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Mountlake Terrace boys 59, University 56 in 3A consolation

By Tyler Hemstreet

Mountlake Terrace guard Marquis Armstead was expecting the weak side help defender to come shut down his path to the basket.

That help never came, and Armstead made the University Titans pay.

Armstead converted on 3-point play with five seconds to go, powering the fifth-ranked Hawks to a 59-56 victory in a Class 3A boys state consolation game on Friday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.

“I knew I wanted the ball, and once I got it I wasn’t going to do anything to mess it up,” said Armstead, who finished with 12 points.

University had a

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Lakeside of Seattle boys 69, University 48 in 3A quarterfinals

By Todd Milles

Even when most people scattered out into night, the meaning from the nightcap was clear: Don’t sleep on the Lakeside of Seattle Lions in the Class 3A boys basketball tournament.

From pretty much start to finish, the No. 4 Lions controlled the action – and pulled away in the second quarter for a 69-48 victory over University in the 3A quarterfinals in the Tacoma Dome on Thursday night.

Lakeside is in the state semifinals for the first time since 1989 – the year the Lions went all the way to the championship game, losing to Chief Sealth

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Cleveland girls 60, University 50 in 3A quarterfinals

By Tyler Hemstreet

Yes, that’s now 24 wins in a row for the Cleveland Eagles.

The early favorites to win it all, the No. 2 Eagles extended their winning streak and advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals with a 60-50 win over University on Thursday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.

Makala Roper scored a game-high 22 points, and Donniesha Webber and Myzhanique Ladd added 12 points apiece for Cleveland (25-2), which trailed 20-12 early in the second quarter.

“We don’t even talk about that number (of wins in a row),” Cleveland coach Stephenie Wheeler-Smith said of the streak. “They’re

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Class 3A girls: University 45, No. 5 Seattle Prep 34

Seattle Prep couldn’t overcome a slow start, and had no answer for University’s Kayleigh Valley and Hallie Gennett as the Titans went on to a stunning 45-34 win and a date with Prairie in the semifinal round.

University jumped out to a 10-1 lead after the first quarter and played even with the Panthers the rest of the way. Valley had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Gennett added 13 points and 13 boards to lead the Titans. Seattle Prep was out-rebounded 48-24 in the contest. MaryAnn Santucci and Michaela Carew each had 12 points to pace Seattle Prep.


Class 3A boys: University 60, Lake Washington 55

The No. 7 Titans made a late push in the fourth quarter to move on to the semifinals where they will face Rainier Beach.

Lake Washington 6-11 big man Darien Nelson-Henry went down with a right ankle sprain early in the fourth quarter with the No. 10 Kangaroos (20-7) leading 46-41, and the Titans took advantage by pounding the ball inside.

Nelson-Henry had his ankle re-taped and returned with 3:32 left and his team up 52-51.

But Senior guard Jared Miller connected on back-to-back drives late in the game to put the Titans (20-4) up for good, 55-52 with just over two minutes left.

“Yeah, I think it was good to have him on the bench,” University head coach Garrick Phillips said. “But I didn’t mind playing with him out there either because he had to guard somebody on our team. And he didn’t want it to be one of our guys who could shoot.”

Junior Brett Bailey, an oral commit to the University of San Diego, led the Titans with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Matt Staudacher led Lake Washington with a game-high 30 points. Nelson-Henry finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

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Girls Basketball: Class 3A state tournament capsules, predictions

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


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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Boys Basketball: Class 3A state tournament capsules, predictions


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


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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