Hereâ€™s an overview of the WIAA state high school Class 4A girls basketball tournament taking place Wednesday-Saturday at the Tacoma Dome:
WEDNESDAY GAMES (winner to Thursday quarterfinals, loser out)
No. 14 Camas (16-11) vs. No. 6 Glacier Peak (20-4), 9 a.m.
Winner: Plays No. 4 Chiawana (23-3), 9 a.m.
No. 10 Bellarmine Prep (20-5) vs. No. 2 Beamer (23-3)r, 10:30 a.m.
Winner: Plays No. 1 Woodinville (26-0), 10:30 a.m.
No. 12 Issaquah (19-9) vs. No. 5 Kentridge (23-5), 12:15 p.m.
Winner: Plays No. 3 Central Valley (20-3), 12:15 p.m.
No. 9 Moses Lake (19-3) vs. No. 8 Rogers of Puyallup (22-4), 2 p.m.
Winner: Plays No. 7 Union (20-5), 2 p.m.
Is this Woodinvilleâ€™s time to cut down the nets?
Not sure how anybody can pick against the Falcons at this point. They are the lone unbeaten in 4A, and have beaten a slew of 4A statebound teams (Beamer, Issaquah, Glacier Peak, Kentridge, Rogers) along the way. The only question is how will the Falconsâ€™ lack of depth hold up playing for three consecutive days. Workhorses Mia Hughes and Veronica Sheffey will make sure that isnâ€™t an issue.
Itâ€™s an even-numbered year, so will Central Valley rule Saturday night?
In 2016, the 4A Greater Spokane League powerhouse beat Snohomish for the 4A title. And two year ago, the Bears handled Woodinville. Can they do it again? They might not generate a whole lot of offense, but they just find ways to win games under first-year coach Felice Orrell, a Central Valley alum. Donâ€™t be alarmed if they finish the deed.
People have dismissed Glacier Peak after back-to-back losses. Not smart
There is a reason why the Grizzlies were everyoneâ€™s preseason No. 1 ranked team – they are good, and just waiting to get on another roll. Forward Maya Erling is the tournamentâ€™s best player nobody has heard of, and point guard Aaliyah Collins is a game-changer on defense. The way Glacier Peak delivers knockout runs in games, it certainly has a puncherâ€™s chance.
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
G Aaliyah Alexander, Beamer, sr.
G Aaliyah Collins, Glacier Peak, jr.
F Mia Hughes, Woodinville, jr.
G Mason Oberg, Union, sr.
G Talia Von Oelhoffen, Chiawana, jr.
FIRST-ROUND MATCHUP TO KEEP AN EYE ON
Moses Lake vs. Rogers of Puyallup: If you like watching scoring guards go at it, this could be a doozy. Moses Lakeâ€™s Madisyn Clark, the CBBN player of the year, is dynamite off the dribble. Rogers-Puyallupâ€™s Raigan Barrett, a UW softball signee, is a fearless shooter from all over. Whichever guard piles up the points should lead her respective team to a win.
Glacier Peak 62, Camas 49
Bellarmine Prep 56, Beamer 55
Kentridge 61, Issaquah 57
Moses Lake 74, Rogers-Puyallup 70
Glacier Peak 67, Chiawana 63
Woodinville 57, Bellarmine Prep 55
Central Valley 55, Kentridge 47
Moses Lake 66, Union 60
Woodinville 64, Glacier Peak 63
Central Valley 58, Moses Lake 51
Woodinville 70, Central Valley 61
Daily: $15 for adults, and $12 for students/senior citizens (Wed.-Fri.) $16 for adults, $13 for students/senior citizens. (Sat.)
Weeklong: $38 for adults, $30 for students/senior citizens (Thu-Sat.). $50 for adults, $39 for students/senior citizens (Wed.-Sat.)