One of the marquee match-ups includes Lynnwood vs. West Seattle on Saturday at noon.
Kamiak (15-10) vs. No. 9 Kentlake (20-5)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., Rogers HS
The skinny: After finishing fourth in WesCo during the regular season, the Knights won three loser-out games in the Northwest District tournament to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2009. Kentlake, which lost a regional heartbreaker to Skyview last year, had an eight-game win streak snapped in the West Central District final against third-ranked Beamer.
Players to watch: Sydney Peterson (5-7 JR G), the SPSL 4A NE MVP, averages 14.4 ppg and is a 3-point threat for the young Falcons, who have just two seniors on the roster. Jada Leonard (5-7 JR G) checks in around 8 ppg and Aniston Denckla (5-11 SO F/W) is just under 7 ppg. For Kamiak, Sarah Payne (5-9 JR. P) is the lone player in double figures at 13.0 ppg and she can score in bunches. Four others average 6.5 or better, led by Jamie Beirne (5-8 JR. W) at 7.8.
Curtis (University Place) (19-7) vs. No. 4 Bothell (22-1)
• Friday, 8 p.m., Bellevue College
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The skinny: The Vikings were knocked out in regionals last year by Gonzaga Prep, which went on to win a second straight title. They went unbeaten in the SPSL South this season at 12-0, but struggled outside the division and is No. 5 out of the WCD. Bothell, the KingCo champ, beat Snohomish last year to advance to the state quarterfinals for only the second time since 1998 (and first since 2007). Cougs ride 11-game win streak after their lone loss to Issaquah.
Players to watch: Curtis has had several players step up during the season but has gotten the most consistent scoring from Jalaiya Frederick (5-3 SO. G) and Kaelin Williams-Kennedy (5-10 JR. G), who average around 11 ppg. Anna Matz (6-1 SR. P) and CeDrice Howard (5-9 SR. P) can do damage inside. Bothell features a potent 1-2 punch in Taya Corosdale (6-2 JR. W/P) and Keyonna Jones (5-8 JR. G/W). Corosdale averages 18.5 ppg and 11.3 rebounds per game, while Jones has scored around 15 a night.
Rogers (Puyallup) (16-11) vs. No. 1 Central Valley (24-0)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., University HS
The skinny: This could be the beginning of another nice run for Central Valley, which won back-to-back state titles in 2001 and ’02 and was second to Prairie in ’03. The Bears, ranked No. 11 nationally by USA Today, are young with six sophomores and two freshmen. Rogers, in the regional round for the first time since 2012, finished fourth in the SPSL South and got the sixth and final seed out of the West Central District.
Players to watch: CV has twin terrors in 6-1 sophomores Lexie and Laci Hull (both G/F), who are apparently on the Connecticut watch list. Lexie averages 18.1 points and 8.3 rebounds, while Lacie is at 9.3 points and 6.5 boards with 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals thrown in. And then there’s Hailey Christopher (5-11 SO. P), good for 9.8 points and 4.9 boards on average. Rogers is paced by Jessi Westering (5-11 JR. F), who comes in averaging 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. Tristen Coltom (5-6 JR. G) scores just under 10 per game.
Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (17-7) vs. No. 7 Skyview (Vancouver) (19-4)
• Friday, 6 p.m., Battle Ground High School
The skinny: Bellarmine has been without Narrows MVP Shalyse Smith (6-1 SO. F) and her14+ ppg since late January but still won another Narrows League crown and advanced as the No. 3 team out of the WCD. Smith could be back if the Lions get back to the Tacoma Dome, according to coach Kevin Meines. Skyview, knocked out of the trophy round by Bellarmine last year, is 14-0 since losing three games in Oregon.
Players to watch: Jayana Ervin (5-9, SR. G) has helped fill Smith’s void for BP and averages 11.5 ppg. McKenzie Alton (5-11 SR. G) is also key at 11 ppg (15.6 over the last 8 games). For Skyview, Ashlee Comastro (6-1 JR. F) is the only player in double figures at 12 ppg, but three others are close to 8 on average.
Gig Harbor (15-8) vs. No. 8 Snohomish (19-3)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., Everett Community College
The skinny: Snohomish, which lost a regional game to Bothell last year, got off to an 0-3 start facing tough 3A competition, but has now won 19 in a row and looks to return to the Tacoma Dome for the first time since losing the title game to Kentwood in 2009. Gig Harbor, once a state regular, is in the round of 16 for the first time since 2006 and finished second to Bellarmine Prep in the Narrows League, fourth at WCD, winning 11 of its past 14 games.
