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5 Washington high school (WIAA) regional girls basketball games you should not have missed

A busy Saturday sees the Class 4A bracket turned on its head after eighth-seeded Emerald Ridge shocks reigning state champion Woodinville

Arvin Mosley thought he had enough friends before this weekend.

He just added a slew of supporters for his Emerald Ridge High School girls basketball team.

Why? The Jaguars shocked the world - and shook up the Class 4A tournament landscape.

Led by turnover-forcing defensive pressure and a breakout offensive game from Monique Carter, Emerald RIdge upended the Falcons, 67-58, in a regional-round game at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland.

The Jaguars broke open a close game in the fourth quarter behind Carter and Naomi Senato, who combined to tally 17 of the team's 23 points.

"Our girls came out locked-in defensively, and we scored a little bit," Mosley said. "It was really fun to see."

The loss sends Woodinville into the same side of the WIAA state bracket as No. 2 Camas - with the potential now of those two teams squaring off in the state quarterfinals Thursday.

Which might be a reason why Mosley saw so many text messages and missed calls on his phone after the game - from folks with whom he wasn't all that familiar.

"We've got some fans," Mosley said, "in some random places."


2022-23 Washington girls basketball: Mount Si at Bellarmine Prep, Class 4A regionals at Tacoma CC

If you think the Bellarmine Prep Lions are stewing over their No. 11 seed in the WIAA Class 4A girls basketball playoffs, guess again.

It's given them a great path to cover.

But first, the Lions had to take care of Mount Si - and did by a 73-43 score Saturday in the regional round at Tacoma Community College.

Sophomore Keiara Curtis scored a game-high 30 points, including 11 in the decisive third quarter in which the Lions broke away on a 13-3 run in the first 4:14 to grab a 51-30 lead.

Junior Kiara Stone added 19 points - 15 coming in the first half.

"We can play really well … when we are all connected," Curtis said.

Chelle Miller, the Lions' coach, figured when seeding was announced Sunday that her team would be on the 10-line.

It came up No. 11.

"I was like, 'That is kind of weird,'" Miller said. "Then I looked at who we had, and I don't think it could have been any better."


Teryn Gardner, Mead girls basketball, class of 2024

In a matchup of two of the most pressure-oriented programs in the Class 3A ranks - the Panthers proved again they play faster in Spokane.

Teryn Gardner poured in a game-high 30 points, and the Panthers utilized a hefty advantage at the free-throw line to turn away Lincoln of Tacoma, 80-68, at West Valley High School in Spokane Valley.

A year ago, these teams met in the regional round - won 76-30 by Mead.

"I do like playing in Spokane," Mead girls coach Quantae Anderson said.

This game also featured touted Abes' ninth grader Oliviyah Edwards, who led her team with 13 points.

But a pair of Panthers freshmen - Addison Morrison (daughter of former Zags' star Adam Morrison) and Reese Frederick - were also up to the task. Morrison scored 20 points while Frederick added 14.

"Oliviyah is a baller, but Addy showed she is also a baller, and deserves to be looked at by those Power 5 (programs)," Anderson said.

"We made (Edwards) work for a lot of her stuff."

Mead made 32 of 35 free throw attempts, including a 17-of-17 performance by Gardner.


Samara Morrow, Arlington girls basketball, class of 2024

Samara Morrow scored a team-high 25 points, and second-seeded Arlington turned on the jets to run by No. 7 seed Lakeside of Seattle, 75-63, in the Eagles' gymnasium.

The win also means Arlington avoids a potential Class 3A quarterfinal matchup against two-time defending champion Garfield.

The Lions do not. If they beat Auburn Mountainview in a loser-out game Wednesday, they would have Round 3 against their Metro League rival Thursday.

The unsung hero for the Eagles on Saturday was Kierra Reese, a 6-foot sophomore who scored 22 points - most of it coming in the first half when the hosts were flat.

"She can score, she can pass - she has the talent," Arlington girls coach Joe Marsh said. "Tonight, she was great.

"When she plays like that, and when Samara plays like that, we are tough to beat."

Mia Broom led all scorers for the Lions with 32 points.


Returning Class 1A semifinalist Montesano got the nod by the WIAA seeding committee Sunday, grabbing not only the No. 4 seed - but also a near-home game.

Fifth-seeded King's controlled the action, however, from start to finish in a 51-37 victory at Tumwater High School.

Kaleo Anderson and Catherine Ellard led all scorers with 15 points apiece for the Knights. Ellard scored all of her points on 3-pointers.

But the story was the King's defense, which bottled up Montesano standout McKynnlie Dalan, who tallied just two points on free throws.

"I've never run a box-and-one (defense) in my entire life, but I noticed in the dozen games of theirs I watched, the only person that makes (3-pointers) is McKynnlie," King's girls coach Dan Taylor said.

"We dared everybody else to shoot and packed it in. McKynnlie just couldn't get clean looks. Our girls played amazing defense."

Evanjillie Dalan led the Bulldogs with 12 points and eight rebounds while Jaiden King had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The Knights will play the Zillah-Deer Park winner in the state quarterfinals in Yakima. Montesano opens with Seattle Academy in a loser-out state game.