Previewing and picking tonight’s Valley Cup girls’ hoops showdown…..

Well, the basketball season is underway for Valley high schools, and once again this winter, just like we do with football each fall, we will have a preview and pick for selected basketball games involving both Mount Si and Cedarcrest. We’ll be doing this every Friday for both the Wildcats and Red Wolves’ boys and girls, and also for both Mount Si-Cedarcrest games this season, the girls’ one tonight and the boys’ one December 22. So with that, here we go.


Both teams come into tonight’s matchup 1-0 on the season, with wins Tuesday to open the season. Mount Si beat Kentlake, while Cedarcrest headed north to Bellingham and left with a 30-point blowout victory over Squalicum.

The Wildcats could be a bit tired tonight – this will be their third game in four days (including the Wednesday night loss to the Australian club team in that exhibition game). Mount Si has gotten solid performances to start the season from a couple of players, junior Sally Nelson and sophomore Elizabeth Prewitt. Prewitt had a strong second-half effort in the Kentlake game and that transferred into Wednesday night’s game, where she finished with 14 points to lead Mount Si on the scoreboard. Nelson also had a solid showing in the Tuesday night win over Kentlake, with a dozen points in that one. Another player who has shown excellence to start the season has been senior Katie Swain, who has done a nice job rebounding; she narrowly missed double figures in that category Tuesday.

The Red Wolves look to be a strong force this season, if their win Tuesday night is any indication. If any of you saw the Everett Herald preview we linked for you here earlier this week, you know they are looking for CHS to perhaps challenge for the Cascade title, and for junior Susan Kenney to lead the way; the Herald suggested she maybe is the one player in that entire league who could score 40 points in a contest. She scored 13 points in the Squalicum win, but another player made bigger noise – Kalee Fowler, who scored 21. Having players other than Kenney doing damage could be important for a Red Wolves team which will need to stay healthy this season if they want to stay in the league title discussion. We are told they have no junior varsity team this year – and tonight’s game is a varsity-only contest by the way – so if key players get injured and can’t play, it will be incumbent on their reserves to get it done, since there’s no JV “plan B” to fall back on. And they have some good experience as well, as many of their top players from last season’s team are back this fall for coach Brad Knowles.

We think this could be a very interesting game to watch tonight, so if you’re looking for something to do in the Lower Valley, this might be worth a trip up to Duvall to go watch. We look for the Red Wolves to get it done.


Directions to CHS for Mount Si fans
A lot of you know how to get up there, but for those new to the Mount Si program who aren’t familiar with CHS, Cedarcrest High School is the high school which serves the Riverview School District, which is the school district covering the Lower Valley. It is located in Duvall, tucked in among all the new housing developments that have popped up over the past 10-20 years or so on the hills east of downtown. Here’s how to get there from Fall City (if you are coming from Snoqualmie or North Bend, you will need to travel down SR 202 to Fall City then follow the directions below):

Take SR 203 north from Fall City through Carnation to Duvall. As you go past the big roundabout at NE 124th St., then climb up the hill to head into Duvall, you’ll see a big strip mall on right with a Safeway then a stoplight. This stoplight is for Big Rock Road, turn right here and follow up the Big Rock Road. Stay on this road until you see a sign for 275th Ave. NE, and once there, turn left and follow up the hill. Go north on 275th through the housing developments until you reach a stop sign. This will be for NE 150th St., turn right here. Head east on NE 150th until you see the school, which will be on your left. There are two driveways into the school you will see; it will be the second one you will need to use to enter the campus. This driveway accesses the parking lot for the gym and stadium.

Enter through the main doors of the school and the first hallway to your right will be the entrance to the gym. The admission table will likely be there, and Cascade Conference ticket prices will be charged as opposed to Kingco prices. Total travel time will be about 45 minutes each direction for those of you from North Bend or Snoqualmie, less from Fall City.

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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