Talking Cedarcrest basketball’s postseason chances, and a round of hardwood Athletes of the Week!!!

Good Monday morning. We have a lot of hardwood talk for you this morning as we start a new week.

A new round of rankings is out for the Northwest 2A District’s ratings percentage index, which help determine seedings for the district’s playoffs which will take place in a couple of weeks. Not much change to report for Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ and girls’ teams in this latest rankings release.

Cedarcrest’s boys remain sixth overall in the rankings. CHS has a .5035 percentage in the latest rankings, released late yesterday. They are well back of fifth-seed Liberty but perhaps enough ahead of seventh-seeded Anacortes that the Red Wolves should at least get through Wednesday night’s game win or lose still sitting in that sixth spot, which as of now would earn them a first-round home loser-out game in the playoffs with 11th-seeded Sedro- Woolley, who beat out Sammamish, who had been the 11th seed last week, for the spot this week.

The Red Wolve girls dropped from sixth to seventh in this week’s rankings, with a .6216 percentage; they had been sixth last week. Sammamish, which replaced CHS in that sixth slot, and fifth-seed Sehome are battling it out for that fifth spot, but are both ahead enough of the Red Wolves that there is not expected to be much of a change in the rankings for next week. CHS, fortunately, will not need to worry at this point about dropping any further as eighth-seed Anacortes is well back – a good nearly .25 ranking points back – so if the Red Wolves continue to maintain things and beat Wesco 3A teams that are beatable – such as tomorrow against Shorewood, who is just 2-9 in Wesco this season – they’ll be able to hold on to the slot. The seventh seed gets a loser-out home game as well; Cedarcrest would get 10th-seed Mountlake Terrace, who as we will mention in a moment, CHS beat handily last Thursday at home.

Still a couple of more weeks of games to go before the first district playoff games, which take place February 12 and 13. So there’s time for the Red Wolves to perhaps build up their seeding some and give themselves the best chance of success this postseason.

We continue our hardwood chat this Monday with our Athletes of the Week and trips to the basketball floor for all of our selections this week.

CEDARCREST BOYS – Boys’ senior hoopster Brennan Mallot has returned to form for the Red Wolves, becoming a pretty valuable offensive asset down the stretch for this CHS team. He led the team in scoring this past Friday with 15 as Cedarcrest fell to Mountlake Terrace. The Red Wolves on Wednesday host Shorewood for Senior Night as Cedarcrest looks to close out the season on a strong note over the next couple of weeks.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – Big night this past Thursday for Cedarcrest’s girls’ hoopsters, and Helena Van Ess pitched in 10 points, among many – all in uniform – who scored for the Red Wolves in their home rout of the Hawks. Van Ess has been a key piece in the middle for Cedarcrest, who is very much assured of a trip to the Northwest District playoffs this season with their solid record. They are at Shorewood tomorrow.

MOUNT SI BOYS – We offered a nod to him before the winter break, so we’ll reach back in for seconds this week here too and recognize Jabe Mullins. A double-double for the St. Mary’s-bound senior this past Saturday of a game-high 25 points and 12 assists leading the Wildcats to a 71-56 win over Issaquah. Mount Si tomorrow hosts North Creek on Senior Night with Mullins, Tyler Patterson, Hayden Curtiss, Parker Wutherich and other members of the class of 2020 being recognized.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – Yes, we recognized her a couple of weeks back but we’re going to recognize her again. Cal-bound senior Sela Heide had her best performance since coming back following her offseason knee surgery this past Saturday, notching a double-double of 26 points and 15 boards for the Wildcats in their loss to Issaquah. Mount Si tomorrow hosts North Creek for Senior Night, with Heide and four other seniors – Nitika Kumar, Molly Wilbourne, Joelle Buck and Izzy Smith – set to be recognized for their four years in the program.

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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