Cedarcrest boys hoops beats Everett, enhancing strong Northwest RPI ranking….but Red Wolves girls also rank strong in district RPI

Good Tuesday morning. We have some news from the hardwood this morning and Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball squad started out a busy week last night scoring a big home win over Everett.

With the team missing key senior presence Emmett Turner, who was hurt during last Friday’s Red Wolves loss at Oak Harbor, the Red Wolves rebounded from a slow start to grab the 63-51 win over the Seagulls backed by a 19-point effort from Turner’s fellow senior teammate Chris Busch. “Emmett is an energy guy for us, so with him out we needed some guys to step up,” said coach Joe Ayers by email to the SVSJ. “And they did, our team defense was solid all the way around in the second half.  One of our keys to the game was to turn defense into offense.  And our defense led to a lot of high percentage shots.”

Brennan LeBlanc added 12 points and five rebounds to the winning effort for Cedarcrest. For Everett, Andrew Olson led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points, while Jayden White added 12 and Jeremy Reed pitched in 10. The win pushed CHS into a tie for third in league at 3-2 in Wesco. They are 8-3 overall and in the first Northwest District RPI rankings released yesterday, CHS is ranked sixth, which if that were to hold the rest of the way gets them a home first round playoff game against the 11th seed, currently Blaine. The ranking however did not reflect last night’s win so there is a good chance the Red Wolves’ ranking may improve as a result of the victory.

Turner injured his ribs in the loss to Oak Harbor and according to Ayers is out indefinitely. No matter, though, the coach says the team has to focus on the task at hand. “We know we have a tough week this week with three games and some strong teams.  It was nice to start the week with a win, but we have to turn our focus onto to a tough Stanwood team.  They are traditionally a strong competitor and really play well at home.  It’s a game we know we can get,” Ayers told us. Game is tomorrow night up at Stanwood High School, at 7:00 p.m., and will be webstreamed through TCSN, a link to which we’ll try to provide you here later today or tomorrow.

Stanwood likewise is 3-2 in league so this turns into a key game for CHS if it wants to maintain their home-court playoff seeding advantage.

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Red Wolve girls with great news from RPI: The first release of the Northwest RPI standings on the girls’ side is even better news for Cedarcrest’s girls. The Red Wolves are ranked fourth, which if that holds, earns them a first round bye and a second-round home game in the district playoffs. There’s still a lot of basketball to be played though, and there is the issue of star Jaylin Yowell being out due to that knee injury she suffered earlier this season and how the Cedarcrest team will continue to deal with that moving forward, but a high seeding such as this early on gives the Red Wolves some cushion to work with knowing that every league win moving forward will at minimum ensure a home game either in the first or second rounds of the district playoffs.

CHS’s ladies are at Everett tonight at 7:00 and the Seagulls currently are 1-4 in league and behind the Red Wolves in the Wesco standings, so like last Friday’s game with Oak Harbor, won handily by Cedarcrest, this presents another opportunity for the Red Wolves ladies to get that bonus RPI consideration against a beatable 3A league opponent. A much tougher test awaits on Thursday when they meet Stanwood, but they’ll face Marysville-Pilchuck Friday and they, too, are trailing in the standings and like Oak Harbor are winless in league, so once again another chance for that 3A league win to get bonus in the RPI.

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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