A successful Friday night on the high school hardwood for your Valley high school teams, as both Cedarcrest teams and the Mount Si girls pick up wins

Good Saturday morning. We’re working to get some stats from last night’s Mount Si High School girls’ basketball game for you. As some of you may know, their game, against Mercer Island, was shifted from Mount Si to Mercer Island late yesterday afternoon after an electrical problem developed with the scoreboard apparatus in the MSHS gymnasium. There was apparently a power outage of some kind Thursday night and when they got power back yesterday and tested things out, that’s presumably when the problem surfaced.

The change in venue did not matter though to Mount Si as they posted a nice 70-41 win last night over the Islanders but paid a steep price in the process. Sophomore post Gwen Aasland went down with what we are told by coach Jason Marr was a sprained ankle in the second quarter. She had to be helped off the floor and did not return, and is likely to at least miss the next few games, and perhaps as well the upcoming trip to Phoenix. This loss potentially could be problematic for Mount Si as Aasland backs up star post Sela Heide, so in situations where Heide is either getting a rest or is sitting due to foul trouble, the Wildcats interior defense could end up being a little more vulnerable as a result.

Mount Si is now 4-0 on the season and now moves into a very important week of games this coming week, the most important they’ve had as a program for sure in the Marr era and at least since the first couple of years of former coach Megan Botulinski’s tenure. They’re at Eastlake this coming Tuesday followed by a date with Issaquah next Saturday night. Both teams are Crest Division rivals within Kingco 4A, so two wins – or even a split of the two games – will be very beneficial to Mount Si’s postseason chances.

Cedarcrest girls and boys defeat former Cascade foe
Cedarcrest’s girls and boys took on former Cascade Conference rival Cedar Park Christian last night on the road at CPC’s campus in Bothell, and both teams posted wins.

The ladies held off the Eagles 43-34. Sidra Griffin scored 13 points to lead the Red Wolves, while Grace McKenzie added 11. “Games at CPC are never easy and tonight was no different,” said CHS coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. “We jumped out to a 10-point lead at halftime, even holding CPC scoreless in the second quarter, but they rallied back and got within three points in the third quarter. I thought our defense was pretty good, but our execution on offense is still not where it needs to be.”

McKenzie got the task of defending last season’s Cascade Conference MVP, Irena Korolenko and while Knowles praised the work of his sophomore player defensively, Korolenko scored 24 to lead all scorers for the Eagles. She had the lion share of Cedar Park’s points, too, as her teammates combined for the other 10 total.

In the boys’ game that followed the girls’ victory, Cedarcrest broke out to an early lead and took command in the third, outscoring Cedar Park 13-3 in that frame, posting a 50-37 win over the Eagles in the non-conference game. Chris Busch scored 15 for Cedarcrest in the victory while Brennan LeBlanc added nine.

Next up for both the Red Wolves boys and girls are the Arlington Eagles as the teams return to Wesco play. The girls are home this coming Tuesday and the boys are away at Arlington next Wednesday. Both games start at 7:15 p.m. and the boys’ game is being webstreamed by TCSN Sports. We’ll have a link to that for you here next week.

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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