Half-siblings Aqeel and Aqueelah Williams have helped the Garfield boys and Mount Rainier girls, respectively, to No. 1 state rankings.

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TACOMA — The road to the boys and girls Class 4A state basketball championships might run through the Williams family.

Aqeel Williams is a 5-foot-10 senior guard for the top-ranked Garfield boys. His half-sister, Aqueelah, is a 5-8 sophomore guard for the No. 1 Mount Rainier girls of Des Moines.

The siblings both played Thursday in the quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome. Aqeel had six points and two rebounds in Garfield’s 62-50 win over No. 3 Bothell. Aqueelah played for Mount Rainier against Inglemoor.

“Me and my sister’s relationship is really close,” Aqeel said. “We used to play each other every day.

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“For us to both be on the No. 1 teams in the state … it can’t get any better.”

Jackson, Arlington

are familiar foes

When second-ranked Jackson and No. 10 Arlington meet in the boys semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Timberwolves will be trying to defeat the Eagles for the third time in seven weeks.

“They’re playing lights-out right now,” Jackson junior guard Jason Todd said of the Eagles. “They’re not the same team they were in the district championship. Neither are we. That’s what makes this exciting.”

The Eagles and Timberwolves have met twice, with Jackson winning 64-50 on Jan. 11 and 58-42 on Feb. 15.

Newport guard back in game

Newport senior guard Riley Hering played for the first time since Feb. 5, scoring one point and grabbing three rebounds in 17 minutes against Curtis.

He was sidelined almost a month after suffering a head injury while playing baseball with friends.

Hering averaged 3.5 points this season and was one of the Bellevue team’s best defenders before being injured.


• Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar was in attendance Thursday.

• Of the eight 4A boys teams that played Thursday, Garfield shot the lowest percentage (32.7).

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