Derek Porter leads the Suns in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game.

CLASS 3A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Regional Round of the State Tournament

REGION 1 at Marysville-Pilchuck HS
Friday

Game 1: No. 9 Auburn Mountainview (20-7) vs. Lynnwood (20-4), 4 p.m. (loser out)
Game 2: Mercer Island (17-11) vs. Glacier Peak (14-9), 7:30 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: G1 winner vs. G2 loser, 1 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)
Lowdown: Despite finishing in a tie for fourth-place in WesCo 3A’s league standings, Glacier Peak caught fire and won the Northwest District tournament title. Katie Hawkins and Becca Smith are the Grizzlies’ only two players averaging double-digits in scoring. … Mercer Island endured a rough stretch earlier in the season – at one point the Islanders were 7-7 – but it has won 11 of its last 12 games and reached the Sea-King District finals. Guard Jae Shin is fantastic perimeter shooter and averages 17.1 points per game. … After losing in the quarterfinals of the bi-district tournament, Auburn Mountainview won three straight loser-out games and claimed the tourney’s fifth seed. Guard Caitlin Carr leads the Lions with 16.9 points per game. … Lynnwood has won eight of its last nine – the only loss came to Glacier Peak in the district tourney. Mokun Fajemisin leads Lynnwood in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game.

REGION 2 at Bellevue College HS
Friday

Game 1: No. 3 Timberline (22-1) vs. No. 8 Shorecrest (15-8), 4 p.m. (loser out)
Game 2: No. 5 Kennedy Catholic (22-2) vs. No. 1 Holy Names (25-0), 7:30 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 3: G1 winner vs. G2 loser, 1 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)
Lowdown: At least one very good team won’t reach the state quarterfinals. Top-ranked Holy Names blasted through the regular season and postseason so far, winning all but four games by double-digits. Lanky senior Erika Johnson, a 6-foot-1 wing who signed with California, is one of the best players in the tournament. Holy Names thumped Kennedy Catholic, 69-50, on Jan. 17. … Kennedy Catholic’s Aminah Williams, a 6-foot senior who has signed with Washington, is the kind of player capable of carrying her team for long stretches. Williams led the Lancers to an undefeated record in the Seamount League. … Timberline’s only loss is a 49-42 defeat to Kennedy Catholic in the bi-district semifinals. Camille Williams earned Narrows League 3A MVP honors, while Sasha Weber and Cymone Martin were first-team selections. … Shorecrest won 13 games in a row before falling to Glacier Peak in the Northwest District tournament finals.

REGION 3 at Auburn Mountainview HS
Friday

Game 1: Seattle Prep (16-9) vs. Wilson (16-8), 6 p.m. (loser out)
Game 2: Lakeside (16-9) vs. No. 2 Prairie, 8 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals)
Saturday
Game 1: G1 winner vs. G2 loser, 1 p.m. at Auburn High School (winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)
Lowdown: Prairie forward Heather Corral, one of the top players in the state, saw her season end in the bi-district tournament semifinals when she tore the ACL in her left knee. Without Corral, the Falcons managed to defeat No. 5 Kennedy Catholic in the tournament finals, keeping hope alive for another deep postseason. … Lakeside was routed by Holy Names, 62-29, in the semifinals of the Sea-King District tournament, only to rally for a 45-43 win over Seattle Prep in the third-place game. … University of Portland-bound Kari Luttinen leads Seattle Prep, averaging 20 points per game. Because they face such good competition during the regular season, Metro League teams typically do well at the girls state tournament. … Wilson is loaded with talented underclassmen. Sophomores Kaysha Fox, Tia Briggs and Bethany Montgomery all earned first- or second-team all-league honors. The Rams endured a rough stretch in January, losing three straight games, but bounced back and qualified for state for the third time in school history and first since 1994.

REGION 4 at Shadle Park HS
Friday

Game 1: No. 4 Cleveland (21-5) vs. No. 10 Eastmont (18-5), 8 p.m. (loser out), 8 p.m.
Game 2: North Central (16-8) vs. Kamiakin (17-5), 6 p.m. (winner to state quarterfinals), 6 p.m.
Saturday
Game 3: G1 winner vs. G2 loser, 1 p.m. at Spokane Falls CC (winner to state quarterfinals, loser out)
Lowdown: The defending state champions took a difficult path back to the state tournament. Cleveland was upset by Mercer Island in the first round of the Sea-King District tournament. The Eagles then won back-to-back loser-out games to claim the district’s final berth to state. Makayla Roper and Cheyenne Wilson each average about 14 points per game for Cleveland. … North Central beat sixth-ranked Shadle Park on back-to-back nights last week to advance to the state tournament for the first time. The Indians are holding teams to an average of 39 points per game. … Kamiakin junior guard Khadidja Toure earned MVP honors in the Columbia Basin Big Nine. Forward Kassy Larson missed six games in the middle of the season after she tore the ACL in her right knee, but has returned and gives the Braves a boost inside.

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