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Bracket Breakdown

NEXT UP: What’s the Outlook for Each Team in This Weekend’s Regional Games
By The Chronicle
It’s never too early to look ahead — especially if you’re not the one playing the game.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s on the line this weekend for each of our eight local prep basketball teams in their regional games.

GIRLS
W.F. West (2As, #2 RPI)
Opponent: Lynden (17-7), the defending State 2A champ and District 1/2 third-place team (#7 RPI)
The Game: Friday, 6 p.m., at Tumwater HS
Then What: The winner plays again on March 1, in the first round of the double-elimination state tournament, against the winner of Game 12. Game 12 features the winner of the Liberty/Black Hills regional game (#16 vs. #9 RPI) and the loser of the White River/East Valley (Spokane) game (#8 vs. #1 RPI). The Bearcats have already beaten Black Hills three times this year and White River once. … The loser plays a loser-out game on Feb. 28 in Yakima against the winner of the Fife/Washougal regional (#15 vs. #10 RPI).
The Outlook: A win puts the Bearcats in the same half of the bracket as #3 Burlington-Edison (provided B-E wins Saturday against Wapato), and they already beat B-E by 15 back on Dec. 2.

Napavine (2Bs, #4 RPI)
Opponent: Colfax (19-4), the District 7 champ (#5 RPI)
The Game: Friday, 6 p.m., at W.F. West HS
Then What: The winner plays again on March 1, in the first round of the double-elimination state tournament, against the winner of Game 9. Game 9 features the winner of the Friday Harbor/Tri-Cities Prep regional game (#14 vs. #11 RPI) and the loser of the White Swan/Wahkiakum regional (#6 vs. #3). The Tigers have already beaten Wahkiakum this season. … The loser plays a loser-out game on Feb. 28 in Spokane against the winner of the Mossyrock/Brewster regional (#13 vs. #12 RPI).
The Outlook: A win puts the Tigers in the same half of the bracket as #1 Ilwaco (provided Ilwaco beats #8 RPI LaConner on Saturday), to which they lost the District 4 championship by a point last Saturday.

Mossyrock (2Bs, #13 RPI)
Opponent: Brewster (18-3), District 5/6 fifth-place team (#12 RPI)
The Game: Saturday, 2 p.m., at Wenatchee HS
Then What: The winner plays again on Feb. 28, in the play-in round of the state tournament, against the loser of the Colfax/Napavine (#5 vs. #4 RPI) regional game. The Vikings lost to Napavine, 64-35, in the regular season. … The loser is eliminated.
The Outlook: Two tough loser-out games coming up for the Vikings in order to make the double-elimination state tournament.

BOYS
W.F. West (2As, #8 RPI)
Opponent: Lynden (18-6), the District 1/2 runner-up (#1 RPI)
The Game: Saturday, 6 p.m., at Mt. Vernon HS
Then What: The winner plays again on March 1 in the first round of the double-elimination state tournament, against the winner of Game 10. Game 10 features the Burlington-Edison/Fife winner (#15 vs. #10 RPI) and the Columbia River/Selah loser (#7 vs. #2 RPI). The Bearcats lost to Columbia River in the District 4 semifinals; Selah beat Lynden in the SunDome Shootout over Christmas Break, 69-52. … The loser plays on Feb. 28 in a play-in game in Yakima against the winner of the Cheney/North Kitsap (#16 vs. #9 RPI) regional game.
The Outlook: A win could put the Bearcats in the same half of the bracket as Mark Morris (which they already beat) or Mountlake Terrace, while a loss would mean a do-or-die game against a lower-seeded opponent on Feb. 28.

Toledo (2Bs, #3 RPI)
Opponent: Liberty (20-3), the District 7 runner up (#6 RPI)
The Game: Saturday, 2 p.m., at W.F. West HS
Then What: The winner plays again on March 1 in the first round of the double-elimination state tournament, against the winner of Game 11. Game 11 features the Friday Harbor/Oroville winner (#13 vs. #12 RPI) and the Morton-White Pass/Adna loser (#5 vs. #4 RPI). Toledo lost to Adna, 63-40, in the regular season, and beat MWP 57-49 in the regular season, but lost 49-37 to the Timberwolves in the district consolation semifinals. … The loser plays on Feb. 28 in a play-in game in Spokane against the winner of the Crosspoint/Colfax (#14 vs. #11 RPI) regional game.
The Outlook: A win means Toledo could see the MWP/Adna loser in the first round on Thursday, while a loss means Toledo could see the MWP/Adna winner in the first round on Thursday.

Adna (21-2, #4 RPI, Dist. 4 champ) vs. Morton-White Pass (20-5, #5 RPI, third place in Dist. 4)
The Game: Friday, 8 p.m., at W.F. West HS
Then What: The winner plays again on March 1 in the first round of the double-elimination state tournament, against the winner of Game 9. Game 9 features the Crosspoint/Colfax winner (#14 vs. #11 RPI) and the Toledo/Liberty loser (#3 vs. #6 RPI). Adna beat Toledo, 63-40, in the regular season; MWP lost to Toledo, 57-49, in the regular season, but beat the Indians 49-37 in the district tournament. … The loser plays on Feb. 28 in a play-in game in Spokane against the winner of the Friday Harbor/Oroville (#13 vs. #12 RPI) regional game. Adna beat Oroville, 69-23, in the Chelan Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.
The Outlook: The winner winds up on the same side of the bracket as top-ranked, defending state champ Kittitas (provided Kittitas wins its regional game with Brewster); the loser needs to win another game, and then likely winds up in the same half of the bracket as undefeated St. George’s, provided St. George’s beats Toutle Lake in Saturday’s regional game.

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