Players to watch: The Panthers are paced by 6-1 seniors Madeline Smith (13.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg), who has signed with Montana State, and Madison Pollock (12.6 ppg), headed to the University of San Diego. Gig Harbor has had several players with the hot hand – Brynna Maxwell (5-10 FR.) went off for 21 in the district quarterfinals and Tessa Wagge (5-4 SR.) is frequently in double figures.
Sunnyside (16-7) vs. No. 5 Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (18-6)
• Saturday, 4 p.m., West Valley High School (Spokane)
The skinny: Sunnyside, which started the season 9-0, is trying to get to Tacoma for only the second time since 2002 (3A qualifier in 2014) and finished second to Moses Lake in the Big 9. L-C owes four of its losses to top-ranked Central Valley and three of those have been by five points or less.
Players to watch: Ashlee Maldonado (5-5, FR. G) leads Sunnyside at 14.7 ppg (including 28 early in the season) and sister Emilee Maldonado (5-4 JR G) is close behind at 13.6. The Tigers feature Riley Lupfer (5-9 SR. G), averaging 20.3 ppg, 4.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds. Taylor Cunningham (5-11 SR. G) brings in 13.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg and Jacinta Buckley (6-0 FR. F) has put together eight double-doubles.
No. 6 Chiawana (Pasco) (20-3) vs. No. 2 Moses Lake (22-0)
• Friday, 8 p.m., Big Bend Community College (Moses Lake)
The skinny: Chiawana won the Mid-Columbia Conference and is the No. 3 qualifier out of the Eastern Regional, losing to L-C in the semifinals. The Riverhawks are looking for their first trip to Tacoma since 2011. Moses Lake, which placed fifth at state last year after losing to Inglemoor in the semifinals, is a defensive-minded team with the ability to put up points, outscoring teams by an average of 26 points per game.
Players to watch: Chiawana’s big gun is Braydey Hodgins (5-7 SR. G), who has signed with Boise State and averages 28 ppg along with 8.9 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.2 assists. But eight others have scored 15 or more in games this season. The Loera sisters ignite Moses Lake. Jessie (5-7 SR. G), who has signed with Gonzaga, is the two-time Big 9 MVP on offense and defense, averaging 19 ppg, 5 apg, 4 rpg and 4 spg. Jamie (5-9 SO. G), a first-team choice on O and D, is a solid all-around player, too, with 14 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 apg and 3 spg.
Eastlake (17-7) vs. No. 3 Beamer (22-2)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., Puyallup HS
The skinny: The Wolves finished in a three-way tie for second in KingCo 4A, then put together a great post-season run. They reached the title game of the KingCo tourney before losing to No. 4 Bothell, then knocked out No. Camas to nab a regional berth and seeks a trip to Tacoma for the first time since 2012. Beamer, which has lost only to a pair of 3A powers (No. 1 Bellevue, No. 2 Lynnwood) comes in on a tear. The Titan’s closest game since mid-January has been 23 points. They aim to win their first state title after placing third last year.
Players to watch: Eastlake’s 1-2 punch has been Gina Marxen (5-7 SO. G) and Sarah Priestley (6-0 SR. F), with Cameron Edward (5-7 SO. G) a close third. Marxen averages 17.2 ppg, while Priestley is a regular double-double at 16.2 points and 10.8 rebounds. Edward scores at a 12.2 clip. For Beamer, Nia Alexander (5-9 SR. G) has been a rock as she closes out a four-year career before heading to the University of San Francisco, averaging 15.6 ppg, 6 apg, 5 rpg, 5 spg. Mckenna Woodfolk (6-2 SR. C), signed with Hawaii, averages around 13.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. Bria Rice (5-8 SR. G), Colorado signee, is just under 10 ppg.
Auburn Mountainview (19-5) vs. Mount Spokane (13-10)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., Ellensburg HS
The skinny: Auburn Mountainview, which placed second in the SPSL behind fourth-ranked Auburn Riverside, looks to return to the Tacoma Dome for the first time since 2011 and is the No. 5 seed out of the West Central/Southwest Bi-District tourney. Mount Spokane is in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history and being battled tested in the ultra-competitive 4A/3A GSL paid dividends this post-season. The Wildcats, which have finished above .500 only two other times, knocked out Southridge of Kennewick to qualify.
