CHS splits hoops pair with Stanwood, as they begin to see where the playoff path may lead them…..

Good Tuesday morning. News from the hardwood to lead things off this morning and Cedarcrest High School’s boys and girls’ basketball teams were in action, both facing Stanwood.

The girls were up north at Stanwood High School, and the Spartans rolled to a 52-32 win. “We never really got any rhythm going offensively. When we scored, Stanwood would usually match it with their next possession and we never got any momentum in our transition game,” Red Wolves coach Brad Knowles told us by email. “Stanwood is a good team and has a balanced attack, we just were a little off tonight. We’ll bounce back.”

Helena Van Ess led CHS with 10 points. Jaylin Yowell added eight. Meanwhile, the boys fell at home in Duvall to the league-leading Spartans 74-56. Stats were not available.

The Red Wolves play Lynnwood next, with the girls playing the Royals tonight at Lynnwood High School followed by the boys at home with Lynnwood tomorrow.

Playoff rankings released: The Northwest District has released its first run of the computer Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings that the district will use to seed the 2A district playoffs. Both the Red Wolve boys and girls open as the sixth seeds in their respective rankings, which were released on Sunday.

The boys are more comfortably in their sixth position, as they are well back of the fifth-seed Liberty and well ahead of the seventh-seeded Blaine. CHS’ boys ranking is .5648. However, for the girls, last night’s loss will likely hurt their position, as they are locked in a battle with two other teams for that position. They came in with a real strong .7135 ranking and are just behind fifth-seed Sammamish but only slightly ahead of Bellingham’s Sehome, who is in seventh, so as mentioned, last night’s results could influence their situation negatively, but a win tonight could get them back on the right foot.

The sixth seeds for both teams would carry with them first-round home games – the Red Wolve boys against current 11th-seed Sammamish and the girls against current 11th-seeded Mountlake Terrace. Red Wolve boys’ coach Joe Ayers has a goal in mind for his team. “We are fighting to finish in the (fifth through eighth) spots so we can host that first round loser out play in game. There is an outside chance we could grab the 4th spot and have a 1st round bye if we take care of our business and finish the regular season with some tough wins,” Ayers told us by email. “Still a lot of basketball to be played before things get sorted out. I am sure there will be changes before everything is all said and done.” And that is certainly the case, starting tonight with the girls’ game against the Royals.

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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