On the hardwood last night, Red Wolve seniors send CHS into postseason on strong note, while MSHS’ boys forced to take playoff detour after loss

On the hardwood last night, it was a memorable Senior Night for Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ basketball team, as the Red Wolves recognized their Class of 2018, then proceeded, with their help, to close out the regular season in strong fashion.

The senior group of Elaine Townley, Madi Weir, Haley Hill, Sydney Turner and Maya Catherman all started last night’s game for CHS against Sultan at home in Duvall, and were handed the keys to the car. And everyone just sat back and watched as the Red Wolves’ Class of 2018 cruised to a 24-5 lead after one frame over the Turks, and from there it was all Cedarcrest as they rolled to a 65-21 win that likely cemented a first-round Northwest District playoff bye. There are a number of other games, mostly in the Northwest Conference, that could still impact the Red Wolves, but based on where they stood coming out of Monday’s most recent RPI ranking run, CHS should be in good shape for one of the top four playoff seeds, meaning that first-round bye.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time, too, as the team last night missed freshman star Jaylin Yowell, out with the flu, according to coach Brad Knowles. With that particular bug being quite nasty this year, we send our best wishes to Yowell for a quick recovery, but with no games likely until next weekend, she’ll have plenty of time to rest and recoup from what has been a long and successful season.

Same goes for the rest of the group, who was led by Weir’s 18 points. Knowles offered praise for his seniors. “I can’t say enough about our five seniors….I’ve had the honor of coaching these amazing kids for four years, they have accomplished so much, I’m so proud of them on the court and off the court….truly outstanding young women,” he said by email to the SVSJ.

Good stuff for sure, and now it’s time to do some scoreboard watching and some computer RPI crunching to determine the Red Wolves’ playoff road, which should be a long one based on how this season has gone thus far. They finished the regular season at 16-4 overall.

Mount Si boys’ bye chances end with loss: Mount Si High School’s boys also were in the hunt for a playoff bye, but that hunt ended last night with a loss to Skyline.

Despite good efforts from their “big three” of Jabe Mullins, Tyler Patterson and Bijon Sidhu, the Spartans were able to pull away late from what had been a very close game throughout and hand Mount Si the 57-49 loss. Skyline, with the win, all but locked up the second seed, with Mount Si now having to fight for home playoff advantage in the first round, just a half-game ahead of Newport in fourth place overall at 9-6 in league, 10-9 overall. They play Issaquah Friday, and the Eagles are just half-game ahead at 9-5 in league play, so a win here for Mount Si should lock up one of those two first-round home playoff berths.

Jack Westover led Mount Si with 14 points, with Mullins adding 13 and Sidhu 11. Patterson was 3-4 from the floor and finished with eight points.

The Wildcats and Eagles meet for Mount Si’s senior night in Snoqualmie at 8:10 Friday night.

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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