State Basketball: Day 1 Recap, Day 2 Schedule
Well, then. The first day of state basketball tournament action provided dunks (thanks, Matt Poquette), scoring outbursts (well done, Melissa Lee), someone surviving yet another loser-out game (good work, Toledo) and an overtime game won at the free-throw line (tip of the cap, Jordan Thomas). You can check out all of our Day 1 coverage above; there’s stories, photos, a box score and some video highlights in there with most of it.
Now, for the important stuff: Thursday’s games! First up, Napavine plays Wahkiakum at 12:15 p.m. in the Spokane Arena, and while the Tigers aren’t entirely healthy (Mollie Olson’s not 100 percent after the bronchitis issue), they beat the Mules by 40 in the regular season. Tiger coach Jeremy Landram refuses to wear a bow tie to mess with Wahkiakum coach Rob Garrett, who also refuses to wear a bow tie, but has said he’ll wear the exact same clothes he wore in their first meeting on Thursday. I don’t know what kind of mental advantage that’ll give anyone. The winner plays either defending state champ Davenport or Life Christian on Friday in the semifinals.
In 2B boys action Toledo and Adna play at 3:45 p.m. in the state quarterfinals. Adna won this one by 20 in the regular season, which has somehow been the only time they’ve played this year. Meanwhile Adna’s played MWP four times so far and Toledo’s played Toutle Lake three times. And Toutle Lake plays top-ranked Kittitas at 5:30 p.m., with the winners meeting up in the semifinals. Talk about fun! (I cannot guarantee any of these games will be fun.)
On the other side of the 2B bracket, MWP’s got Liberty, which is a pretty big, athletic, physical team, as we saw in Liberty’s win over Toledo in regionals. It’s worth noting that Matt Poquette scored 28 points on Wednesday, dunked twice (the second one was much cooler), carried the offensive load in both halves (28 of MWP’s 48 points), guarded Friday Harbor’s best player (Marshall Clark), dealt with the usual gimmick defenses (a box-and-1 at one point) and never came out of the game, but really wasn’t all that out of the ordinary to anyone that’s watched MWP play more than a few times this year. It was fun to listen to an older guy sitting next to me on press row shout with glee every time he dunked, zipped a pass to a teammate for a wide-open layup or hit a 3, and it was a reminder that you get a little spoiled watching a 6-foot-6 future D2 basketball player at the 2B level. If I’d seen any other kid have the game Poquette had I would have been raving about it, but it’s what we’ve all come to expect from Poquette; he’s big, he’s slick, he never seems to get worked up or flustered on the court, and at this point you just figure he’s going to have a huge game every night. I’ve been watching the Poquette brothers play for six years now and it’ll be weird and kind of a bummer next year when MWP trots out a roster with no Poquettes.
In the other 2B game on Thursday, St. George’s plays Brewster in a matchup of teams you always see at state and always figure are pretty good. St. George’s, however, is undefeated, so they’re the favorite here.
And over in Yakima the Bearcat girls finally get to play, after sitting with a first-round bye yesterday. They’ll take on … wait for it … it’s a really exotic team, the kind of team you get pumped to play at state, and definitely not a team they’ve seen already … Just kidding, they get to play Black Hills for the eighth time in two seasons. They play at 2 p.m. W.F. West has won their three meetings this year by, oh, a combined 80 points or so.
The Bearcat boys, meanwhile, ousted North Kitsap in overtime last night and get to play Selah on Thursday in yet another 9 p.m. game. Selah, you may recall, is led by ELIJAH PEPPER, who is good enough to get his name in capital letters. He’s a junior and I heard a rumor that one team threw a triangle-and-two defense at Selah with both non-triangle defenders on Pepper. He can shoot it, he can pass it, and he’s intense. W.F. West, however, is quite big, which as my colleague Matt Baide has pointed out is quite important in high school basketball.
Here’s yesterday’s scores and today’s schedule. Enjoy the games!
At Yakima SunDome
Renton 46, Pullman 38
Columbia River 58, Fife 51
Liberty (Issaquah) 64, Mountlake Terrace 48
W.F. West 60, North Kitsap 59 (OT)
Renton vs. Mark morris, 3:45 p.m.
Columbia River vs. Lynden, 5:30 p.m.
Liberty vs. Foss, 7:15 p.m.
W.F. West vs. Selah, 9 p.m.
North Kitsap 50, Burlington-Edison 47
Lynden 55, Washougal 46
East Valley-Yakima 53, Port Angeles 26
Black Hills 60, White River 46
N. Kitsap vs. Arch. Murphy, 9 a.m.
Lynden vs. East Valley (Spokane), 10:30 a.m.
Wapato vs. East Valley (Yakima), 12:15 p.m.
Black Hills vs. W.F. West, 2 p.m.
At Spokane Arena
Toledo 52, Colfax 37
Toutle Lake 60, White Swan 44
Morton-WP 48, Friday Harbor 40
Brewster 60, Life Chr. 55
Toledo vs. Adna, 3:45 p.m.
Toutle Lake vs. Kittitas, 5:30 p.m.
Morton-WP vs. Liberty, 7:15 p.m.
Brewster vs. St. George’s, 9 p.m.
Tri-Cities Prep 77, White Swan 63
St. George’s 45, Mabton 35
Napavine 62, Brewster 52
Life Chr. 55, La Conner 30
Tri-Cities Prep vs. Colfax, 9 a.m.
St. George’s vs. Ilwaco, 10:30 a.m.
Napavine vs. Wahkiakum, 12:15 p.m.
Life Christian vs. Davenport, 2 p.m.