Hardwood recaps from last night, and our previews of today’s Mount Si and Cedarcrest district action

Good Saturday morning. A lot of hardwood to talk about this morning. Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball team opened the WesKing 4A playoffs on a high note, recovering from an early slow start to advance into the round of eight today with a 55-44 win over Monroe at Monroe High School in a loser-out game last night.

Sela Heide had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds leading Mount Si, who overcame a 13-11 deficit after one outscoring the Bearcats 21-14 in the second frame to take a halftime lead, then held that lead through the remainder of the game to move into a quarterfinal matchup with Kingco top-seed Woodinville tonight.

Joelle Buck pitched in 12 points and Lauren Glazier added 11 for the Wildcats while Elizabeth Sundet scored a game-high 16 to lead Monroe. Adria Lincoln pitched in 15 for the Bearcats, whose season ended with the loss.

Preview and pick shortly for the Mount Si-Woodinville clash.

Red Wolves run into buzzsaw known as B-E: Burlington-Edison raced out to a huge early lead and cruised to a 55-37 win over Cedarcrest’s girls last night in a Northwest 2A District playoff game at Burlington-Edison High School.

“Burlington’s speed both in transition and attacking the hoop in their halfcourt sets, gave us trouble right out of the gate. Their press caused some turnovers, but we made adjustments and did better as the game went along,” Red Wolves coach Brad Knowles told us by email. Adding to the problems for Cedarcret was top scorer Kat Townley’s early foul trouble followed by two shoulder dislocations, the second of which knocked her out of the game and perhaps, according to Knowles, for their next one, too; the coach tells us she’ll be getting it checked out today with a doctor.

Freshman Melanie Cammarano led CHS with seven points. “A great playoff start for our new varsity player,” Knowles told us. He also offered praise for junior Jaylin Yowell. “Jaylin Yowell put forth an outstanding effort in the game. With Kat out and others gone, Jay played the entire game with toughness and courage,” Knowles told us.

The loss drops CHS into a loser-out game Monday in Mount Vernon against the loser of last night’s Liberty-Sammamish quarterfinal game. It starts at 6:00 at Mount Vernon Christian School.

Now to today. Previews and picks for today’s games.

Playoff previews, picks
Boys: Mount Si Wildcats vs. Woodinville Falcons, WesKing 4A quarterfinals, Bothell HS, 1:30* (*approximate start time) – The two teams met in the regular season, and it was a close game to start, but Mount Si outscored the Falcons 16-5 to open the second half and posted the home win over Woodinville 58-44 on January 10. It was a balanced effort that night for the Wildcats, with Jabe Mullins leading the way, scoring 15 points and he was followed by the 14 of Tyler Patterson, 12 of Bennett “B” O’Connor and eight points and nine boards from Hayden Curtiss. The Wildcats haven’t played in a week, since winning the Kingco title last Saturday night beating Skyline. So rust could be an issue especially early, that will be something to watch this afternoon.

For Woodinville, Cage Schenck and Blake Glessner continue to lead the team in scoring, averaging 16 and 13 ponts per game respectively; the two scored 24 between them leading the Falcons in that January meeting with the Wildcats. Also keep an eye on Carson Noe; the junior added 10 points in that contest as well. Glessner and Schenck as you know are both two-sporters; the seniors both played football and would love to do to Mount Si on the hardwood what they did on the football field and that is get the job done against the Wildcats. They missed out in their first shot, but have another one today. The Falcons, though, come in off a much closer win than was expected Thursday night over Kamiak in their first-round loser out game, so that might be also something to think about as well.

Again, as was the case in the earlier matchup, we look for this to be a competitive, tight contest, but Mount Si at the end of the day just has too much depth and once they get the rust off, the Wildcats should be favored in this one. Mount Si 60, Woodinville 50

Girls: Mount Si Wildcats vs. Woodinville Falcons, WesKing 4A quarterfinals, Bothell HS, 5:00* (*approximate start time) – The Wildcats and Falcons meet in what on paper looks to be a one-sided show again just like their meeting January 10, won easily by Woodinville as they’ve attained an unbeaten mark on the season at 22-0 coming into this one. But a certain Heide might have something to say about that.

Mia Hughes leads the Falcons in scoring averaging 22 points a contest, with sophomores Veronica Sheffey (14) and Tatum Thompson (11) also players to watch for this Woodinville squad, coached by one of the top coaches in the league in Scott Bullock. Hughes led all scorers with 17 in the Falcons’ 60-34 win over the Wildcats back in January, and she was followed by Thompson’s 13, freshman Brooke Beresford’s 12, and Sheffey’s 11. Beresford, for her part, is averaging around eight points a game, so she, too, will be a player to watch for the Falcons today.

Of course, Mount Si that night was still without Sela Heide, so having her today will make a difference, but after last night, the question to ask is, how much? Yes, she had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds as we discussed in our game story, but the Wildcats’ margin of victory over the Bearcats in last night’s win was similar to that of their previous meeting in early December against Monroe. So the thing to watch today is how Mount Si plays out of the gate – is it another slow start like last night or similar to the three games prior, where it seemed nothing could stop these girls.

We’d look for another Woodinville win today, but how Mount Si starts will determine whether it’s a boat race or a much closer contest. Woodinville 55, Mount Si 45

Boys: Cedarcrest Red Wolves @ Lynden Lions, Northwest 2A quarterfinals, Lynden HS, 7:00 (KPUG radio, here) – On Thursday, we told you the winner of the Red Wolves’ opening round district playoff game with Archbishop Murphy was going to face a tough test tonight. Well, thanks to Nicolo Cammarano’s 24 points leading CHS to the win that night, the Red Wolves get the opportunity, and looking at Lynden’s schedule construction this year, this is going to be the chore tonight we expect.

Lynden is 18-2 on the season, 12-1 in league, and is coming off its lone NWC loss, to Burlington-Edison last Saturday. So they’ll have a little bit of a chip on a shoulder, and perhaps much fresher legs than Cedarcrest will. And what’s more, this group among its wins has one over the top team in Wesco 2A/3A this season in Marysville Pilchuck and one as well on the road no less at Kingco 4A Eastlake, so this is a team that goes and plays the best and beats the best. Not a good formula for success for the red, scarlet, gray and black.

6’5″ senior Harley Vandenberg leads the Lions, who look, based on their schedule success thus far, to be a contender to win the 2A state title this season. The post, along with fellow senior forwards Elijah Lyons and Jordan Elsner anong others, will look to get out early and run away with this one.

The Red Wolves’ best hope to keep things interesting as long as they can is to get out of the gate much better than their girls’ counterparts did last night in their game at Burlington-Edison. Cammarano, Kian Pegueros-Warren and Brennan Mallot will be among the players coach Joe Ayers will look to to help provide an early offensive spark.

This trip north is going to be an extremely challenging one, but their prep against the best of 3A Wesco should be a help. How much, though? When you consider the Lions as we just mentioned did beat M-P, who blasted CHS in the regular season, we’re not too sure. We hope for the best, but will hopefully be listening live tonight and expecting nothing more than for the lower Valley’s best to leave it all out on that basketball floor representing their CHS community. Lynden 75, Cedarcrest 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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