Girls: Cedarcrest ‘D’ smothers Shorewood on Senior Night

Senior night can be a night where teams struggle because of the emotion and distractions surrounding the evening as senior players are recognized for their four years in a program. That was the case last night for Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ basketball squad, but their tough defense got the job done and helped the Red Wolves deliver a win for their two members of the class of 2019.

Ava Erhardt led all scorers with 12 points as Cedarcrest won 35-18 over the Thunderbirds, getting another win over a 3A league opponent in Wesco play that will help strengthen their Northwest District playoff RPI ranking, a ranking which has taken a hit with recent struggles. “It was senior night and the girls were emotional about our two seniors, Cassidy Sweney and Katelynn Smith. Sometimes that emotion is all it takes to throw the focus off when shooting and it happened tonight,” said coach Brad Knowles to the SVSJ by email, but he did note the defense did its thing, holding the visitors to single digits in each quarter. He adds the focus will be on improving the offense moving forward.

“Our defense is pretty good, but we need to improve our scoring quickly with districts just nine days away,” Knowles said. 

Sweney and Smith were recognized for their four years in the CHS program last night prior to the game. Those two and their Red Wolve teammates face a tough Shorecrest team on Friday night, and if they can score an upset against the Scots, currently in second a game back of first-place teams Snohomish, Arlington and Archbishop Murphy in league play, that will definitely help solidify their playoff situation.

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