Wildcat hoops wins pair for Ryan, plus a CHS split as we wrap up last night’s Valley high school hardwood action

Mount Si High School’s basketball program last night hosted Eastlake in a girls’ and boys’ doubleheader, and as expected, the place was packed and quite emotional as the Valley community turned out to support MSHS freshman student Ryan Gerlitz, who is battling cancer. The gym was decked out with people wearing “Ryan Strong” T-shirts, and both Mount Si teams wore them in the warm-ups. The energy from the game perhaps helped the teams themselves, too, as both recorded wins.

We start with the girls and the Wildcat girls pulled off their signature win of the season, beating previously unbeaten in league Eastlake 58-52.

Jenae Ussleman scored 17 points and Joelle Buck had 15, with both players finishing one rebound short of double-doubles at nine rebounds each, as Mount Si pulled away late for a 58-52 win over the Wolves which will really help Mount Si’s postseason push. Sela Heide added 10 as the Wildcats used strong defense to get the win – they forced 21 Eastlake turnovers, stealing the ball 15 times in the contest, and also had 48 rebounds. They also limited the Wolves’ top player, Keeli Burton, to 10 points. Haley Huard led Eastlake with 15.

Lauren Glazier pitched in eight points as she had another solid performance off her 14-point effort in the win Wednesday over Bothell.

To the boys, and Mount Si was missing starter Jonny Barrett, who will also not play tonight – he is on a so-called “official visit” to Dartmouth University this weekend, one of the Ivy League schools that has offered him a football scholarship. No matter, though, as the big three led the way for the Wildcats as they remained unbeaten.

Tyler Patterson scored 23 to lead Mount Si to the tight 59-55 win that extended Mount Si to 8-0 in league play this season and 12-2 overall. Jabe Mullins added 15 while Bennett O’Connor had a season-high 10 points for the Wildcats, and Brett Williams added eight.

Mount Si’s boys and girls host Inglemoor tonight for 6:30 (girls) and 8:10 (boys) tips. The girls’ matchup has the Wildcats (5-3 league, 10-5 overall after last night) battling an Inglemoor team that is a strong second in the Crown at 6-2 league, 13-2 overall. And that is a great appetizer to what will be a scintillating main course on the boys side, as the two division leaders in Kingco square off in what could be the Kingco 4A boys’ title preview. Inglemoor is leading the Crown at 7-1 in league, 13-1 overall, and is perhaps enjoying their best season on the boys’ side in many years. So again, two more great games to get out and support the kids tonight.

Cedarcrest teams split: Cedarcrest High School’s boys and girls were on opposite ends of blowouts last night against Marysville-Pilchuck. The boys fell at home in Duvall to the unbeaten Tomahawks 73-36, with stats from that game not available, while the girls overcame injuries and fatigue to rout M-P in their gym 55-16. “It has been a tough, long week and when you play three games in four days it’s hard to get the engine running on day four,” said Cedarcrest girls’ coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ.

Even with that, they led 23-13 at halftime, then the Red Wolves turned it on in the second half, holding the Tomahawks to just three total points over the final 16 minutes of play. Everyone who played scored for Cedarcrest, led by Sidra Griffin, Ava Erhardt and Helena Van Ess all with 10 points and Kat Townley adding nine. Griffin battled through injuries for her 10 points last night – she, according to Knowles, is dealing with a hamstring while other players are also dealing with various injuries. “We’re going to heal up for a few days and be ready to take on the last third of the season at 100%,” Knowles told us. “We have some tough games coming up.” Next week is a big week for CHS, as they face Meadowdale and Archbishop Murphy.

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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