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Archives: Feb. 2012

Feb.
29th

Boys Basketball: 4A, 3A state quarterfinals recaps

We’ll be live-chatting the 4A and 3A boys basketball state tournament at the Tacoma Dome over the next three days.

4A boys: No. 1 Davis 79, Bothell 45 – Game Story

4A boys: No. 7 Bellarmine Prep 66, No. 8 Mount Rainier 50 – Game Story

4A boys: Union 66, No. 4 Jackson 65 (OT) — Game Story with video

4A boys: No. 2 Central Valley 53, No. 2 Garfield 52 – Game Story

3A boys: Rainier Beach 67, Mountlake Terrace 51 – Game Story and video interview with Anrio Adams

3A boys: University 60,

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Feb.
29th

Girls Basketball: 4A, 3A state quarterfinal recaps

3A girls: No. 3 Franklin 64, No. 2 Kamiakin 51 – Game Story

3A girls: No. 10 Cleveland 39, No. 8 Shorecrest 32 – Game Story

3A girls: No. 1 Prairie 64, No. 9 Lakeside 50 — Game Story

3A girls: University 45, No. 5 Seattle Prep 34 — Game Story

4A girls: No. 4 Central Valley 62, Eastlake 48 – Game story

4A girls: No. 1 Mount Rainier 57, No. 6 Jackson 39 – Game Story

4A girls: No. 9 Gonzaga Prep 60, No. 3 Woodinville

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Feb.
29th

Basketball: Four things to watch at the 4A, 3A state tournaments

1. METRO LEAGUE RETURN TO DOMINANCE?
Used to be, it seemed like the Class 3A boys basketball state tournament was an extension of the Metro League playoffs and teams from around the state were invited as fodder for early rounds in the tourney.

From 1997 to 2009, a Metro team won state 11 times and played in the finals the two years it didn’t win.

But since a Peyton Siva-led Franklin team was crowned in 2009, Metro teams haven’t been able to get past the semifinals. Can second-ranked Seattle Prep, No. 3 Rainier Beach or No. 4 O’Dea end that trend?

2. 4A BOYS FIELD ‘WIDE OPEN’
Remember when everyone could point to Ferris being the clear-cut favorite to win the Class 4A boys basketball championship in 2007 and 2008? Or Federal Way in 2009?

That’s not the case this week.

The consensus among coaches at the tournament draw on Sunday was the state trophy is up for grabs.

“It’s wide open,” Bellarmine Prep coach Bernie Salazar said.

Sure, Davis of Yakima and Bellarmine Prep have spent time atop the state rankings this season, but neither is a lock reach the finals. Strong cases can be made for all eight teams, including unranked Bothell and Union.
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Feb.
29th

Girls Basketball: Class 3A state tournament capsules, predictions

STARTING FIVE
G Khadidja Toure, Kamiakin, Sr., 5-9

Set school record for points in a game with 48 this season

G Heather Corral, Prairie, Sr., 6-1
UW recruit will play at state for first time since a freshman

C Michaela Carew, Seattle Prep, Jr., 6-2
Averages a double-double (12 ppg, 10 rpg)

G Bri Lasconia, Shorecrest, Sr., 5-9
Dynamite scorer averages 17.4 ppg

G Patrice Toston, Franklin, Sr., 5-8
Quakers’ leading scorer helped team to 18-game win streak

POWER RANKINGS

1. Prairie (24-1)
Making its 15th straight trip state tournament– the Falcons have three titles and seven finals appearances in that span – coach Al Aldridge’s team is loaded for a run at another championship. Prairie reached the title game last year without Washington-bound guard Heather Corral, but the senior is healthy and gives the balanced Falcons’ title hopes a boost. Guards Megan Lindsley, Cori Woodward and Jackie Lanz all average double-figures in scoring.
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Feb.
28th

Boys Basketball: Class 3A state tournament capsules, predictions

STARTING FIVE

F Mitch Brewe, Seattle Prep, Sr., 6-8
Metro League MVP will play at UC Santa Barbara

G Anrio Adams, Rainier Beach, Sr., 6-3

Will play at the University of Kansas

F Justin Pedley, Kamiakin, Sr., 6-6
Ratcheted up his scoring output in the postseason

C Darien Nelson-Henry, Lake Washington, Sr., 6-11
Massive man in the paint is a mismatch for all

F Mitch Penner, Kennedy Catholic, Sr., 6-5
Driving force behind surging Lancers averaging 23 ppg

POWER RANKINGS

1. Seattle Prep (22-5)
The Panthers enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the state. Prep clipped Lake Washington and Rainier Beach on the way to the Sea-King district title and walloped Mountain View in a winner-to-state game. UC Santa Barbara-bound Mitch Brewe (16.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and guard D.J. Fenner (18.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg) give Prep an explosive one-two scoring punch. The Panthers are a tournament favorite, but split two games this season with quarterfinal foe O’Dea.
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Feb.
28th

Boys Basketball: Class 4A state tournament capsules

STARTING FIVE
G Zach LaVine, Bothell, Jr., 6-3

Electrifying underclassman might be best player in the state

G Tucker Haymond, Garfield, Jr., 6-5
KingCo 4A MVP averages 22 points, 10 rebounds per game

F Sefo Liufau, Bellarmine Prep, Jr., 6-4
All-around player can score, rebound, pass and block shots

G/F Jason Todd, Jackson, Soph., 6-5
Tourney will be his coming out party as one of the state’s best

G David Trimble, Davis, Sr., 6-2
Lightning quick 3-time league MVP has Pirates eyeing the title

POWER RANKINGS
1. Yakima Davis (20-2)

Making their third straight trip to state, the Pirates are primed to make a run at what would be their first championship since 1965. Davis’ losses have been to 3A No. 1 Kamiakin and Post Falls, the second-ranked Class 5A team in Idaho. With no players taller than 6-foot-4, the Pirates push the ball on offense and apply pressure on defense. Davis is balanced, with guards David Trimble and Raymond Navarro and forward Devonte Luckett averaging double-figures in scoring, and guard Cooper Kupp and Levonte Allen aren’t far behind.
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Feb.
28th

Girls Basketball: Class 4A State Tournament Capsules

STARTING FIVE
G/F Brooke Gallaway, Central Valley, Sr., 5-10

Can fill it up fast, averaging 17.1 points per game

F Kristin Stoffel, Jackson, Sr., 6-0
Seattle U-signee averages 16 points, 8 rebounds

F Brittany McPhee, Mount Rainier, Soph., 5-11
SPSL North MVP on her way to stardom

C Ali Forde, Woodinville, Sr., 6-1
KingCo MVP will play volleyball, hoops at Idaho

G/F Brooke Bowen, Skyview, Sr., 5-10
Co-MVP of GSHL can score, board and pass

POWER RANKINGS

1. Mount Rainier (25-1)
Since dropping the South Puget Sound League championship game to Federal Way, 58-50, the Rams have played fantastically well. Mount Rainier has won each of the next five games – all playoff contests – by double-digit margins. Forward Brittany McPhee can run the court and assert herself in the paint. Forward Kiana Gandy provides another inside presence for the Rams. Guards Jordan McPhee and Amber Guillot
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