Wildcat hardwood squads split with Inglemoor, plus MSHS grad leads UPS ladies’ hoopsters to road win…..

Good Saturday morning. Hardwood news to start this weekend.

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team is waking up this morning in the driver’s seat for the final Kingco 4A postseason spot, after hanging on for a big road win last night. And it came despite struggles from two of Mount Si’s top players.

Senior Gavin Gorrell was limited yet again last night, scoring just four points on 2-6 from the floor, but freshman star Jabe Mullins struggled even more, going just 1-11 and finishing with four points as well. With their struggles, that meant others needed to step up, and senior post Taylor Upton did, scoring a game-high 15 and helping the Wildcats fight off Inglemoor 54-50 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. The win, with losses by Newport and Eastlake, moved Mount Si out of a three-way for that last berth with the Knights and Wolves and into that sixth-place spot by themselves, one game up on the other two teams at 4-8 in league, 6-12 overall.

Tyler Patterson added 11 points to pace the Wildcats, while L.J. Linton had a solid night as well, with seven points and 11 rebounds. Inglemoor was led by 12 points from senior Jack Weyer and fellow senior Jaxon Peay added 11. A third senior, Ryan Hamilton, who came into last night’s game tied with Peay for the team scoring lead, was held to just seven points by Mount Si’s defense.

The Wildcats outshot the Vikings 38%-37% from the floor, but the rebounding proved to be key. Mount Si outrebounded Inglemoor on the glass 36-24, with a 15-6 advantage on the offensive side of things, and that also helped the Wildcats significantly.

While Mount Si may be in the driver’s seat at the moment for the final playoff spot, by no means are they assured that slot. The Wildcats have two more games next week, both at home – next Tuesday against Skyline (7:15 p.m. tip) and next Friday against Woodinville (8:00 p.m. approximate tip) – and both Newport and Eastlake also have two games left each. The easiest way for Mount Si, of course, is to win out, but they’ve fallen to both Skyline and Woodinville once already earlier this season, so the challenge will be a tough one.

This next week will need to see the Wildcats playing as if everything is on the line for them to have success, otherwise, they could miss the postseason dance.

No Luckett, no problem for Inglemoor girls as they beat Mount Si: Inglemoor’s girls’ basketball squad was missing its top player last night, senior Amanda Luckett, but it didn’t matter as the Vikings held off the Wildcat ladies.

Sophomore Jenna Troy scored 18 points to lead the black and gold to a 57-45 win which helped their playoff cause but pretty much knocked out Mount Si from the postseason chase. The Wildcats dropped their eighth straight game and are now 1-11 in league and 4-14 overall.

Nicole Rauch and Hannah Shimek both added 12 points each pacing the Vikings. No stats were available for Mount Si.

College: Prewitt back in form, leads UPS ladies to road win
Valleyite Elizabeth Prewitt’s game-high 20 points aided the University of Puget Sound women’s basketball team to a nice 83-76 road win over George Fox down in Newberg, OR, last night, a win that keeps the Loggers unbeaten in Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) play at 9-0 on the season.

Prewitt, a sophomore from Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si High School grad, was 7-16 from the floor with two three pointers, and added four rebounds, three assists and a steal along with a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line as UPS moved to 17-1 overall on the season.

Puget Sound concludes its weekend jaunt to the Willamette Valley this afternoon with a game at Linfield, which you can see live at 4:00 p.m. on NWC Digital, which is at right in our newslinks. A pregame show will begin 20 minutes prior to tipoff at 3:40 p.m.

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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