Saturday headlines: CHS girls hoops stuns Murphy in opening round of playoffs, plus news on Kiwis at WBC…..

Good Saturday morning. We have a great feature item coming up later with Mount Si High School senior Tova Barden and her mom, Siri. Tova, as you all know, has signed an equestrian sports scholarship with New Mexico State University, and we caught up with them this week to talk about the signing, the sport, and their involvement in it.

First, though, here’s the news. College report on tap, and we also have a preview of tonight’s CHS-Shorecrest hoops boys’ playoff game.

Basketball: Cedarcrest girls shock Archbishop Murphy, advance to district semis
As we noted in our preview yesterday, it was going to be a tough task for the Cedarcrest Red Wolves girls’ basketball team to beat Archbishop Murphy in their place in the opening round of the Northwest 2A District playoffs last night, especially after the Wildcats routed the Red Wolves on Tuesday in Duvall to close out the regular Cascade Conference season. But we also noted that the defensive emphasis that coach Brad Knowles has been working on could perhaps help CHS get a little farther than people expected in the tournament.

Well, the defense showed up and in a big way, resulting in a stunning 36-35 CHS win over ATM. “It was our best defensive effort of the season,” wrote Cedarcrest coach Brad Knowles to the SVSJ. “Even with Elaine Townley and Mieke Van Ess in foul trouble early, our team stepped it up and played as tough as they ever had this season. I couldn’t be more proud of the “team defense” we brought tonight.”

Briana Deveraux led the way, hitting four threes – three in the final frame, finishing with a team-leading 12 points. “In districts, it’s always time to for someone to step it up and Briana Devereaux did just that,” Knowles wrote.

Haley Hill added eight to pace CHS, who advances to meet Anacortes Monday night at 6:00 in the district semis, with the winner advancing to state. Anacortes also pulled an upset last night, beating Burlington-Edison.

Baseball: New Zealand out at WBC
The New Zealand national team has been eliminated from contention for the 2017 World Baseball Classic after a loss earlier today.

New Zealand was routed 9-2 by South Africa in the loser-out contest in Sydney, Australia at the WBC qualifiers. Two of the four Valley players competing for the Kiwis played in the contest – outfielder Max Brown was 0-4 and pitcher Jim Boyce pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking one, with no decision.

South Africa plays Australia for the title later tonight our time.

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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