Special edition of the previews and picks, with this being a basketball night in the Valley, 1-28

With the snow and ice resulting in canceled games last week, today some of those games are being made up. So with that, it’s a special edition of our previews and picks, again featuring Cedarcrest at the top of the heap. They meet Archbishop Murphy, while Mount Si hosts Interlake tonight.

Cedarcrest girls @ Archbishop Murphy, today, 1:00 p.m., Archbishop Murphy HS, Mill Creek – The last time these two teams at the top of the standings within the Cascade Conference met, it was Archbishop Murphy who showed who was best, winning by 20 in a game back in December on CHS’ home floor. Now, it’s the Red Wolves’ turn to be on the road, and they are doing very well, without question, despite a loss last night to Granite Falls. Sarah Stauffer and Susan Kenney will be the players to watch today for CHS, but another factor today for both sides will be fatigue from playing an afternoon game after a night game last night. Whoever responds best to that will, we think, grab the ‘W’ and start to help shape the postseason discussion within the league. Pick: ATM 65, Cedarcrest 55

Cedarcrest boys vs. Archbishop Murphy, today, 2:30 p.m., Cedarcrest HS, Duvall – ATM won the first meeting of the season between these teams, but it’s the Red Wolves who currently hold the edge in the standings, making this a big game for both sides. Watch Zach Taylor for the Red Wolves in this one, as CHS looks to assert its postseason position today. As noted with the girls, it is a day game after a night game, so fatigue could be a key factor for both sides, maybe moreso for CHS depending on the outcome of last night’s game with Granite Falls. Pick: Cedarcrest 70, ATM 67

Mount Si girls vs. Interlake, tonight, 6:30 p.m., Mount Si HS, Snoqualmie – The Wildcats beat the Saints in the two teams’ first meeting of the season back in December, but this Wildcat team has struggled as of late, winning only once out of their last four. Interlake is a tough, scrappy, defensive team, and are well-coached, with veteran – and friend of this blog – Scott Marcum manning the bench for the Saints this season. Post play will be a factor tonight, so players such as Jordan Riley and Shelby Peerboom will need to step up for the Wildcats if they have a chance of success, which they will need a lot of down the stretch if they want a chance at a deep postseason run. This is the third game in four days for the Wildcats, so fatigue could be a factor here. Cassidy McDermott (8.7 ppg) leads Saints. Pick: Mount Si 55, Interlake 45

Mount Si boys vs. Interlake, tonight, 8:00 p.m.*, Mount Si HS, Snoqualmie (*game will start 15-20 minutes after conclusion of girls’ game) – Mount Si beat Interlake in come-from-behind fashion in overtime thriller back in December, so Wildcats will look for season sweep against Saints team who is among teams in lower end of Kingco standings. Wildcats fell last night to Sammamish, so they need win tonight to maintain playoff chances. Miles Zupan and Levi Botten lead Mount Si up against Saints team which looks to play spoiler tonight, and could if Wildcats don’t respond well coming off last night’s game against Sammamish. Pick: Mount Si 60, Interlake 56

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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