Under the Dome tonight (the Sundome, that is), it’s Cedarcrest vs. W.F. West, what to look for and how we see this 2A state tournament girls’ hoops clash

Good morning everyone, and we especially want to say that to the Cedarcrest High School girls’ basketball team, who is waking up this morning in Yakima ready to blaze a new trail for their school in basketball: one which ends with a state title in their back pocket. Stage one is tonight when the Red Wolves meet W.F. West from Chehalis.

WIAA 2A STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT-QUARTERFINALS
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. W.F. WEST BEARCATS (CHEHALIS)
TONIGHT, 5:30 P.M., YAKIMA SUNDOME, YAKIMA
GAME IS LIVE ON KELA-AM RADIO/WEB, WEBSITE HERE

The Red Wolves will be meeting who we feel is a quality opponent in W.F. West, 20-4 on the season and ranked second in the Seattle Times’ 2A state girls’ hoops rankings.

Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ basketball team plays in the WIAA 2A state tournament quarterfinals tonight in Yakima against W.F. West of Chehalis. Back row L to R: Kathryn Smith, Kailyn Campbell, Courtney McKinney, Molly Hammontree, Avery Rich, Susan Kenney. Front L to R: Kalee Fowler, Sarah Stauffer, LuAnn Townley, Megan Ditore, Lacey Deming. (Courtesy photo)

The Bearcats made it here after a hard-fought win over Cedarcrest’s league rival Archbishop Murphy in the state regional round last weekend (more here from the Olympian). The big name to watch, and the one most prominently featured in the story, is senior Jamika Parker, who scored 18 points to lead WFW to the victory. The team also has had some quality efforts against good teams in their non-conference schedule, with wins over Metro 3A team Franklin and 2A power White River, and a close loss against 4A power Prairie of Vancouver. So we think the Bearcats will be ready. But, CHS coach Brad Knowles told us he has seen the team on film and suspects his players will be able to compete well with WFW’s top players, which include Parker.

Nerves will be a factor, again, as has been the case for the Red Wolves the further along they’ve gotten in this magic carpet ride, one that now will be forever etched in the history books of Lower Valley sports. But once again, it’s all about playing the way they are capable of playing, and leading that effort will be senior Kailyn Campbell, who had a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds last Friday in the Red Wolves’ regional round win over Port Angeles, the first time a Lower Valley high school team won a state playoff round game. Junior Susan Kenney will also be a player to watch, and one that we expect Parker to be paying plenty of attention to. Kenney scored 19 last Friday and was one of two players who hit critical three-pointers to open the fourth quarter in the game helping the Red Wolves bust open what had quickly become a very close contest.

As Knowles told us by email, “The most important thing is to play our way like we have all season.” And that’s what the Red Wolves need to do. We feel as if the pressure will be more so on WFW, but we expect there will be some pressure for CHS. After all, when you’ve accomplished as much as these girls have accomplished, you might as well go for it all, but as we noted in our commentary last Sunday, whatever happens at this point, after what they did last Friday, this Cedarcrest girls’ team is the best that’s ever hit the floor at a Lower Valley high school.

A win tonight earns them more history – the first ever state basketball tournament trophy will be locked up. But more importantly, the way we see the draw, if they win tonight, we look for them to be in the state title game Saturday. A lot on the line to be sure. But these girls have been playing high-stakes contests the last four games – two weeks’ worth – so we think the girls are pretty accustomed to this now. So we like the Red Wolves’ chances, and look for them to make it all the way to the title game Saturday.

CEDARCREST 58, W.F. WEST 53

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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