Gerardo Bolong
James Jolly holds the ball against Auburn Mountainview.

Kennedy to regionals

Contributing Writer

LAKEWOOD - Speed spurred Kennedy Catholic to a 60-41 destruction of Auburn Mountainview in a loser-out game of the 2015 West Central/Southwest bi-district boys basketball tournament on Thurs., Feb. 17, on the court at Clover Park High School to earn a Feb. 21 winner to state regionals, loser-out match up against Peninsula.

"We executed better in the second half," said Lancer head coach Don Hoffman. "We attacked the basket, got to the rim more and were quicker."

Auburn Mountainview shot well to take a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, but, beginning with Michael Sasonoff's quarter ending 3-pointer, and concluding with five straight points by A.J. McGrew to open the second quarter, the running Lancers tied the score at 12-all.

Scrapping evenly, the teams fought on until James Jolly's driving basket sent Kennedy into the intermission with a 20-18 lead.

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Warriors to loser-out

By Gerardo Bolong

SUMNER - Temporary energy drains in the third quarter led to a Seattle Christian 43-33 loss to Nisqually 1A champion Cascade Christian in second round action at the West Central District III girls basketball tournament held at Sumner High School on Mon., Feb. 16.

SCS has to defeat Coupeville on Feb. 18 in Sumner at 6 p.m. Wednesday to stay in the tournament.

"We lost our energy (for awhile)," said Warrior head coach Dave Jansen. "We didn't run our offense well. By the time we got our energy back, it was too late."

Leading 20-17, Seattle Christian's defense gave up easy lay ups on pick and rolls to inside post player Savannah Hunter and outside shots to Trish Coltom as major parts of an 11-point opening Cougar surge.

Throughout most of the first half, the Warriors had limited the inside openings well.

"We knew what they were going to do," added Jansen. "They're just a good team. Savannah Hunter is probably the best post player in the league."

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Kurt Howard

SLIDESHOW: Sportswatch for the week of Feb. 25-March 3

By Tim Clinton

High schools

Boys basketball
Kennedy Catholic, Seattle Lutheran and Shorewood Christian will all be
involved in state regional action this coming Saturday.
JFK's Lancers play Stanwood in an 8 p.m. Class 3A game at Mount Vernon
High School, while Seattle Lutheran goes to Bellevue Community College
to battle the Yakama Tribal School in a 2 p.m. Class 1B game.
Shorewood Christian journeys to Tumwater to take on Taholah in a 10
a.m. Class 1B game.
Winners go on to the state final eight next Thursday through Saturday,
with the 3A action in the Tacoma Dome and the 1B action in Spokane.

Girls basketball
West Seattle plays Sumner in a girls Class 3A regional at 8 p.m.
Saturday at Renton High School.
The Wildcats are seeking a trip to the state tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

Spring sports
Tryouts for all spring action in Washington state open Monday.
Check with respective schools for specific information.

Pros and colleges

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