Time to talk some hardwood this morning, with a pair of playoff games for Valley high school teams……


Girls: Cedarcrest Red Wolves @ Sammamish Totems, Northwest 2A District playoffs, loser out, Sammamish HS, Bellevue, 7:00 – The Red Wolves come into this one off a 70-44 loss last night at Northwest second-seeded Lynden. CHS came out a bit rusty after not having practiced at all this week and it showed. “It’s always tough to take four days off and then come in and play at (a) top-ranked opponent’s gym. We had a slow start defensively and missed some assignments inside,” said Cedarcrest coach Brad Knowles by email. “As soon as we fixed that, Lynden scorched the net from the outside.” 

Things improved over the stretch run, however, in last night’s game, according to Knowles. “The girls came out in the second half more focused and we played them even the rest of the game. It’s always good to face opponents that are strong in many areas, it will make us better in the long run,” he told us. Rose Carlson led CHS with 12 points while Sidra Griffin and Cassidy Sweney both hit a pair of key shots from outside down the stretch and finished with 11 and eight points. All three of them, along with other notables such as Kat Townley and Helena Van Ess, will need to flush last night’s loss out quickly and get out to a strong start tonight if they want to keep their season alive.

They’ll have to beat a Sammamish team that, for what it’s worth, has been respectable this year, which has been a challenge to attain as you Kingco fans know in past seasons, but it’s been better for the Totem program in recent years, and they are holding their own at 12-11 this season. They fell last night to Burlington-Edison to drop them into tonight’s game. Sophomore Mackenzie Perez leads the team in scoring averaging around 11 points a game, and junior Grace Patterson has provided a solid supporting contribution, averaging 10 points a night. 

The Totems this year were solid in Kingco 2A/3A, scoring season sweeps over both Bellevue and Mercer Island, two schools whose programs have been strong in the league in recent years, so this Sammamish team is not the Sammamish of the recent past, that’s for sure. 

That all said, the Red Wolves, once they found their legs, were very competitive with a very strong Lynden team as Knowles noted. So if they can continue that out of the blocks in this one, we like CHS’ chances a lot. We expect that to occur and for Cedarcrest to go at it again tomorrow. Cedarcrest 55, Sammamish 47

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