Washington Class 2B girls basketball state tournament bracket breakdown: Schedules, storylines, players to watch, predictions

Here’s an overview of the WIAA state high school Class 2B girls basketball tournament taking place Wednesday-Saturday at the Spokane Arena:

WEDNESDAY GAMES (winner to Thursday quarterfinals, loser out)

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No. 14 Northwest Christian-Colbert (17-10) vs. No. 6 Adna (21-6), 9 a.m.
Winner: Plays No. 5 Ilwaco (22-3), 9 a.m.

No. 10 Mossyrock (21-5) vs. No. 7 Columbia-Burbank (21-4), 10:30 a.m.
Winner: Plays No. 1 Liberty-Spangle (23-1), 10:30 a.m.

No. 12 Colfax (17-8) vs. No. 4 Toledo (22-4), 12:15 p.m.
Winner: Plays No. 3 Wahkiakum (19-4), 12:15 p.m.

No. 9 St. George’s (21-5) vs. No. 8 Tri-Cities Prep (19-6), 2 p.m.
Winner: Plays No. 2 La Conner (21-2)

THREE STORYLINES

Can anyone handle Liberty of Spangle’s overall length?

For any small-school program to be able to run out three athletic 6-footers in its lineup has an inherent advantage. And when one of them is do-everything playmaker Maisie Burham, an Eastern Washington signee, that immediately makes the Lancers the favorites to capture their first state girls title. Liberty lost to Tri-Cities Prep in last year’s 2B finals.

Which of the Southwest District teams is best built for a deep run?

It is difficult to choose among Central 2B champion Toledo, Pacific 2B champion Ilwaco and Wahkiakum. Toledo is balanced, and has a formidable inside-outside duo in Stacie Spahr and Kal Schaplow. Wahkiakum is deep, and plays a mean matchup zone on defense. And Ilwaco has guard Erika Glenn to get the Fisherman going in transition.

Is this La Conner’s best hope to steal some thunder?

One coach in Northwest Washington said this Braves’ team is the best he’s seen in the past decade. Forward Justine Benson is a scorer at all three levels, and the teams runs a lot of sets to get open looks. But the unsung contributor among this deep group is post player Morgan Herrera, who can clog up the middle but also get out and smother perimeter players.

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH

F Justine Benson, La Conner, sr.

F Maisie Burnham, Liberty-Spangle, sr.

F Erika Glenn, Ilwaco, jr.

G McKenna Martinez, Tri-Cities Prep, jr.

G Kal Schaplow, Toledo, sr.

FIRST-ROUND MATCHUP TO KEEP AN EYE ON

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St. George’s vs. Tri-Cities Prep: The reigning state champions don’t have an easy one in defense of their crown. Good thing the Jaguars can rely on point guard McKenna Martinez, who comes downhill at defenders with such power. St. George’s zone defense will be a difficult riddle to solve, but Martinez is cagey enough to find creases for good shots.

GAME PREDICTIONS

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First-round games
Northwest Christian 47, Adna 44
Columbia-Burbank 53, Mossyrock 51
Colfax 49, Toledo 43
Tri-Cities Prep 61, St. George’s 60

Quarterfinal games
Ilwaco 55, Northwest Christian-Colbert 48
Liberty-Spangle 68, Columbia-Burbank 43
Colfax 54, Wahkiakum 50
La Conner 63, Tri-Cities Prep 51

Semifinal games
Liberty-Spangle 65, Ilwaco 56
La Conner 57, Colfax 53

Championship game
Liberty-Spangle 72, La Conner 66

TICKETS

Daily: $16.50 for adults, and $13.50 for students/senior citizens (Wed.-Fri.) $17.50 for adults, $14.50 for students/senior citizens. (Sat.)

Weeklong: $39.50 for adults, $31.50 for students/senior citizens (Thu-Sat.). $51.50 for adults, $40.50 for students/senior citizens (Wed.-Sat.)

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