Washington Class 1A girls basketball bracket breakdown: Schedules, sites, players to watch, predictions

Here’s an overview of the eight Washington high school Class 1A girls basketball regional playoff games taking place Friday and Saturday at sites around the state:

WINNER-TO-THURSDAY, LOSER-TO-WEDNESDAY GAMES

No. 1 Cashmere (21-0) vs. No. 8 Nooksack Valley (20-6)
Saturday, 6 p.m., Wenatchee High School

No. 2 Lynden Christian (22-1) vs. No. 7 Annie Wright (17-5)
Friday, 8 p.m., Mount Vernon High School

No. 3 Warden (22-1) vs. No. 6 King’s (18-7)
Saturday, noon, Big Bend CC, Moses Lake

No. 4 Freeman (20-2) vs. No. 5 La Salle (19-3)
Friday, 8 p.m., West Valley High School, Spokane

WINNER-TO-WEDNESDAY, LOSER-OUT GAMES

No. 9 Zillah (19-5) vs. No. 16 Cascade Christian (12-11)
Saturday, 4 p.m., Davis High School, Yakima

No. 10 Okanogan (16-6) vs. No. 15 Meridian (15-13)
Saturday, 2 p.m., Wenatchee High School

No. 11 Seattle Academy (18-4) vs. No. 14 Montesano (15-9)
Saturday, noon, Issaquah High School

No. 12 Elma (16-6) vs. No. 13 Deer Park (18-6)
Saturday, noon, Tumwater High School

5 PLAYERS TO WATCH

G Riley Dykstra, Lynden Christian, sr.

G Claire Gallagher, King’s, jr.

F Trista Hull, La Salle, jr.

G Hailey Van Lith, Cashmere, sr.

G Julianna Walker, Annie Wright, jr.

MATCHUP WE’RE MOST INTRIGUED BY

Lynden Christian vs. Annie Wright: A year ago, these two schools went at it in the regional round – won 77-59 by the Lyncs. They are heavy favorites again this weekend, but will always have to keep an eye out for Gators’ junior guard Julianna Walker, who can pile up points in a hurry. She might keep it interesting for a while, but Lynden Christian’s overall size, balance and ability to control tempo should prevail.

GAME PREDICTIONS

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Cashmere 72, Nooksack Valley 50

Lynden Christian 69, Annie Wright 55

Warden 61, King’s 48

La Salle 51, Freeman 44

Zillah 66, Cascade Christian 30

Okanogan 54, Meridian 34

Montesano 42, Seattle Academy 40

Elma 63, Deer Park 58

TICKETS

$12 for adults, $9 for students and senior citizens.

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