Players to watch: Freshman Taylor Flores (5-7 G) is Mountainview’s spart at 13.7 points and 3.1 assists per game. Brianna Zaragoza-Jones (5-5 SR. G) adds 10.6 points, 5 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Jordan Smith (5-8 SR. W) has paced Mount Spokane at 13.7 ppg and had 20 in the loser-out/winner-to-regionals contest. Jaidyn Lyman (5-2 JR. G) averages 10 ppg.
No. 10 Wilson (Tacoma) (18-6) vs. No. 1 Bellevue (25-0)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., Bellevue College
The skinny: Wilson hasn’t let the loss of all-star PG Josie Matz (knee) derail its post-season plans, although it will take a big upset for the Rams to return to the Tacoma Dome for the sixth straight year. They reached the WCD/SW Bi-District semis before losing back-to-back to No. 4 Auburn Riverside and No. 9 Prairie. Bellevue, ranked as high as No. 11 nationally, placed third at state in 2014 and fifth last year. The Wolverines returned a strong core and added two key transfers as they seek their first title since 1975.
Players to watch: Kiara “Kiki” Knox (5-10 SR. F), the co-MVP in Narrows 3A, averages better than 20 ppg for Wilson and is a beast on the boards as well. Erica Hamlin (5-10 SR. F) checks in just under 15 ppg. KingCo MVP Anna Wilson (5-8 SR. G) moved from Virginia this school year in part to be closer to her brother, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. The Stanford signee is averaging 16 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.2 rpg and 3.5 spg. Quinessa Caylao-Do (5-10 SR G), a three-year starter at Beamer who is headed to Colorado, has sacrificed some of her scoring for the betterment of the team, yet still averages 10.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.4 spt and 3 apg. Mainstay Shelby Cansler (6-1 SR G) continues to be a force at 18.2 ppg and don’t forget Tatiana Streun (6-1 SR. F), with 11 ppg and 5 rpg.
Edmonds-Woodway (15-10) vs. No. 4 Auburn Riverside (23-1)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., Puyallup HS
The skinny: Riverside, which won 3A state titles in 2008 and ’09 and a 4A crown in 2010, was riding high at 23-0 before stumbling to red-hot, seventh-ranked Lincoln of Tacoma in the WCD/SW Bi-District championship game Saturday. E-W, fourth in WesCo South during the regular season, got here the hard way, winning four straight loser-out games after losing to No. 2 Lynnwood, the defending state champ, in the opening round of the NW District tourney.
Players to watch: E-W is led in scoring by a pair of guards, 5-7 senior Mady Burdett (15.3 ppg) and 5-10 junior Missy Peterson (13.8). Mattie Tudor, a 5-11 post who transferred from Moses Lake, is next at 9.3. Riverside features SPSL 3A MVP McKenzi Williams (5-3 JR. G), who averages 16. 5 ppg, 4.4 spg and 4.2 apg. Faith Turner (6-3 JR. C) is a force inside, especially on the boards (8.6 per game).
No. 6 West Seattle (22-3) vs. No. 1 Lynnwood (23-0)
• Saturday, noon, Everett CC
The skinny: Lynnwood returns the core of a team that won last year’s 3A state title (after a third-place finish in 4A in 2014) and has won 31 straight dating back to last season, climbing as high as No. 14 in some national polls. West Seattle is coming off its best-ever season, which culminated in a sixth-place finish at state, and started 21-0 before losing three of its last four in part due to young guard play.
Players to watch: Mikayla Pivec (5-10 SR. F), a four-year vet and Oregon State signee who was named the state Gatorade Player of the Year last season, is extremely well-rounded, averaging 21.1 ppg, 14 rpg, 4.4 spg and 4 apg. Jordyn Edwards (5-10 SR. G), daughter of coach Everett Edwards and a Colorado State signee, is a defensive dandy who can score in bunches, too, averaging 10.3 ppg to go with 42. Rpg, 4.3 apg and 3.6 spg. Plus Kaprice Boston (5-10 JR. W) chips in 12.1 ppg, too and Kelsey Rogers (6-1 JR. C) is just under 10.
No. 3 Arlington (22-1) vs. No. 5 Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (23-2)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., Mountlake Terrace HS
The skinny: These two teams met in the state quarterfinals last season, with Blanchet winning by 23 en route to a third-place finish – a year after they lost the title game to Cleveland. Blanchet has a new coach in Greg Bruns and owes its only losses to No. 6 West Seattle (the teams have split) and No. 1 Bellevue. Arlington, fourth at state last year, started 22-0 before taking a spanking from No. 2 Lynnwood in the Northwest District title game, 60-22.
