Three things to watch in the Class 4A and 3A boys and girls tournaments.
Three things to watch in the Class 4A and 3A boys and girls basketball tournaments:
4A boys |
The best game?
Easy: No. 1 Garfield vs. No. 3 Bothell. The KingCo foes met twice during the season, and Garfield won both. They can meet in the quarterfinals because they didn’t play at the same regional site; teams that played at the same regional site (i.e. Lakeside and Rainier Beach) can’t play each other on the first day.
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Arlington made the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history. The Eagles (21-3) are led by Terry Dawn, a 6-foot-5 senior who averages 19 points.
At 24-0, No. 2 Jackson is the only undefeated team in 4A or 3A. The Timberwolves play No. 4 Central Valley, their first ranked opponent this season.
4A girls |
Three teams ranked in the top five are in the bottom half of the bracket. No. 1 Mount Rainier plays No. 5 Inglemoor and No. 2 Mead faces No. 8 Skyline. “That’s going to be a hard road to get to the final,” Mount Rainier coach Bob Bolam said.
Unranked Kentwood knocked off No. 3 Lynnwood to reach the quarterfinals, where they face another WesCo team, No. 9 Lake Stevens. The Vikings beat the Conks 65-47 on Dec. 28.
Mead’s MacKenzie McPhee is a cousin of Mount Rainier twins Brittany and Jordan McPhee. Their teams could meet in the semifinals.
3A boys |
No. 2 Rainier Beach gets another crack at No. 10 Seattle Prep in the quarterfinals. Prep handed Beach its first loss, 59-57, on Dec. 14. It’s also a rematch of last year’s 3A title game.
Quarterfinal opponents Mountlake Terrace and Lincoln played on Dec. 8. Lincoln won by a point, 60-59.
Franklin is making its first state appearance in three years. The Quakers play Timberline, the only unranked team still playing in 3A.
3A girls |
They meet again
Second-ranked Cleveland and University of Spokane are from opposite sides of the state, but know each other well. Cleveland beat University in last year’s tournament to finish third.
Half the field is comprised of teams from the Sea-King District — Cleveland, Seattle Prep, Bellevue and Mercer Island. Each is in a separate quarterfinal, so two could meet in the final.
Back to the beginning
Glacier Peak opened the season against Bellevue way back in November. It was Bellevue’s second game, and the Wolverines rallied for a 46-43 victory. “We’re a different team than we were then, and they are, too,” Glacier Peak coach Brian Hill said. Bellevue knocked of No. 1 Prairie, last year’s champion, to get here.