Previewing and picking the biggie tonight in Mount Vernon, as Red Wolves ladies’ hoopsters have one last chance to make history once again

One more chance for Cedarcrest High School’s girls to make state tonight, so here’s a look and our thoughts, plus a special message to the team.

CASCADE 2A CONFERENCE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
NORTHWEST 2A DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
WINNER-TO-STATE, LOSER OUT
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. LIBERTY PATRIOTS
MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL, TIP 7:30 P.M.

After their struggles on Monday night in their winner-to-state semifinal, the Red Wolves get one more shot to make state tonight, but it is their last chance. Lose tonight and the season will be over.

Cedarcrest and Liberty met on opening night last November, with the Red Wolves holding off the Patriots 63-61 at Liberty High School in Renton. Leading the Red Wolves that night was senior Elaine Townley, who scored a season-high 17 points. This week’s Athlete of the Week has been a strong defensive presence all season for Cedarcrest, so she will be busy guarding the two top stars from Liberty, who we will mention in a moment. Senior Madi Weir also will be busy working her defensive magic against the Patriots; she scored eight points to lead CHS in their loss to Burlington-Edison Monday and had 10 against LHS on opening night.

The Patriots have two main weapons, both of whom were significant on that opening night against the Red Wolves last November. Senior Sydney Argosino scored a game-high 28 in that contest and has parlayed that into a strong season, where she is leading the team in scoring, averaging 19 points a contest for the blue, green, and silver, 13-10 on the season and coming in off a loss to Archbishop Murphy in their semifinal game Monday. Freshman Devynn Warns has established herself as one of the top freshmen on the Eastside this season; she scored 21 against CHS on opening night and has translated that into a 16 point-per-game average on the season.

In that opening night battle, Cedarcrest out-rebounded Liberty 36-31, with an 11-10 turnover advantage (the lower number being the better one). After 26 turnovers Monday, the Red Wolves will look to get back on track in their ball handling.

In listening to the excellent KBRC radio broadcast of the game Monday, the mention was made about the CHS turnovers during the halftime report, and the first thing we thought was “the kids were nervous.” And perhaps they were, we don’t know, but suffice it to say, not having been to state in five years, and hadn’t been in a winner-to-state position in two years, there is certainly something to be said for nerves having been a huge factor. And they faced these guys last year and fell by one point in a loser-out game at Skagit Valley College.

So we ask all of the players this simple question. When the Red Wolves girls went to state in 2013 for their historic first trip there to Yakima and the 2A tournament, an impromptu parade was held as the team was whisked through both Duvall and Carnation with the help of a police escort, a sight which drew residents from both communities out to cheer the team on as they traveled past. So our question to all of you is, were you there and if yes, did you start to say to yourself, “I hope to be able to do this someday, this is kind of cool.” And there’s a couple of people on this Red Wolves roster who should know this story real well – Townley, whose older sister LuAnn was part of the team as a player, and LuAnn’s then-teammate Susan Kenney, who is an assistant coach now for this CHS team. Perhaps those two can really hammer this point home tonight to the rest of the team.

Tonight is your last chance, ladies, for this year, and for the seniors including Elaine Townley and Weir for good as high schoolers, to realize the dreams that you may have formed from seeing that and experiencing that if you happened to be a part of that parade audience with your moms, dads, siblings and friends that day as youngsters in 2013. Your Valley will be cheering you on tonight from near and far. So bring it home, and get it done. This will be a close one, we expect, but if the girls answer yes to the two above questions and then play like it means something, which we expect to be the case after such an off night Monday, we’ll be talking regionals in this segment at some point this weekend perhaps.

CEDARCREST 65, LIBERTY 64

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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