Friday hoops playoff previews and picks – MSHS boys vs. Skyline and CHS girls vs. Murphy

Good Friday morning. We’ll have all of last night’s action on tap, but first, we have another round of playoff hoops previews and picks. Two local teams are in action tonight – Mount Si High School’s boys and Cedarcrest High School’s girls. Here’s a look at what to expect in both games.

BOYS-Mount Si Wildcats vs. Skyline Spartans, Kingco 4A Tournament (loser out), Lake Washington HS, Kirkland, 3:30pm – Both teams look to keep their seasons alive after first-round losses in the Kingco playoffs Tuesday. Mount Si fell to Woodinville while Skyline fell to Bothell.

The two teams split the season series with each team winning on their home floor. Mount Si won the most recent meeting, 10 days ago, over the Spartans thanks, of course, to that big 38-point barrage from Ryan Fischer, and the senior continues to have a relatively solid hand. Fischer scored 11 on Tuesday in the 87-58 loss to the Falcons and continues to average around 20 points a night in his last five games. The key player to watch will be Danny Tomson, coming off a 22-point effort in that loss Tuesday.

A big factor that we noticed in watching Mount Si play the Spartans back on February 2 was the rebounding. That will be a factor most likely, and that means players such as L.J. Linton, who led the Wildcats in that category on Tuesday with six, will have to step it up. Skyline’s got some big boys, led by 6’7″ senior Braden Ahlemeyer, who is averaging around 13 points and 10 boards a contest. Junior Kellan Pryzbylski is leading the Spartans in scoring with 14 points a contest. He led Skyline in scoring, pumping in 20 points, in the Spartans’ 78-72 loss to the Wildcats earlier this month.

This will be a competitive game, with all the marbles on the line. With the size advantage, though, we like Skyline. Still, though, the Wildcat boys have worked very hard the past few weeks to get themselves into this playoff chase, and here’s hoping that this is a foundation for future success. Skyline 75, Mount Si 72

GIRLS-Cedarcrest Red Wolves at Archbishop Murphy Wildcats, Northwest 2A District playoffs, first round, Archbishop Murphy HS, Mill Creek, 7:00 pm – The two teams met back on Tuesday to wrap up the regular season, with ATM winning big 58-39. Red Wolves coach Brad Knowles, though, liked how his team played. “The game was about better shooting, better movement and better rebounding…..we were just a little behind in those catagories,” Knowles wrote in his postgame comments to the SVSJ after Tuesday’s game. “The score doesn’t reflect the effort our team showed and I am proud of the fight they brought.”

Haley Hill and Elaine Townley will both look to lead Cedarcrest; the two led the team in scoring on Tuesday, with Hill scoring 16 and Townley pitching in 10. Hill’s efforts were anchored by four three-pointers, so she will be a threat for sure from outside. Emily Rodabaugh scored 18 for ATM in the win Tuesday and was also the top scorer for the Wildcats in the first meeting of the two schools earlier this season. Watch for that freshman to lead the way again tonight for Murphy.

Knowles believes the secret to success is simple for his squad. “We have to step it up,” he wrote. Is that possible? Certainly is, but there’s no mystery on either side of the coin. Since both teams just saw one another earlier this week, the key will be whichever team can exploit the other’s weaknesses best and make the best adjustments based on what they saw earlier this week. Whichever squad does that first will be the winners tonight. We think that will be ATM, but with the emphasis on tough defense Knowles has been implementing with good success as of late, that could propel Cedarcrest a little farther in this thing than people expect at the end of the day. ATM 55, Cedarcrest 45

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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2 Responses to Friday hoops playoff previews and picks – MSHS boys vs. Skyline and CHS girls vs. Murphy

  1. Brian Townley says:

    Lady red wolves led every quarter and held on to win it 36-35!

    • Rhett Workman Rhett Workman says:

      Yes they did, Brian. Coach sent me the info. That is an AWESOME accomplishment for the ladies. Elaine and her teammates should be proud of themselves. I’ll have that up this morning.

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