Two games, two wins for Mount Si hoops at Kingco tourney – and the boys’ victory earns them some hardware

Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team is pictured here with their coaches with the Kingco 4A Tournament championship trophy following their 54-33 win over Skyline in the title game last night in Bellevue. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Good Sunday morning. Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team fulfilled the expectations last night. It wasn’t easy at first, but once things settled down against Skyline in the Kingco 4A title game at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, for the second straight night it was the Mullins and Curtiss show, as the Wildcats took care of business and advanced to the WesKing district tournament as Kingco tournament champs.

After a 13-13 tie at the end of one, Mount Si outscored the Spartans 41-20 the rest of the way for the 54-33 win. Mullins had a game-high 23 points while Curtiss had his second straight double-double, of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hayden’s starting to establish himself well in the post, and that’s good news for this Wildcat team.

Tyler Patterson had just eight points in the game, with brother Quin getting four. Mount Si advances and will face an opponent to be determined – any of Woodinville, Jackson or Kamiak – Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Bothell High School.

Wildcat senior Jabe Mullins dunks the ball with authority – one of two Mount Si dunks in the second half, the other by Hayden Curtiss. This dunk was part of a game-high 23 points for the St. Mary’s-bound player. (Photo courtesy Calder Productions)

Wildcat girls on a magic carpet: This week perhaps has been the week Mount Si fans have been waiting several years for – the week where the Wildcat girls’ basketball program has returned to old times under former coaches Dirk Hansen and Megan Botulinski where the teams played stout defense and turned that into tremendous offensive performances, all the while while having fun and enjoying one another.

Well, current coach Jason Marr has worked very hard to re-establish that image of the program, and it appears he’s got this team playing its best basketball they’ve played since he took over this job three seasons ago. This was evident yesterday, as Mount Si didn’t let fatigue from playing a night game Friday night for their playoff opener stop them from posting their third straight dominant win.

Sela Heide led all scorers with a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds – a double-double – and Lauren Glazier continued her stellar efforts – off her career-best efforts in the Friday night win over Inglemoor, Glazier connected for 17 points and 7 rebounds yesterday as the post duo helped Mount Si’s ladies open a 40-22 halftime lead, then they cruised to a 71-51 win over Newport. The Wildcats held Knight Eva Richards, who scored 21 points in their last meeting – and beat Mount Si with a buzzer-beater in overtime – to just eight points yesterday, meaning Charlee Arthur had to step up and she did, with 19 to lead the red and gold. Still though, Mount Si’s defense held Newport to just 32% from the floor while themselves hitting 50% of their shots – 63% in the first half alone.

The efforts of younger players – Glazier a sophomore being exhibit “A” – are proving to be important. Exhibit “B” in yesterday’s game would be freshman Grace Turley, who made the most of her opportunities – three of four from the floor and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line – and finished with 12 points in around 16 minutes of work off the bench. In all, things are shaping up as we suggested in our preview yesterday for this Wildcat crew to be a real tough out in this WesKing district tournament.

Their first game in the event is not until Friday. They’ll be on the road at either Monroe or Mount Vernon, whichever finishes as the Wesco fourth-place team. Their regular season wraps on Tuesday with Monroe at Cascade of Everett and Mount Vernon hosting Jackson. Mount Si fans wanting to scout potential playoff opponents will want to get into the car and head north for either of those two games, which will both start at 7:00 p.m. at Cascade and Mount Vernon High Schools respectively.

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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