The Friday night hardwood wrap, with boys’ and girls’ high school and college action……

Mount Si High School’s boys basketball team goes into the final week of the regular season very much in the postseason discussion, despite a loss last night.

The Wildcats played Bothell tough, but the Cougars proved to be too much as Bothell won 81-71 at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. Danny Tomson led Mount Si with 19 points, while Ryan Fischer added 18 points and Cody Randall pitched in 12 points and nine rebounds, both aiding the Wildcats.

The loss dropped the Wildcats into a three-way tie with Inglemoor and Eastlake at 3-11 in league for the final two spots to the Kingco playoffs. Mount Si hosts Skyline next Tuesday for Senior Night before heading to Newport High School in Bellevue to close the regular season against the Knights next Friday. If Mount Si wins both games, they are assured of going to the playoffs.

Both Eastlake and Inglemoor have tough stretches to close the season, with both squads facing the very good Woodinville Falcons next week, and the Vikings also have Bothell, so Inglemoor has by far the toughest schedule of the three. Things appear to look good, in that case, for a playoff spot for the Wildcats, but a lot can still happen.

Mount Si meets the Spartans for Senior Night next Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

King’s shuts down Cedarcrest in second half, rolls to win: The King’s Knights put their foot down in a big way in the second half, outscoring CHS 44-11 in that final pair of frames to hand Cedarcrest a blowout 81-35 loss at home in Duvall last night. Robert Cha scored 15 for the Red Wolves, who dropped two games behind Archbishop Murphy for the top spot in Cascade 2A. Cedarcrest is now 7-4 in league, 8-9 overall, while ATM, who beat Lakewood last night, moves to 9-2 in conference, 11-6 overall.

Girls’ basketball
Mount Si girls’ postseason hopes all but done: Taya Corosdale and Keyonna Jones each scored 17 points to lead Bothell to a 64-23 win over the Wildcats, keeping Mount Si winless in league as it heads to the final week of the season. The loss effectively ends the Wildcats’ hopes for postseason, although Mount Si could still get in if they win out, get some help and then win a tiebreaker game with Newport, but considering how things have gone this season, chances of that happening are remote at best. The Wildcats play their final game at home of the season next Wednesday night against Skyline, with a tip scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at Mount Si High School.

Wildcat JV ladies fall: Kelsey Hudson’s 14 proved to be enough as Bothell handed the Mount Si JV a 45-24 loss at home last night. Jenae Usselman scored nine points while Hayley Benham added six to pace Mount Si, who was held to 28% from the floor and was out-rebounded 40-33.

King’s blasts Red Wolves: King’s doubled up Cedarcrest 30-15 in the first half, then held the Red Wolves to just ten second-half points and routed the Red Wolves 52-25 last night at home in Duvall. Adding insult to injury, Cedarcrest’s top player as of late, Haley Hill, broke a finger in the first quarter and did not return, with her status for further games not known. “Losing Haley set us back a bit as she has been such a big part of our offense and defense lately,” wrote coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. Elaine Townley led the Red Wolves with nine points.

The loss likely results in Cedarcrest’s playoff situation being pretty well settled, with them now expected to take the third seed from the Cascade 2A, which will land them the seventh seed in the upcoming Northwest 2A District tournament. As the bracket currently stands, that seed will earn CHS a road game against whichever of Archbishop Murphy or Lakewood takes top spot among the 2A squads; both teams played one another last night with no score being reported. CHS is at 6-5 in Cascade with a 9-8 record and three games left in the schedule.

Red Wolves JV handles Knights: CHS’ junior varsity girls were led by Quinn Bellamy’s 23 points as they routed King’s 48-30 to avenge an earlier loss this season to the Knights. Knowles reports this was the best game of the season for the CHS ladies.

Colleges
Carroll-MT men 78, Great Falls 56: In Helena, MT, the Saints took care of their I-15 rivals from the north with help from Duvall’s Zach Taylor. The Carroll junior, a 2013 Cedarcrest HS alum, pitched in 11 points, two rebounds and five assists to aid the Saints, who moved to 15-5 overall, 8-2 in Frontier Conference action, and a ½ game up on second place Lewis-Clark State, who suffered an upset loss on the road last night by Rocky Mountain in Billings.

Northwest women 71, College of Idaho 51: In Kirkland last night, the Eagles easily handled the visitors from Idaho to move to 11-13 overall, 6-8 in conference play. Sophomore Kalee Fowler, from Duvall and a 2014 Cedarcrest HS alum, played limited minutes off the bench for Northwest with no stats of note to report.

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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