Red Wolve hoops opens season strong, with both the boys and girls getting nice wins to start 2018-19 campaign

Good Thursday morning. We have some news from the hardwood as Cedarcrest High School’s boys and girls’ basketball teams both opened their seasons last night with wins.

The Joe Ayers era for the Red Wolve boys started out strong at home in Duvall against Anacortes. Spurred by three players in double figures scoring-wise, Cedarcrest handled affairs well against the Northwest Conference’s Seahawks, taking it 68-44 in Ayers’ debut as CHS head coach. Chris Busch led the way for the Red Wolves, scoring 19 points on a strong 8-11 from the floor, including one three-pointer. Emmett Turner paced things for CHS with 15 points on an even better 5-7 from the floor and 5-6 from the free throw line. Nicolo Cammarano added 10 for the Red Wolves, who hit the road tomorrow to meet Sehome up in Bellingham.

As for Anacortes, no players scored in double figures; they were led by Duane Jedlinski’s nine points.

Meanwhile, the Cedarcrest girls made the short hop over Novelty Hill Road to Redmond, then dropped down into northeast Bellevue for their opener last night with the Kingco’s Interlake Saints. The Red Wolves had to fight hard early on against the home side, but got a key three-pointer in the fourth quarter from Cassidy Sweney, sparking a late push that sealed a 65-51 win over Interlake. Jaylin Yowell led CHS with 18 points and Helena Van Ess added 16 including a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.

“It’s always nice to start off the season with a win and this one wasn’t easy,” noted Red Wolves coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. He told us there’s things they’ll be addressing out of this game. “We shot poorly from the line and we could have rebounded better,” he told us. “Definitely things to work on going forward.”

Cedarcrest opens their home schedule tomorrow against Snohomish. Mount Si will open their season as well tomorrow, with both the boys (in Spokane against Ferris) and the girls (against Interlake in Bellevue) being away. With all four teams in action, we’ll be starting up another season of hoops previews and picks for you tomorrow, so look for that here in the morning. We’ll feature this segment occasionally throughout the season when both the boys and girls from Mount Si and Cedarcrest are in action on Friday nights.

Good stuff and we look forward to a great season ahead.

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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