Cedarcrest HS’s girls hoopsters roll to league win, plus the rest of last night’s hardwood action – high school and college – plus some action from the diamond and a look at a new season for local club volleyball as we get started with the first weekend of 2019……

Good Saturday morning. Let’s start on the hardwood, shall we?

Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ basketball team made a stellar return to Wesco play last night, using a balanced scoring attack and tough defense to beat Oak Harbor.

Sidra Griffin and Kat Townley each had 13 points to lead the Red Wolves and Rose Carlson added 10 in the 59-19 home blowout of the Wildcats at CHS’ gym in Duvall. “Our team was ready to play tonight. Our defensive pressure, our effort on the boards, and especially our ball movement, really set the tone,” said Cedarcrest coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. “The girls are playing with more confidence too. It’s great to go into the second half of the season with them feeling that way.”

He also had praise in particular for Carlson. “Rose Carlson is really stepping her game up right now,” he told us. And that is a good thing as the Red Wolves continue to look for additional scoring to fill the void left by star Jaylin Yowell’s absence; she again missed last night’s game as she continues to work her way back from an early-season knee injury that was reaggravated over the winter break. The sophomore is out indefinitely.

Rust shows for Mount Si in loss: The Wildcats haven’t played in nearly two weeks since wrapping up their holiday tournament just before Christmas and the rust showed last night, as they struggled from the floor in a loss to Woodinville up north at WHS.

Mount Si was limited to just 21% shooting from the floor and had only one player have any significant scoring impact – Sela Heide, who led the way with 17 points for the Wildcats – as they fell 62-27 to the Falcons. Mount Si made a game of it midway through the first half, but were limited to just two second-quarter points and trailed 29-9 at half. After having a solid third quarter, the Wildcats again struggled down the stretch, again being limited to just two points in the final eight minutes.

Mia Hughes led all scorers with 19 points for Woodinville, who outrebounded Mount Si 35-23 and only turned the ball over 10 times all game, which proved to be critical as the Wildcats are a real solid team defensively. Morgan Lundquist paced the victors with 10.

Mount Si meets Skyline tonight at 7:00 at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.

Boys Basketball: Wildcats return to league play with win
Mount Si had a little easier time of it that expected last night, routing Woodinville 56-34 at Woodinville High School. Jabe Mullins had 22 points to lead the Wildcats, while Tyler Patterson added 12 and Brett Williams pitched in 11. The win was Mount Si’s 10th of the season and they remained undefeated in league at 6-0 with the victory.

The Wildcats are home on Tuesday meeting Bothell, who is viewed as another top Kingco title contender but has struggled a bit, currently 3-2 in league and 7-5 overall. 7:00 tip for that one with the Cougars in Snoqualmie.

Red Wolves miss opportunity to get RPI bonus: With 3A Oak Harbor trailing Cedarcrest in the Wesco 2A/3A standings, the Red Wolves had a good chance to get some RPI bonus points for the 2A playoff seeding last night with a win over the Wildcats. But a big night for Oak Harbor senior Dorian Hardin helped sink Cedarcrest’s chances last night up on Whidbey Island.

Hardin pumped in a game-high 28 as Oak Harbor rallied from a deficit in the second half to escape with a 66-62 victory over the Red Wolves. Chris Busch led Cedarcrest with 16 and was followed by Brennan LeBlanc’s 12 and Emmett Turner’s 10. The Red Wolves dropped to 2-2 in league, 6-3 overall and host Everett on Monday night followed by a game next Wednesday at Stanwood that will be webstreamed on TCSN Sports.

Also last night:

College women’s hoops
Prewitt with game-high 21 as UPS ladies win first game following holidays: It was a hard-fought, yet successful, result last night for the University of Puget Sound women’s hoopsters as they held off Pacific-OR 63-61 last night down in Forest Grove, OR in the first game for the Loggers following the winter break.

Senior Elizabeth Prewitt, from Snoqualmie, was a strong 10-17 from the floor and finished with a game-high 21 points to lead UPS in this one. The 2015 Mount Si HS grad also collected three rebounds as the Loggers moved to a strong 9-2 on the season, 2-1 in Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III play). UPS is at Linfield this afternoon for a 4:00 tip down in McMinnville, OR, which you can see live on NWC Digital, a link to which is at right in our news links.

Skagit unable to recover from slow start in road loss, despite strong game from CHS alum: Skagit Valley’s ladies trailed 19-8 after one quarter and could not recover, as they fell 68-52 to Grays Harbor down on the Washington Coast last night in Aberdeen. Duvall sophomore Mieke Van Ess led the Cardinals with 12 points, largely on the strength of a 10-18 effort from the free throw line. The 2017 Cedarcrest HS grad also added nine rebounds, one off making her night a double-double effort.

Skagit is now 6-7 and is home next Wednesday night to take on Everett in the divisional opener for both teams in the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Baseball
Auckland swept in doubleheader: Brisbane took two from the visiting Auckland Tuatara in Australian Baseball League action today, taking the opener 8-7 then rolling in the nightcap 12-4.

In the opener, Mount Si High School alums Max Brown and Jimmy Boyce both played for Auckland. Brown was 0-3 with a run scored, while Boyce got the start on the mound, pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing three runs, all earned, on three hits, walking three and striking out two. His primary mistake was allowing a fourth-inning homer by Brisbane slugger T.J. Bennett which drove in a pair of runs. Boyce received no decision.

Brown, who graduated from Mount Si in 2011, was 1-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored in the nightcap for the New Zealand-based Tuatara, who dropped to 10-22 with the two losses which wrapped up the five-game weekend series. Auckland is in Sydney, Australia to open a weekend series this coming Thursday against the host Sydney team.

Volleyball
2019 club season starts today: The 2019 USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region winter/spring girls’ club season starts today with preseason action for teams competing in the U17 and U18 age groups. This preseason tournament will determine rankings that will be used to seed teams for the first week of regular season action at the end of this month.

Several local players are expected to play today for various local clubs. Those include Mount Si High School players Breana Fitzgerald and Megan Underbrink, who will be competing for Bellevue-based Sudden Impact U17; fellow Wildcats Dana Dolan and Emily Dann, competing with Bellevue-based Northwest Juniors U17’s, and ex-Wildcat Annaliese “A.J.” Jensen and Cedarcrest’s Hannah Winston, with NWJ’s U18 unit.

Weather pending tomorrow, U15 and U16 preseason action will take place, with the featured athletes being Mount Si’s Bailey Showalter, with Sudden Impact’s U15’s, fellow Wildcat Lexi Niehaus, with NWJ’s U16 Gray crew, and Cedarcrest’s Ava Mundy, with Northwest’s U16 White squad. Carnation-based Valley View will also have a U16 team in tomorrow’s tournament.

We are still working to put together a full list of local athletes competing in the club schedule this winter and spring, and you can be of help to us. If your daughter is playing club volleyball this season in the PSR and you would like them featured in our coverage, send us a note at snovalleysports@gmail.com. We’ll need their name, which school they attend within the Snoqualmie Valley or Riverview School Districts (or private school if applicable), grade level and which team and age level they are playing for, along with your contact information incase we need to reach you further.

As for Snoqualmie-based Ridge Valley, their season will not start until next weekend, as the U13 and U14 local schedule doesn’t start until then. RVVB will be fielding just teams within the U12-U14 age levels this season. Coaches and parents in that organization are encouraged to email us information if they would like their teams featured in our coverage.

We will be featuring coverage once again this season of local club volleyball, which has been a staple here since our inception several years ago. Look for that coverage all season long here at the SVSJ!!

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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