Friday night on the high school hardwood brings you previews and our picks for Mount Si vs. Bothell and Cedarcrest vs. King’s

Good Friday morning. Wrestling and gymnastics on deck, but we have another round of Friday hoops previews and picks to start. It is a basketball night in the Valley tonight as both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools have home boys’ and girls’ basketball games. The two schools, though, are both playing tough opponents – Mount Si against Bothell, and Cedarcrest against King’s. CHS led off this segment last week, so Mount Si gets the honors this week. A note and that is at both schools, the girls’ game begins at 6:30 p.m. with the boys to follow shortly after 8:00.

KINGCO 4A BASKETBALL
MOUNT SI WILDCATS VS. BOTHELL COUGARS
MOUNT SI HIGH SCHOOL, SNOQUALMIE

GIRLS: Things are looking bleak as we have mentioned already for Mount Si’s girls, and the challenge tonight is a big, big one. Find a way to beat a Bothell team that is leading the league at 13-1, 17-1 overall, and with arguably the two best players in this conference in Taya Corosdale and Keyonna Jones, a team that easily handled the Wildcats the last time these two teams played, up at Bothell, before the holiday break.

Corosdale is averaging a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds a game thus far to lead the Cougars, while Jones is pitching in an average of around 15 a night on top of six boards. That said, though, Mount Si’s defense the last time out held both players in check – Corosdale scored just a dozen while Jones was limited to just nine. So the Wildcat defense will once again have to do that for the team to have a chance to pull off this upset.

But, the trouble is, the offensive struggles continue for scarlet and gray; they were blown out at home by Inglemoor last Friday and were held to just 27% from the floor in the 56-26 loss. Annie Hiebert continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging around seven a contest; she scored nine for Mount Si in last Friday’s loss.

This is a must win for the Wildcats if they want to stay alive in the playoff picture; lose tonight and its all but official; they’ll still have a remote shot to go but it will be two must-win games plus winning a potential tiebreaker game to earn that trip.

At this point in the season, it’s looking like things are going to be what they’re going to be, and with that, we like Bothell. Bothell 50, Mount Si 30

BOYS: The Mount Si boys have climbed into the playoff hunt; they come into tonight tied for seventh in the conference at 3-10 with Inglemoor; the Wildcats are 5-12 overall. They meet a Bothell team that themselves is in a fight for playoff position; the Cougars are 9-5 in league, one game ahead of Redmond for the third place position in the conference. These two teams battled in an overtime thriller the last time out back in December up in Bothell, with that extra session only happening thanks to a strong Mount Si rally in the contest. The Wildcats were down 30-12 after one, stormed back to make things interesting at halftime, and kept it that way until the extra session, when the Cougars pulled away to hand Mount Si a 92-82 loss.

Among the keys to that comeback for Mount Si was senior Colton Swain, who scored 18 points and added 13 rebounds, a double-double for the now-injured Wildcat post, so that right there will be something to watch tonight for Mount Si. How does scarlet and gray fill that production tonight, especially since Bothell has their sophomore budding star Cameron Tyson leading the way? Tyson, for his part, is averaging almost 21 a night, among the best in the league, and he has a pair of supporting cast members – Jake Medjo and Josh Kollman – both pitching in 15 a game. Will be a challenge tonight for Mount Si, that’s for sure. Look for Danny Tomson, leading the team in scoring with 20 a game but who was out the last time these two teams played dealing with the ankle injury that he was battling at the time, to lead the way tonight.

The last two Fridays have seen winnable games against struggling foes for the Wildcats, and both times they posted wins enabling this rally that now puts them in postseason discussion. This challenge tonight, though, should be a lot tougher for Mount Si, but a loss tonight, provided Inglemoor also loses their game, will not impact the playoff picture all that much for the Wildcats.

Without Swain in the middle, we like Bothell in this one, in regulation. Bothell 75, Mount Si 65

Now to Cedarcrest.

CASCADE 2A BASKETBALL
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. KING’S KNIGHTS
CEDARCREST HIGH SCHOOL, DUVALL

GIRLS: The Red Wolves (6-4 league, 9-7 overall) meet Kings, unbeaten in league at 11-0, 13-4 overall. The last time these two teams met, it was all Knights in a 53-26 win, and tonight is not expected to be much different, although CHS continues to plod along and is very much assured of a playoff spot – and their playoff matchup in the opening round appears set at this point, too, although we’ll not mention that here just yet as there’s still time in the season for Elaine Townley and crew to make up ground on Lakewood and Archbishop Murphy as they seek a better seeding position in the 2A playoff hunt. Townley, Mieke Van Ess and Haley Hill will be the players to watch for the Red Wolves, who beat South Whidbey Tuesday, while senior Anna Parker is expected to be the key for the Knights, who started this week getting blown out at home by Bellevue in a nonleague game before blasting Granite Falls Tuesday. Look for the Knights to continue their run in league with another “W”. King’s 55, Cedarcrest 40

BOYS: Cedarcrest (7-3 league, 8-8 overall) gets a Knights team, who, like the ladies, is unbeaten in league, at 10-0, 13-3 overall. King’s won the last time out back in December 66-50 and is led by junior Cory Kispert. As for the Red Wolves, Jake Kirschenmann and Robert Cha continue to lead the way in scoring for CHS, with 16 and 14 per night respectively. Those two will need to continue to step it up for the team to have success in this one. The Red Wolves rallied to fight off an upset bid from South Whidbey Tuesday, while King’s took care of Granite Falls.

CHS looks pretty well locked into the playoffs at this point but would like a win to keep pace with 2A leader Archbishop Murphy. We’re not expecting, that, however. Look for King’s to remain unbeaten. King’s 60, Cedarcrest 50

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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