Cedarcrest girls’ hoops advances into district playoffs round of eight…..can the Red Wolve boys follow suit? They get their chance tonight and here’s a preview and our thoughts

Good Thursday morning. Time to talk some Cedarcrest High School basketball. The Red Wolves girls advanced into the round of eight in the Northwest 2A District playoffs last night, and did so in relatively easy fashion. Everyone who played chipped in as the seventh-seeded Cedarcrest ladies rolled over 10th-seed Blaine.

Kat Townley led the way with 19 and Jaylin Yowell added 11 as Cedarcrest’s defense shut down Blaine down the stretch and cruised to a 64-24 win at home in Duvall. After allowing 13 first-quarter points to the Borderites, the Red Wolve “D” only allowed Blaine to score 11 more points over the final three quarters, helping to secure a trip tomorrow for their quarterfinal game against Burlington-Edison.

“Tonight was one of our better offensive performances this season, especially in transition,” CHS coach Brad Knowles told us by email. As noted, everyone chipped in. In addition to Townley and Yowell, Grace McKenzie and Helena Van Ess each had six points apiece, then Rose Carlson added five, followed by four each from Ava Erhardt, Sidra Griffin and JV callup for the postseason Melanie Cammarano. “Mad Dog” Davidson and Ava LaPorte each scored two points, and Holly Williams rounded it out with one.

The Red Wolves and Tigers meet tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at Burlington-Edison High School. Now to the boys.

With the girls having moved into the round of eight, will the Red Wolve boys do the same? Tonight will answer that question, but they’ll have a much tougher foe on their hands to deal with. Murphy.

WESCO 2A/3A BOYS’ BASKETBALL
NORTHWEST 2A DISTRICT TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND, LOSER OUT
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES (#7) VS. ARCHBISHOP MURPHY WILDCATS (#10)
CEDARCREST HS, DUVALL, 7:00

The two teams faced each other twice in the regular season, with both winning on the other guys’ home court – Murphy December 11 at CHS and the Red Wolves most recently on January 24 in the conference-counting game at Murphy’s gym in Mill Creek (the December game was a non-counting contest for Wesco standings).

In the most recent meeting between the two, Shawn Deming scored 17 points and Kian Pegueros-Warren pitched in 14 along with 12 rebounds, a double-double, as CHS held off the Wildcats 46-43. Pegueros-Warren also had a big game – 22 points – in the first meeting back in December, so if there’s anyone the Murphy defense will be paying attention to, it’s this top junior for the Red Wolves. Deming will also be defended heavy tonight we expect, so who needs to step up?

Well, we’ve liked some of the production from Brennan Mallot down the stretch; he was held to just four points in Cedarcrest’s loss Monday to Edmonds-Woodway that ended the regular season, but he’s had some double-figure scoring games here in the second half of the schedule, so he’s a guy that might look to step up and chip in tonight some more. In general, though, if there was one opponent this Red Wolve team didn’t want to face tonight – well, it was these guys from Murphy.

Murphy will be led by senior guard Sage Oliveira, who had eight points in the most recent meeting between the two teams, but looks to be their top scorer coming in to this one.

Winner here heads to Lynden on Saturday night and that’s likely not going to be an easy task for either team and considering how tight the two Cedarcrest-Murphy games have been this year, it’s to be expected we’ll see that again tonight so the winner also might be a little beat up going into that Lynden game which could make for a tougher challenge. We’re taking Murphy here, in a tight one.

ARCHBISHOP MURPHY 51, CEDARCREST 49

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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