CHS girls, boys hoops both win, plus news from the colleges and Mount Si boys from the hardwood on this Friday……

UPDATED 9:00am

Good Friday morning. News from the hardwood as we roll into New Year’s weekend this morning.

Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both recorded wins last night on the road to close out 2016.

The Red Wolve ladies overcame tremendous adversity to score another win over a 3A opponent, this time the Metro League’s Ingraham Rams. Haley Hill scored 13 points, and tough defense from Elaine Townley helped hold the Rams’ top scorer, Mars Kromberg, to just eight points, helping Cedarcrest take care of Ingraham in Seattle 50-29.

“This was our sixth game on the road in a row,” said coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. “The kids were tired, battling colds, some were absent, we had three swing players get some good minutes….to win by 21 with all that going on shows how tough are kids are.” The team was shorthanded, according to Knowles, with one player home ill and a second away on a holiday trip with her family. Madi Weir added 10 points to pace CHS, who next plays next Friday at home against Sultan as part of a boys/girls doubleheader which we will preview and pick for you here next week.

As for Cedarcrest’s boys, they got two solid performances from seniors in their 61-51 win over the Wesco 3A Arlington Eagles up at Arlington High School in Snohomish County.

Jake Kirschenmann had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Red Wolves, who, with the win, have now won six out of their last seven games to move to 7-4 overall on the season in advance of their game next Tuesday night at home against King’s to restart conference play following the holiday break. Nathan McBride, off his torrid 9-10 from the floor this past Tuesday that netted him 18 points for Cedarcrest in their loss at Ingraham, was a similarly strong 7-9 last night and finished with 16 points to pace the Red Wolves. This week’s efforts have seen his season averages bounce upward as a result; he is now averaging 8.5 points a game, so he could become a bigger factor as the season wears on.

The game next Tuesday tips at 6:45 p.m. at CHS’ campus in Duvall, 29000 NE 150th Street. It is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

Other high school hoops:

Mount Si boys fall: The Mount Si High School boys made things interesting late, but could not recover from a slow start in the second half and fell 58-53 yesterday afternoon to Simi Valley, from suburban Los Angeles, at the Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational in southern California. Brendan Botten led Mount Si with 14 points, while Gavin Gorrell added 13 and Jabe Mullins pitched in 11 points and eight rebounds aiding the Wildcats.

Mount Si shot just 34% from the floor as they drop to 1-2 in the tournament and will play for fifth place this afternoon in their division of the event. The Wildcats meet the Conquistadores of Cabrillo High School, from Lompoc, near Santa Barbara and the hometown of University of Washington football legend Napoleon Kaufman. Cabrillo is 10-3 this season and also fell in a game at the tournament yesterday. Tip time is 3:00 p.m. at Cathedral City High School, one of several gyms in the Palm Springs area being used for the tournament.

Also from college action:

Carroll-MT men fall in top-25 NAIA clash: The Carroll College men returned from the holiday break last night and fell in a battle of top-25 teams in the NAIA rankings.

Arizona Christian, ranked 25th overall, handed Carroll, ranked sixth, the 80-75 loss at a tournament in suburban Los Angeles to give the Saints just their second loss of the season. Senior Zach Taylor, he of Duvall and a 2013 Cedarcrest High School grad, was held to just eight points for Carroll, well off his season average, on just 3-7 from the floor.

Carroll is in action tonight against tournament host The Master’s College.

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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