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
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
2. Woodinville (22-2)
Center Ali Forde might be the most complete player in the field. She can score (14 ppg), rebound (13 rpg), find teammates (4 apg) and play defense (3 bpg). Forde draws the focus of opponents, but a quartet of guards in Alexis McLeod, Deidre Miller, Kim Frost and Mackenzie Campbell can pick up scoring slack. Campbell was KingCo’s defensive player of the year.
3. Skyview (22-3)
The Storm’s post play is as consistent as any team’s in the tournament. Six-foot-1 posts Katie Swanson (9 ppg, 5 rpg) and Jocelyn Adams (9 ppg, 9 rpg) anchor the inside, while guard/forward Brooke Bowen and guard Delany Keser roam the perimeter. Skyview has been tested – the Storm lost 47-44 to Woodinville in December and 68-55 to Mount Rainier in the bi-district tournament. The Storm comes into the tournament having crushed second-ranked Lake Stevens 72-56 in a regional game.
4. Central Valley (23-2)
Experience and youth combined to make the Bears a dangerous team. Senior guard/forward Brooke Gallaway (17.1 ppg) and point guard Katie Estey (9.2 ppg) joined with freshman post Madison Hovren (11.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg) to make a run at Central Valley’s first state title since the school won back-to-back crowns in 2001-2002.
5. Jackson (20-4)
The Timberwolves have a balanced inside-outside game. Frontcourt mates Kristin Stoffel, a 6-foot senior who averages 16.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, and Hayley Gjertsen are solid in the paint. Sophomore guards Sierra Anderson (13.3 ppg) and UW recruit Kelli Kingma (11.0 ppg) – older sister Kristi is a three-year starter for the Huskies – have speed to get past defenders.
6. Federal Way (22-4)
Don’t sleep on the Eagles. Just a year ago, Federal Way reached the state finals and three starters are back from that group – guards Darah Huertas-Vining, co-MVP of the SPSL South; Raven Benton, a first-team all-league pick; and Dyesha Belhumeur, a second-team all-league selection. Federal Way handed Mount Rainier its only loss this season, proving it shouldn’t be overlooked.
7. Gonzaga Prep (18-5)
Montana State-bound Lindsay Stockton, daughter of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, leads the Bullpups in scoring, averaging 12.1 points per game. Junior wing Madison Wright, who comes off the bench, is next at 9.3 points per game. Gonzaga Prep has shown it can beat the best, stunning then-No. 1 Central Valley in the league playoffs, beating the Bears 73-61.
8. Eastlake (15-9)
If one of the final eight teams still playing can be called an underdog, Eastlake fits the bill. Don’t discount the third-place team from KingCo’s Crest Divison. The Wolves showed they can play with the best when they lost narrowly to Woodinville, 54-48 in the league championship game. Kendra Morrison, a 6-foot-1 forward who will play at UC Santa Barbara, leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.8 points per game.
TNT Tourney Prediction
Central Valley over Eastlake
Mount Rainier over Jackson
Woodinville over Gonzaga Prep
Skyview over Federal Way
Mount Rainier over Central Valley
Skyview over Woodinville
Mount Rainier over Skyview