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Tag: Regional

Feb.
25th

Girls Basketball roundup: Another rough day for South Sound teams

CLASS 2A
No. 2 Burlington-Edison 53, Eatonville 38: The Tigers’ trio of lightning-quick guards proved to be too much for the Cruisers in the loser-out contest at Stanwood High.

Sydney Brown, Ryleigh Swagerty and Katlyn Mataya repeatedly poked or wrestled the ball away from Eatonville ball handlers and took the Cruisers (20-9) out of the game. Eighteen of Eatonville’s 24 turnovers in the game came via steals.

“Their guards are pretty impressive,” Eatonville coach Davina Serdahl said. “We knew their guards could be trouble coming in, and they did take us out of our offense a little.”

Laccie Hill scored a game-high 23 points and hit four 3-pointers for Eatonville, including three in the fourth quarter, while fellow senior Jessica Stead pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

“We kept battling until the end,” Serdahl said. “I was proud of how my girls played. We’re still a young team, so we can learn from this. … It was great to see Laccie Hill and Jessica Stead play well in their final games.”

No. 6 W.F. West 46, No. 10 Renton 22: The Bearcats held the Indians to two points in the second half and secured a second straight trip to the state tournament with the loser-out win at Tumwater High.
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Feb.
25th

4A girls regional: Rogers, Emerald Ridge fall

What was a fairy tale run for Rogers High’s girls basketball team came to an abrupt end Saturday in a Class 4A regional at Juanita High as the Rams fell to Eastlake, 75-35.

“I think we always believed in ourselves,” Rogers head coach Amy Looker said of the late season rally that saw the SPSL South’s third-place team reach the bi-district semifinals. “I don’t think a lot of outside people believed in us, but they just kept working hard every day at practice to make each other better. And we just kind of got better at the right time, at the end.”

However, in the end, it wasn’t enough as the harsh reality check on the Cinderella story was provided by Eastlake (15-9). Behind a barrage of 3-pointers, the Wolves dismantled the Rams.

The Rams (13-12) couldn’t recover from a second quarter that saw them be outscored 22-4. The lone field goal Rogers made in the quarter came on a fastbreak layup by Mackenzie Lancaster at the buzzer.
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Feb.
25th

Girls 3A regional: Cleveland ends Wilson’s season, 46-41

As Wilson High’s girls basketball team exited a locker room for the final time this season after losing to Cleveland, 46-41 in a Class 3A regional Saturday at Rogers High, coach Michelle Birge had already tasked some Rams with an offseason challenge.

“We’re missing that consistent constructive criticism voice – it rings loud from me – but you need it to come from a player,” she said. “I’ve asked a few players to step up and do that and I have faith that they will.

“If they want to play Division-I basketball than you have to find that voice. There’s no quiet point guard, not quiet forwards.”

Fourth-ranked Wilson (20-4) played out of sorts through much of the loser-out game. The Rams turned over the ball on three of their first four possessions and endured a scoreless seven-minute stretch in the first half as No. 10 Cleveland built a 25-14 halftime lead.

Wilson finally came alive in the fourth quarter.
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Feb.
24th

4A regional: Liufau leads Bellarmine Prep to 75-54 win over Snohomish

The Sefo Liufau Show was playing Friday night at Kent-Meridian High as Bellarmine Prep clinched a berth to the state tournament with a 75-54 victory over Snohomish in a Class 4A regional contest.

Liufau, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, picked apart the Snohomish defense for 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and had noturnovers.

Beyond what can be seen on a stat sheet, Liufau displayed great leadership and impeccable decision-making abilities, often finding the open lane for an easy two points or kicking it out to an open teammate.

“He’s pretty clutch and had a

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Feb.
24th

3A regionals: Decatur falls to Mountlake Terrace 77-62

Decatur boys basketball coach Kevin Olson knew Mountlake Terrace was big and physical, but he didn’t quite count on how quick the Hawks were.

Terrace was happy enough to show Olson and the Gators why it’s considered a threat to win the Class 3A state title, running Decatur off the floor in the second half and winning a regional playoff game 77-62 Friday at Jackson High School.

“They’re a tall team but they aren’t a slow team,” said Olson, whose team ends the season at 18-7. “They kept beating us down the floor for easy baskets. I think I underestimated their quickness.”
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Feb.
24th

2A boys regional: Clover Park routs Mark Morris 71-55

Clover Park High had six practices to prepare to play without sophomore guard David Crisp, and it wasn’t until practice on Thursday when things finally began clicking for the Warriors.

Things clicked in a game setting, too.

The seventh-ranked Warriors shot 58 percent (28-of-48) and nailed five 3-pointers en route to their 71-55 victory over Mark Morris in a Class 2A regional game Friday night at Tumwater High.

Clover Park (21-5) will defend its state championship next weekend at the Yakima SunDome as one of the eight teams to advance to the 2A state tournament.

Ahmaad Rorie finished with a game-high 24 points and Dwayne Crawford chipped in 19 to lead the Warriors.
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Feb.
24th

3A regional: Lake Washington defeats Wilson 51-40

Take a tape measure to each of the starters on Wilson High’s boys basketball team and their heights won’t match what’s printed on the roster.

“We embellish our size,” Rams coach Dave Alwert said. “We’ve got a kid out there 5-foot, a kid 5-foot-5.”

For most of the season, Wilson played bigger than its size.

The eighth-ranked Rams rolled through Narrows League 3A play undefeated and claimed their first conference crown since 1998.

In a Class 3A regional Friday night at Rogers High, Wilson’s memorable season came to an end. Lake Washington High’s 6-foot-11 center Darien Nelson-Henry took advantage of the smaller Rams, leading the Kangaroos to a 51-40 victory in a winner-to-state game.
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Feb.
24th

4A boys regional: LaVine leads Bothell past Olympia 63-54

Kevin Durant was unavailable.

George Gervin has been on vacation for years.

Those are NBA types. And trying to devise a game plan for Bothell High star Zach LaVine must feel like trying to stop, or at least slow down that level of a basketball player.

Olympia High coach Luke Salme called the Cougars junior the best high school player in the state beforehand, and his opinion won’t certainly change after Bothell beat the Bears, 63-54, in a Class 4A regional game at Auburn High School.

Playing in front of a handful of college assistants in the building, LaVine poured in 26 points – just above his scoring average of 23.4 ppg – to lead Bothell (17-9) to its first trip to the Tacoma Dome since 1997.

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