A special edition of our hardwood previews and picks as we wind down the regular season – MSHS @ Interlake, Cedarcrest vs. King’s

This morning we have our normal Friday staple, the hardwood previews and picks, for you in a special edition of those as all four teams (Mount Si and Cedarcrest’s boys and girls) are in action. This will be the last regular season edition of those, then we will start up our playoff edition on Saturday with the Kingco Tournament first round games for the Wildcats, should either – or both – team (s) be playing.

With that, let’s get started.

GIRLS
Mount Si @ Interlake, Interlake HS, Bellevue, 5:45 p.m. – The last time these two teams met, December 19, Mount Si recorded the win at Mount Si High School, 61-47. Since then, both teams have struggled, with the Wildcats at 6-12 overall (3-9 league) and Interlake at 5-13 (0-12 league).

As we noted yesterday in our Athlete of the Week selections, Wildcat senior Katy Lindor has been on a bit of a surge as of late, with double-figure scoring in three out of the past four games, including both games last week (17 points, 8 rebounds vs. MI last Wednesday, and 16 points, 8 boards against Sammamish last Friday). Lindor now leads the team in scoring with 9.5 points per game, and she will need to keep that effort going for the team to be in business tonight.

When Interlake came to Mount Si, it came just after two of their top senior leaders, Margo Parker and Cassidy McDermott, both were lost for the season, and it has been a bit of a struggle offensively since then for the Saints, who have only won twice, both nonleague games over the holidays.

A win tonight will lock up the #5 seed to the league tournament for the Wildcats. Look for that to take place. Mount Si 55, Interlake 40

King’s @ Cedarcrest, Cedarcrest HS, Duvall, 7:00 – This is a big game for CHS, as a win will help them maintain a share of first place in the conference with Archbishop Murphy. But, it’s against a King’s squad which is 9-3 in the league and themselves looking for a deep playoff run. Both teams come off wins last Friday – CHS over Granite Falls and King’s over Lakewood – so both teams will be ready. Look for this one to be a close one, like the previous meeting, won by Cedarcrest on King’s home floor January 5. Cedarcrest 47, King’s 43

Zach Taylor leads Cedarcrest’s boys basketball team tonight into their game against King’s. Taylor is primed to reach two career milestones before the end of the regular season – 1,500 points and 650 rebounds. (Courtesy photo)

BOYS
Cedarcrest @ King’s, King’s Schools, Seattle, 7:00 – The Zach Taylor watch is on up north at Cedarcrest High School. We’ll have more on Taylor later this week, as he approaches his senior night game Friday with the Red Wolves, but coach Mark Prince sent along some numbers of interest. For starters, Taylor is just 37 points away from 1,500 in his high school career – and unless he has a huge night tonight, the four-year starter is expected to reach that milestone Friday on senior night against Lakewood.

In addition, he is just 14 rebounds from 650 in his career, and could also set that mark Friday unless he has a big night in the paint this evening.

We’ll have more from Prince as well later in the week, but he sent along a comment which really drives home the true impact of Taylor on this CHS boys’ hoops side. “I have had the pleasure of coaching Zach for the past two years. When I first took over the head coaching position at Cedarcrest two years ago, I can’t count on one hand how many people came up to me and talked to me about how special a basketball player Zach was. Looking back all of those people were correct,” Prince wrote.” But, as I started to observe more, it wasn’t the physical tools or his basketball I.Q. that impressed me, it was and still is his humbleness and unselfishness in regards to the team and his teammates.”

And Taylor has shown both of those last two traits quite well this season, as he and junior teammate Jordan Corpus have worked together to form the best one-two offensive punch in this entire conference. And the Red Wolves will be out for a little revenge, after King’s came into Cedarcrest January 5 and left with a come-from-behind win over the Red Wolves which is CHS’ only blemish on their league record thus far. A win here and Cedarcrest will be in the driver’s seat for an outright league title. You know at the end of the day that Taylor in particular will want to go out with that around his shoulders as opposed to all the individual stats, so look for him to give it his all to help his team get it done tonight. Cedarcrest 58, King’s 53

Mount Si @ Interlake, Interlake HS, Bellevue, 7:30 – The Wildcats take on the Saints for the first time since December 18, when Mount Si routed the Saints at MSHS. Tonight, the Wildcats are healthy and ready to slide right into that number two league playoff spot, but they will need to win to keep themselves in that position. Look for Tyler McCreadie to have another big game – he scored 19 in the game Friday, a Mount Si win over Sammamish.

Sam Finfer (14.0 ppg) leads the Saints in scoring, so he will be the player to pay attention to from Interlake. Another player to keep an eye on is Nick Roth (10.0 ppg).

Look for this to be pretty short and sweet once Mount Si gets rolling. Mount Si 76, Interlake 51

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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