Well, Mother Nature’s not here yet with round two of Snowmageddon, so we have some girls playoff hoops previews and picks for you, ‘Cat and ‘Wolve style

All right. It’s Thursday, and we have a lot to discuss this morning. The district tournaments start tonight for both the Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School girls basketball teams with first-round loser-out games. The good news is these games are getting in. The bad news is, if either or both move on, with the weather that’s forecast to roll in tomorrow, we do not know when they’ll play again. Both teams are scheduled for Saturday games if they advance tonight, but if the snow comes in as forecast, there’s a real good chance those games get scrubbed, but so will boys’ action and perhaps a lot of other things, too. A lot of high school athletic directors, coaches, and others associated with high school sports have been stocking up on their favorite heartburn medicine the last couple of days on top of the snow removal and other winter gear as they await the forecast and what Mother Nature will do. So with that all said, let’s do some previews and picks for these two 7:00 p.m. starts, and just tell you that we don’t know when we’ll do this again.

Northwest 2A District 1st Round: Cedarcrest Red Wolves vs. Mountlake Terrace Hawks, Cedarcrest HS – These two teams met January 24 at Mountlake Terrace on the Hawks’ senior night, and CHS crashed the Mountlake party, beating them by 20. Rose Carlson led Cedarcrest that night with 11 points and Cassidy Sweney pitched in 10. Look for the sophomore and senior respectively to once again lead the way, but something to watch for both teams will be rust. Both teams have seen little to no practice time this week in light of the snow-related school closures, so that could be a factor early in this one. Whichever team comes out with momentum out of the gate first will be in the best position to win.

We like Cedarcrest here because of their strong defense; they limited Mountlake to nine first-quarter points last time out and that defense helped get things done at the end. Senior guard Trinity Prout and post Ishika Nayyar lead the Hawks. Again, as noted, we take Cedarcrest to move on, but when they next will play is anyone’s guess what with this weekend’s storm afoot. They’ll be headed north to Lynden for a tough one with the second-seed Lions, and it’s scheduled for Saturday afternoon. But the weather forecast for Lynden seems more fit to outfit Sweney, Carlson, Kat Townley, Sidra Griffin and the rest of the Red Wolves with skates, sticks, sweaters and shoulder pads and have them play some outdoor ice hockey as opposed to indoor shoes, jerseys and shorts more suited for hoops. So we’ll see when they get it in. Cedarcrest 50, Mountlake Terrace 35

Wes-King 4A Bi-District 1st Round: Mount Si Wildcats at Inglemoor Vikings, Inglemoor HS, Kenmore – The Wildcats reward for getting post players Sela Heide and Lauren Glazier back in time last Saturday was getting their first district tournament berth since 2011 with a Kingco playoff win over Redmond. Well, that reward earned them a berth with an Inglemoor team that handily beat the Wildcats January 12, the night after Heide got knocked out in the game with Eastlake with her concussion. The Vikings won that last game 59-30, but with Heide in particular back tonight, we expect this to be a different result. How much different, though?

The Vikings’ defense held Mount Si in that game last month to just 18% shooting, and Glazier had just four points. We look for Glazier to bump her numbers up, but also for Joelle Buck to do it again. Buck has averaged 13 points a game over her last five, and had 17 in the win over Redmond this past Saturday. The junior led Mount Si with nine points against the Vikings and with Heide back, expect Buck to be able to do some things tonight. Her play as of late has been important, but for a player who hasn’t been accustomed to the type of role she is having to play on this offense, it perhaps has been a big adjustment for her. But with the strong play she’s been showing of late, perhaps she’s turned the corner and can become a key asset moving into her senior year next year.

Jenna Troy scored a game-high 19 to lead the Vikings in their win over Mount Si, and they were decent from the floor, hitting 38% of their shots. Mount Si’s defense will need to work to bring that percentage down a bit, and also watch the three-point line a little bit more – Inglemoor attempted 16 shots from the perimeter last time out, hitting six, so the key will be forcing them inside to have to deal with Heide and her committee of posts, including Glazier, Gwen Aasland and Abbi Triou. Aasland has played solid this season, averaging four points and seven boards a game, and we even think Triou is probably game to give you a few minutes per quarter of solid play if need be tonight. She was limited in her action against Redmond, but part of forcing the play inside will likely require the senior to make a difference, and we trust she will.

Troy is leading the Vikings averaging 16 points a game. Junior Lucy Young also will need to be watched closely by Mount Si defenders; she is averaging 11 a game but was held to just half-a-dozen by the Wildcats last time out. If Mount Si’s scrappy ‘D’ shuts down Troy, Young’s going to have to step up and could do just that.

Mount Si’s 11-11 this season, their best record since 2010-11. They have their most wins in a season since that time, too, and those accomplishments are tremendous in their own right. But everyone associated with this program – including us – knows this season could have been so much better if it weren’t for all these damn injuries various players suffered and the six-game losing streak down the stretch after the team lost Heide to her concussion. On top of that injury, they had two other top juniors – Nitika Kumar and Izzy Smith – both suffer season-ending knee injuries and two others, Glazier and junior Carly Britton, also deal with concussions.

And that doesn’t include the bumps and bruises suffered this season by other players, including Aasland, who is coming back off missing the Redmond game dealing with ankle issues. But that’s basketball, sometimes, and what Mount Si needs to focus on as it moves into the offseason, which we expect will be the case after tonight, is getting everyone healed and back in time for a strong offseason schedule that can set them up well for a tremendous inaugural season next season in the new MSHS gymnasium. Inglemoor 60, Mount Si 47

Last: 2-0 (Mount Si boys and girls both win, both correctly picked)
Season: 15-8

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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