Mount Si, Cedarcrest girls both dominated by visiting teams in losses, plus news from the college women’s hardwood on this Saturday

From the ladies’ hardwood on this Saturday, Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball team was expected to have its hands full with the visiting Woodinville Falcons last night at home in Snoqualmie. And it proved to be that way, as the Falcons used strong outside shooting and offensive rebounding to take command early, then they cruised from there to hand the Wildcats another loss.

Freshman Mia Hughes, the Falcons’ leading scorer coming into the game averaging almost 17 points a game, scored a game-high 20 for Woodinville as they broke out to a 23-8 lead after one to take the 66-35 result. As noted, the rebounding and outside shooting were big factors; the Falcons out-rebounded Mount Si 42-22 with a 15-6 edge on the offensive glass. Additionally, the visitors were 7-17 from beyond the arc, while the Wildcats were limited to just 4-25 from three-point range. Regan Schenck had a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards pacing Woody, who moved to 7-1 overall in the league with the win.

Izzy Smith led the Wildcats with eight points. Despite the slow start, Mount Si coach Jason Marr was somewhat pleased with how things went. “Looking at the game as a whole, kids competed, kids played hard,” he said.

And a lot of players saw action, with many of them contributing. Take Savana Samuelson for example. She came out and played solid, and finished with seven points. Samuelson was one of several so-called “swing” players who saw action in the contest for Mount Si; these players normally play for the junior varsity team, but are permitted to play limited varsity action during the course of the season. Samuelson understood things well. “I’ve played AAU, so I know the level (of play),” she said.

Freshman post player Gwen Aasland once again demonstrated her strong play that she has shown filling in for regular starter Sela Heide as the sophomore rested an injured left knee. Heide did return for her first action last night since before the break, and herself did all right, scoring five points, but having Aasland still playing at the top of her game will continue to provide Mount Si – and Heide – options moving forward with respect to how much playing time Heide will get as she continues her recovery from the injury. Aasland wants fans to continue to expect her best. “I think I’ll just keep it up and keep getting better and better,” she said. She finished with five rebounds, three assists and a team-leading four steals.

Mount Si will try to rebound tonight, taking on struggling North Creek at 6:30 at Mount Si High School.

Murphy throttles Red Wolves: Cedarcrest coach Brad Knowles summed it up well. “We knew that if we wanted to defeat Murphy we had to play well at both ends of the court and stop several of their key players from scoring. This is not an easy task against a team that is 12-0, ranked #1 in the state 2A and their average margin of win has been 36 points. Murphy is big, much quicker than you would think and they shoot the ball very well. We never got into an offensive rhythm and didn’t shoot the ball enough or well enough when we did,” he said by email to the SVSJ. And the end result was a 59-41 CHS loss to the top team in the Cascade Conference. Haley Hill led Cedarcrest with 11 points. The Red Wolves meet Granite Falls up north at GFHS this coming Tuesday.

Prewitt double-double not enough for Logger ladies in loss: Snoqualmie’s Elizabeth Prewitt had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, one of two double-doubles recorded by Logger players in the contest, but it proved to not be enough for the UPS women, as Puget Sound fell 88-78 in NWC women’s basketball action last night to the host Pacific University Boxers down in Forest Grove, OR. Prewitt, a junior and 2015 MSHS alum, was just 4-17 from the floor, and also had two assists and a steal.

UPS, who dropped to 1-4 in conference play and 6-8 overall, finishes their second weekend swing to Oregon in as many weekends tonight with a trip to Linfield down in McMinnville. The game tips at 4:00 and is live on NWC Digital, available at right in our news links or on set-top devices such as the Roku, AppleTV and AmazonFire.

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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