Cedarcrest girls advance in district hoop playoffs, but Red Wolve boys, Mount Si girls see seasons end with first-round losses

Good Friday morning.

Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ basketball team advanced in the Northwest 2A District playoffs last night, scoring a home win over Mountlake Terrace in the loser-out first-round.

The Red Wolves recovered from an early slow start and rolled to the 58-32 victory. The rally from down 5-0 was all about adjustments, according to coach Brad Knowles. “We switched from zone press (defense) to man press and went on a 39-10 run to finish the first half up 39-15,” Knowles told the SVSJ by email, and that, combined with a stellar first-half performance for sophomore Ava Erhardt, took care of business. “Ava Erhardt had one of the biggest first halves I’ve ever witnessed at Cedarcrest,” Knowles told us, and it was to the tune of 20 points in the half, which turned out to be a game-high in scoring for either team. Sidra Griffin and Rose Carlson both added 10 points and a number of assists each to the effort, underscoring the “team” aspect of the Red Wolves this season.

Things went so good that JV callup Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson came into play as well and scored her first points as a varsity player. “Mad Dog” was tremendous as you all know on the soccer pitch as a freshman this past fall, and she now will look to replicate that success on the hardwood as the playoffs continue.

Cedarcrest is scheduled to meet Lynden, the district second seed, tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 up at Lynden High School, but with the weather forecast being what it is, there’s a good chance the game will be rescheduled to early next week. Regardless, the matchup is expected to be a very tough one, so CHS will need to be prepared for anything.

Mount Si season ends: The Wildcats got 24 points from Sela Heide, but Ingelmoor proved to be too much, knocking Mount Si’s girls out of the postseason with a 66-47 loss in the first round of the Wes-King 4A Bi-District tournament last night at Inglemoor High School.

Joelle Buck scored 11 for Mount Si, who finished 11-12, their best record – and first 10-win season – since 2010-11, the last time they went to a district tournament. Heide also had eight boards and Gwen Aasland added nine rebounds as the Wildcats ended a season that for much of it had a lot of promise, but numerous key injuries, including to Heide, Aasland, Nitika Kumar, Lauren Glazier and Izzy Smith, derailed this 2018-19 campaign for Mount Si.

The Wildcats now will work to get everyone healthy and ready for their offseason schedule, which will start later this spring. Kumar and Smith will be working their way back from knee injuries, Aasland will be recovering from an ankle injury and Heide, Glazier and Carly Britton all are working back from recent concussions.

Boys Basketball
Cedarcrest season ends: In a game that was supposed to be played tonight, but due to the weather was moved up to last night, Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball team, seeded ninth in the Northwest 2A playoffs, headed up to Bellingham to meet the eighth-seeded Red Raiders. Senior Chris Busch was back on the floor last night after being out for an extended period with injuries, and while his efforts were very much notable, it proved not to be enough as the Red Wolves fell and were eliminated from the tournament.

Cedarcrest lost 74-57 and saw their season end at 8-12 on the year, having lost eight straight to close the season, many of them without Busch and other top players such as Brennan LeBlanc and Emmett Turner, all of whom were dealing with various injuries. Stats for last night’s game are not available.

Busch’s high school career closes on a strong note, and he was recently recognized by the Snohomish County Basketball Officials Association, the association representing Wesco basketball referees, for his sportsmanship during a recent game. He will be attending WSU in the fall and will be majoring in economics, but not playing basketball over there.

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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