Players to watch: Gracie Castaneda (5-8 SR G) and Jayla Russ (6-1 SR F) lead a balanced scoring attack, averaging 10 points apiece (along with 5 rebounds). Serafina Balderas (5-0 SR. G) is next in line at 9 ppg. Blanchet features two dynamic juniors, Jadyn Bush (5-11 JR. W/P) and Taylor Chambers (5-5 G). Bush is just shy of a double-double on average with 18.4 ppg and 9.2 rpg (plus 2.7 spg), while chambers checks in at 9.5 ppg, 5.7 apg and 2.4 spg. Lil DiPietro (5-8 SR G) follows at 8.2 ppg.
Rainier Beach (20-6) vs. No. 7 Lincoln (Tacoma) (23-1)
• Friday, 6 p.m., Rogers High School
The skinny: The Vikings are in the round of 16 for the first time since 2005, winning three straight loser-out games to earn the fifth and final seed out of the tough SeaKing District. Their lone loss in the past nine games has been to No. 5 Blanchet. Lincoln, which lost to Bellevue at this stage last year after reaching the quarterfinals in 2004, ride a 20-game win streak since an early loss to Cleveland. The Abes knocked off previously unbeaten Auburn Mountainview to take the WCD/SW Bi-District crown.
Players to watch: Beach features a trio of players averaging in double figures – Sahiah Simpson-Patu (5-9 SR. G) at 16.2, NiRae Petty (5-6 JR. G) at 12.3 and Imani Dunn (5-11 SR. F) at 10.5. Dunn is also tough on the boards, averaging nearly 9 a game. Lincoln’s star is Tamia Braggs (6-2 SR. F/G), a three-time Narrows MVP headed to Santa Clara. She is a double-double waiting to happen, dominating inside. Morticia McCall (5-10 JR. G) averaged nearly 18 ppg in the four district wins.
No. 8 Mercer Island (20-5) vs No. 9 Prairie (Brush Prairie) (20-4)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., Battle Ground HS
The skinny: Prairie, a storied program with six state titles (most recently in 2012), suffered its only 3A loss to No. 7 Lincoln in the WCD/SW Bi-District semifinals, by one point. The Falcons knocked Juanita out in the regional round last year, then went 0-2 in Tacoma. MI, which lost to Wilson at regionals a year ago, owes three of its losses to top-ranked Bellevue and pushed the Wolverines the last time they squared off.
Players to watch: Idaho-bound Cherita Dougherty (5-8 SR. G) is widely considered Prairie’s best player but has battled a shoulder injury much of the season and only averages about 9 ppg. She appears on the mend at the right time. Grace Prom (5-6 JR. G) has picked up the slack, scoring 14 ppg. MI has multiple weapons in 6-2 junior Anna Luce (F/C, 18 ppg, 9 rpg) and seniors Jessica Blakeslee (5-10 G, 14,3 ppg) and Taylor Krause (5-10 F, 11.8 ppg). Blakeslee is a deadly 3-point shooter (45%).
Columbia River (Vancouver) (14-11), vs. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (13-10)
• Saturday, 6 p.m., Richland High School
The skinny: The Braves’ lone 3A loss was by a point to Southridge, a team they later beat twice, and they are the No. 1 seed out of District 8 (MCC/GSL), beating Mount Spokane for the top spot. River has had a rollercoaster season, never winning more than three games in a row – but doing just enough to advance as the sixth and final seed out of the WCD/SW Bi-District.
Players to watch: Freshman Oumou Toure (5-10 G) has been dynamic for Kamiakin, averaging 16.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 3 spg. She’s had help from Alexa Hazen (5-5 FR. G), who checks in with 12.6 ppg and 4 apg, along with Kiley Larson (5-5 JR., G), also in double figures at 12.1. For CR, Kate Kraft (5-7 JR.) is closest to double-digit scoring at 9 ppg, followed by Emma Fisk (6-4 JR. P), who is at 8 ppg with 10 rpg.
Class 2A (Locals Only)
Shorecrest (14-10) vs. Franklin Pierce (18-6)
• Saturday, 4 p.m., Puyallup HS
The skinny: Shorecrest took its lumps in a tough WesCo Conference otherwise comprised of 3A schools, then earned the third and final regional berth out of the Northwest District. FP shared second place in the SPSL with River Ridge behind fifth-ranked White River and knocked off No. 10 Port Angeles in the West Central/SeaKing Bi-District semis to clinch a regional spot.
