The Red Wolves come in off a tough loss last night

Cedarcrest Red Wolves @ Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks, Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Marysville, 7:15 – The Red Wolves come in off a tough loss last night to Stanwood at home looking to rebound and get back into the win column.

In last night’s game, Cedarcrest had a 27-22 halftime lead but couldn’t close the deal in a 50-41 loss. “Their inside play was very strong and it resulted in some easy baskets for them. We had a tough shooting night in the second half from everywhere, including the FT line where we shot only 41%, a season low,” coach Brad Knowles told us by email. “We had our chances in the the second half but the ball just wouldn’t drop for us. Rough, physical games like this make us better, it really helps for the playoffs.”

So it’s back to work tonight for the third game in four nights, so fatigue might be a bit of a factor here for this group, but everyone in this conference has had a similar schedule this week, so M-P’s going to be battling it, too. They played last night and were blown out by Meadowdale, who has an identical league (3-3) and overall (8-4) mark to the Red Wolves, so that might be something to think about with this one.

For Cedarcrest, Sidra Griffin led last night’s efforts with 10 points and Ava LaPorte added nine. Different girls have stepped up each game for the Red Wolves leading the way, and that has been a big story this season, especially with the potential season-ending knee injury for star Jaylin Yowell suffered in CHS’ early-season loss to Snohomish. Players such as Cassidy Sweney, Elaine Townley and Ava Erhardt have all contributed significantly as this has become a team playing as a team working together to fill the shoes of their fallen star.

Senior Mariah Summers and junior Lauren Lewis are the players to watch for the Tomahawks, who are winless in league at 0-7 and overall are 4-9. And this is where rubber meets the road for Cedarcrest when we talk about postseason.

We of course have been telling you all week about the strong Northwest District 2A RPI computer ranking CHS received to start the week – they were ranked fourth in the initial run of this thing that was released early Monday morning. So that has provided the Red Wolves a nice foundation to work with with respect to A. making the playoffs, and more importantly, B. getting a home game. While last night’s loss might have damaged the ranking a bit, a game like tonight’s – where they’re playing a 3A foe that’s behind them in the standings and is struggling – can serve as a balance and help maintain the strong seeding position.

The way CHS is going, if they’re able to maintain a .500 clip in league the remainder of the way and perhaps pick up an upset or two along the way against a team like Edmonds-Woodway or Shorecrest, both of whom still are left on Cedarcrest’s schedule, they’ll be starting the postseason at home, and boy, will that be nice. We like the Red Wolves to rebound tonight and grab another RPI bonus special to help keep their ranking strong. Cedarcrest 50, M-P 35

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