One last Friday night of previews and picks for high school hoops, with Mount Si at Juanita and CHS vs. Archbishop Murphy

It’s Blue Friday, and also a high school hoops Friday for both Mount Si and Cedarcrest. The Wildcats go to Juanita, while the Red Wolves have a couple of biggies against Archbishop Murphy.

Mount Si Wildcats at Juanita Rebels, Juanita HS, Kirkland, 6:30 – Mount Si’s girls head out on the road, perhaps now for the rest of the season, as they are still looking for that elusive first conference win. The Rebels beat Mount Si last time out, but are missing star freshman Tea Adams, out as she nurses some injuries. But they still have their size in the paint, led by junior Jaisa Nunn, and the Rebels will look to make things happen tonight. Juanita 65, Mount Si 35

Cedarcrest Red Wolves vs. Archbishop Murphy Wildcats, Cedarcrest HS, Duvall, 6:45 – Tonight’s girls’ game is a big one for CHS. With the Red Wolves (9-1 Cascade, 14-2 overall) up three games on Archbishop Murphy (6-4, 7-7) with four games to play, including this evening’s, for the top overall 2A seed to the Northwest District playoffs from the Cascade Conference, a win plus a Lakewood loss to South Whidbey would lock up that top spot. CHS rolled to an easy win the last time these two teams played on January 7. The big names of Susan Kenney, Kalee Fowler and Megan Ditore led the way that night, scoring 59 of the Red Wolves’ total points in the 67-32 blowout. CHS comes in off a win Tuesday at Sultan.

But one thing that, if you will remember from our game story on Wednesday, coach Brad Knowles was concerned about was the struggles with easy interior baskets for his team, so-called “lay-ups”, so with that in mind, look for the Red Wolves to work on their interior play quite a bit tonight, along with their transition stuff as well. The top player from Archbishop Murphy is Megan Wall, and she is averaging 16 points a contest, according to the Everett Herald. The Red Wolves’ defensive stalwarts, such as Lacey Deming and Kathryn Smith, will likely see a lot of that Wildcats star tonight. If the defense does their job, then good things will likely result. But more importantly, if the Red Wolves demonstrate that they have fixed up the concerns Knowles was looking to address coming out of their win Tuesday, then it will really be a good night. Cedarcrest 70, Archbishop Murphy 55

Cedarcrest Red Wolves at Archbishop Murphy Wildcats, Archbishop Murphy High School, Mill Creek, 6:45 pm – This contest tonight is a big one for both teams. CHS and AMHS are tied for top spot among the Cascade 2A teams at 7-2 within the league, although the Red Wolves’ season record overall is better at 10-5 than the Wildcats’ 7-9. The two teams met for the first time at Cedarcrest High School January 7, a game won by the Red Wolves 61-43. Leading things that night for CHS is the guy to watch tonight – Jordan Corpus. Corpus scored 21 in that game, and dropped in 26 for the Red Wolves in their loss Tuesday to Sultan. Austin Paxman also will look to have a good game after scoring 15 in the game Tuesday.

Conner Longoria and Josh Parafina are the two guys to watch from ATM. Longoria scored 12 in that first game and is currently averaging that a game points-wise this season, according to the Everett Herald, and Parafina pitched in 10 but is currently averaging around 13 points a contest. ATM comes in off a loss to Cascade overall leader 1A King’s.

With this game on Murphy’s home floor, and considering some of the scares Cedarcrest has had on the road this season, this one may be a bit challenging despite how well things went the first time around against these guys. But, the Red Wolves realize what’s at stake, and should be able to pull this one out. Cedarcrest 60, Archbishop Murphy 50

Mount Si Wildcats at Juanita Rebels, Juanita HS, Kirkland* (*Game will start around 20 minutes after conclusion of girls’ game) – The Wildcats and Rebels meet for the final time this season, and perhaps the final time for awhile, with Mount Si’s move to Kingco 4A next year.

If you had any doubts about the importance of Tyler McCreadie to Mount Si’s lineup, well, here’s how his week went, and how Mount Si fared. You all remember what happened to the Wildcat senior post last Friday night – he was knocked out of the game early after having two teeth busted as a result of physical contact with a Liberty player. Mount Si had to rally from a deficit to win that game, then last Saturday, without McCreadie, the Wildcats fell by a similar number to their winning margin Friday. Back this past Tuesday, complete with a mouth guard to protect those two teeth of his, T-Mac dropped a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds and Mount Si easily handled the Interlake Saints.

McCreadie’s presence is very much key for the Wildcats tonight, as is Parker Dumas’s. Dumas scored eight second-half points for Mount Si in their 56-40 triumph Tuesday, and he is getting back into the swing of things after himself being out a week – including those aforementioned Liberty games – as well.

A win should speak volumes for the Wildcats’ playoff chances. Mount Si 66, Juanita 50

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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