Players to watch: Alexius Foster (5-9, JR. G) has carried the scoring load for Franklin Pierce at 19.5 per game with Ghane Buze (5-4 JR. G) just under 10. Shorecrest has been led by Julia Strand (6-0 SO. F) at 16 ppg, followed by Uju Chibuogwu (6-11 SR. P) at 13 ppg and track standout Wurrie Njadoa (5-8 SR. G) at 10 ppg.
No. 3 Lynden (20-3) vs. Liberty (10-14)
• Saturday, 6 p.m. Renton HS
The skinny: Lynden shared the Northwest Conference title with Lynden Christian, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, then was upset in the District championship game by No. 9 Anacortes. After taking some lumps in the tough 3A/2A KingCo Conference, Liberty has gone 3-1 in the playoffs, falling only to No. 5 White River.
Players to watch: Elisa Kooiman (5-11 JR. G) has done most of the scoring damage for Lynden, averaging 18.5 ppg. Sierra Smith (5-4 SO. G) averages just over 7 ppg, but can be dangerous. Samantha Kelderman (5-11 JR. G/F) and Sydney Argosino (5-9 SO. G) were both all-conference honorable mentions.
No. 3 King’s (18-6) vs. No. 8 Bellevue Christian (20-2)
• Friday, 6 p.m., Bellevue College
The skinny: King’s is the defending 1A state champion and have lost to only one 1A team this season – top-ranked Lynden Christian, in the district title game. Bellevue Christian won the Nisqually League title and owes its only losses to No. 5 Granger (back in December) and Archbishop Murphy, a 2A team.
Players to watch: The Knights lean on Daylee Hanson (5-11 SR. G), who was the Cascade Conference MVP and comes in averaging 11.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg and, 3.8 apg and 3.8 spg. Anna Parker (5-9 SR. F) also averages just over 11 ppg to go along with 5 rpg. The defensive-minded Vikings don’t have any players averaging in double-digits, but are generally led by sisters Rachel Berg (5-9 JR. G), who sits at 8.6 ppg, and Jessica Berg (5-4 SR. W), at 8.2
Class 1B Kalama (18-5) vs. Seattle Academy (18-3)
• Saturday, 2 p.m., Rogers HS
The skinny: Kalama shared the Trico 1A title with seventh-ranked LaCenter – the only team they’ve lost to over the past 13 games (twice, by two and three points). Seattle Academy is the Emerald City champ and had a 14-game win streak going until running into top-ranked Lynden Christian in championship game of the Bi-District 1-2 tourney.
Players to watch: Kalama features a pair of dynamic players in Kaelyn Shipley (6-0 JR. F), who averages 19.5 points and 12.2 rebounds, and Parker Esary (6-1, JR. P), who has been good for 19.4 points and 11.7 boards on the season. Allie Morrison (6-0 SO. G) is a consistent double-double threat for the Cardinals, averaging around 13 points and 12 rebounds. Sarah Goh (5-5 JR. G) is also regularly in double-digits scoring.
Mary M. Knight (Elma) (15-6) vs. No. 3 Tulalip Heritage (22-1)
• Saturday, 2 p.m., Everett CC
The skinny: The Owls come in as the No. 3 team out of the Southwest District tourney behind Taholah. What a turn-around for Tulalip Heritage, which went just 2-18 last year. The Tulalip Hawks were 22-0 before losing in the Tri-District championship game to Mount Vernon Christian.
Players to watch: MMK got 26 points from Kaylee Sowle (5-5 FR. G) and 19 from Jaycee Valley (5-6 SR. G) in the district semifinals, while Mary Koonrad (5-4 FR, G) scored 14 in the title game. Sisters Adiya Jones (5-10, SR. F/C) and Aliya Jones (5-6, JR. G), have keyed the Hawks’ success and are the top scorers. Adiya transferred this season from La Conner and Aliya joined her on the team after not turning out last year.
Seattle Lutheran (14-9) vs. Mount Vernon Christian (17-9)
• Saturday, noon, Mount Vernon HS
The skinny: The Saints, which lost to Mount Vernon Christian by 16 in mid-December, advanced as the No. 5 seed out of the Tri-District tourney. The Hurricanes knocked off previously unbeaten and third-ranked Tulalip Heritage in the tourney finale, 41-39.
Players to watch: Grace Kuipers (5-10 SR. F) averages 12.4 ppg for Mount Vernon Christian, which also gets nearly 10 a game from Lindsay Noste (5-10 SR. F). Seattle Lutheran’s top player has been Abbi Sanders (5-3 SR. G), an all-conference first-team choice. Izzy Jones (5-7 SO. F) and Taylor Stordahl (5-2 SR. G) have been key as well.