The Tuesday hardwood wrap…..

Good Wednesday morning. We start with Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team and some history last night, as for the first time in perhaps years, maybe ever, the Wildcats finished a league schedule unbeaten.

Mount Si finished 13-0 in Kingco 4A play with a 60-43 triumph over North Creek last night up at North Creek High School in Bothell. Jabe Mullins had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wildcats, who also had 16 from Tyler Patterson. Brett Williams added 13 points, and Jonny Barrett was busy on defense, with four steals and earning the nickname “Mr. Hustle”.

The Wildcats will be home Friday night for the first round of the Kingco 4A playoffs, meeting Crown Division second-seeded Redmond in what will be the last-ever basketball game to be played in the current Mount Si gymnasium, which will begin to be demolished in March as the construction on the new school campus continues. Game time is 7:00 p.m. and MSHS graduates – including all former players – are invited to come out for one last game in the old barn. We’ll be there too and have full coverage for you here.

A win will send them to the Kingco 4A title game Saturday night in Bellevue.

Girls: Cedarcrest ‘D’ smothers Shorewood on Senior Night
Senior night can be a night where teams struggle because of the emotion and distractions surrounding the evening as senior players are recognized for their four years in a program. That was the case last night for Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ basketball squad, but their tough defense got the job done and helped the Red Wolves deliver a win for their two members of the class of 2019.

Ava Erhardt led all scorers with 12 points as Cedarcrest won 35-18 over the Thunderbirds, getting another win over a 3A league opponent in Wesco play that will help strengthen their Northwest District playoff RPI ranking, a ranking which has taken a hit with recent struggles. “It was senior night and the girls were emotional about our two seniors, Cassidy Sweney and Katelynn Smith. Sometimes that emotion is all it takes to throw the focus off when shooting and it happened tonight,” said coach Brad Knowles to the SVSJ by email, but he did note the defense did its thing, holding the visitors to single digits in each quarter. He adds the focus will be on improving the offense moving forward.

“Our defense is pretty good, but we need to improve our scoring quickly with districts just nine days away,” Knowles said.

Sweney and Smith were recognized for their four years in the CHS program last night prior to the game. Those two and their Red Wolve teammates face a tough Shorecrest team on Friday night, and if they can score an upset against the Scots, currently in second a game back of first-place teams Snohomish, Arlington and Archbishop Murphy in league play, that will definitely help solidify their playoff situation.

Wildcat girls limp into playoffs off another loss: As the team continues to await the return of injured star player Sela Heide, Mount Si’s girls fell again last night in their regular-season finale. The Wildcats could not recover from a slow start despite a game-high 17 points from Joelle Buck and fell 53-37 to the North Creek Jaguars at North Creek High School in Bothell. Caitlin Monten scored 14 to lead North Creek, who will host Mount Si in their Kingco Tournament semifinal playoff game Friday. NC, who finished as the Crown Division’s third seed, will play the Crest Division-fourth seed Wildcats at 7:00. The winner advances to the third-place game on Saturday while the loser will play for seventh as well on Saturday. Times are to be determined, with both games scheduled for Lake Washington High School in Kirkland.

Molly Wilbourne added eight for the Wildcats, who fell for the fifth straight time and finished the regular season 10-10. Heide, out with a concussion, has been out for the past couple of weeks and her return is uncertain.

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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