It’s a Friday hardwood playoff preview and pick edition, ladies only!!

Good Friday morning, and happy Valentine’s Day to all of you from us here at the Journal. Quick note and we’ll try to get some stats on this later but Cedarcrest High School’s boys were able to replicate the feat of their girls’ counterparts last night – advance into the round of eight in the Northwest 2A District playoffs, beating rival Archbishop Murphy to advance to a tough one tomorrow against Lynden. So with that done, the girls take center stage tonight and so we have a albeit abbreviated edition of the Friday preview and pick segment for you. Both Mount Si and Cedarcrest head north for playoff meetings tonight – CHS at Burlington-Edison and Mount Si at Monroe – when we were hoping it’d be Mount Vernon, but oh well. Time now for the previews and picks.

Northwest 2A District Quarterfinals: Cedarcrest Red Wolves @ Burlington-Edison Tigers, Burlington-Edison HS, 7:00 (SkagitRadioSports.com, here) – CHS comes in off a big win Wednesday over Blaine that put the seventh-seeded Red Wolves into a meeting with the second-seeded, and 17-3 overall, Tigers. B-E is 1-1 against Wesco opposition this year, falling in their season opener to Arlington but beating Snohomish over the winter break, so the Lady Tigers will definitely be ready. But ready for the tough defense of the Red Wolves?

As you remember, all players in uniform scored for CHS in their 64-24 win over the Lady Borderites on Wednesday, led by sophomore Kat Townley with 19 points. She and the rest of the crew, including senior Helena Van Ess, junior Jaylin Yowell, and sophomore Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson, will be facing a daunting task for sure. But think about this – they played a similarly tough foe in 3A Shorecrest just before the end of the Wesco regular season, and held them to one of their season-low point totals despite losing. So perhaps that may be in store tonight, we’ll see.

Posts Gabriella MacKenzie, a junior, and Brylee Axelson-Ney, a senior, lead B-E, and also keep an eye on senior guard Penny Elton and senior forward/post Katie King. This squad is similarly young to CHS with just three seniors, so they’ll be a force for awhile up north. The key for CHS is simple. Defend well, then get good transition play like they did against Blaine Wednesday. If they can do this out of the gate, they’re going to make this one interesting.

That said, we do like B-E here but Brad Knowles’ group from the lower Valley is going to make the Lady Tigers earn it. Burlington-Edison 45, Cedarcrest 40

WesKing 4A District Playoffs, First Round (loser out): Mount Si Wildcats at Monroe Bearcats, Monroe HS, 7:00 – These two teams met back on December 13 at Mount Si, and we were there for it, see here. Mount Si won that night despite a slow start, they broke out in the second half for a 50-38 win that came with the help of the senior duo of Joelle Buck and Nitika Kumar. Buck had one of her top efforts of the season in the win, scoring a game-high 18 for Mount Si, while Kumar pitched in 10.

However, with the play of posts Sela Heide and Lauren Glazier leading the way as of late for the Wildcats, look for those two to lead the way tonight. Heide as you know missed that game as she was at the time still recovering from her offseason knee injury, so just having her in the lineup tonight is going to make a big difference. Glazier that night was limited to just seven points, but having Heide alongside should make the point total a little better for the sophomore.

Monroe that night was led by the 17 points of Adria Lincoln. With this in mind, look in particular for Heide and Glazier to get most of the defensive assignments on this top Monroe offensive threat. Sydnee Gendron had eight points for the Bearcats in that game as well, so if Lincoln runs into trouble, Gendron is likely next girl up, so Mount Si’s defense will also need to watch her closely.

In all, based on how Monroe looked to us that night, and considering how well the Wildcats have played as of late and that Heide is in the lineup tonight, we would find it to be a massive letdown (or “fail” as it’s called in the modern-day social media lexicon) for Mount Si to have their season come to an end against this Bearcat team on this night. The only thing we’d like to see different tonight is a much faster start out of the gate for scarlet and gray. However, get the kind of start that they had last time out in December against Monroe and it could be trouble. Mount Si 75, Monroe 55

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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