Mount Si hoopsters fall in tournament games, plus college hoops….

UPDATED from yesterday

Mount Si High School’s boys and girls’ basketball teams fell yesterday in tournament action at their holiday hoops tournaments.

The Wildcat boys held a halftime lead in their game at the Under Armour Holiday Classic in San Diego over South Gate of Los Angeles, but the California team rallied with a big second half, outscoring Mount Si 27-11 in the half, to sink the Wildcats 45-35. The loss knocked scarlet and gray into the consolation bracket at the tournament in the Mayor’s Division. They play again today.

Colton Swain led Mount Si with 10 points, while Ryan Fischer added nine. Jose Velasquez did most of his damage in the second half, and finished with a game-high 14 for South Gate.

The Wildcats meet Lone Pine of California this afternoon at 2:15. Lone Pine is 6-3 and lost yesterday to Palm Springs in another contest at the tournament. Seniors Ryan Cappello and Brad Greene will be the players to watch for the LP side; each is averaging just under 20 points a game for the Eagles, who hail from a community in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of east-central California. Lone Pine is located on the main highway between Los Angeles and Reno, NV.

And earlier yesterday, the Wildcat girls fell in a low-scoring affair to Lathrop from Fairbanks, AK, 39-33, in the opening game of the Cactus Jam tournament down in Phoenix. Scout Turner, who we are told was celebrating her birthday yesterday, did so in style, leading the way for Mount Si, scoring eight points (we want to wish her a happy birthday by the way). Emma Smith and Camryn Buck each added six points apiece pacing the Wildcats.

Jahnna Hadjukovich, the budding star from the Malamutes who we mentioned for you as well yesterday, led Lathrop with eight points. The sophomore came into the game averaging 15 points a contest. Junior Cheyenne Dibert pitched in seven for the Malamutes, now 3-0 on the season. Mount Si meets Monsignor Catholic from Medicine Hat, AB, Canada this morning in a consolation bracket contest. Tip is at 8:30am our time.

Centralia CC women outlast Canadian squad in extra session: The Blazers outscored Lethbridge College 14-4 in overtime, breaking a 73-73 tie to post an 87-77 win over the Kodiaks in the opener at the Lower Columbia CC’s holiday tournament in Longview yesterday afternoon. Sophomore Susan Kenney, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS grad, scored 15 points to pace Centralia, who plays Umpqua this afternoon in a semifinal contest.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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