State Tournament Primer

Here’s a brief look at the local squads that have advanced to the state tournaments.

4A BOYS CURTIS VIKINGS

Record: 24-2 overall, 14-2 in SPSL 4A South

Regional Result: Beat Thomas Jefferson 61-48

State opener: Feb. 28 vs. Newport – 9 a.m. – Tacoma Dome

Leading scorers (season): Dom Robinson – 14.8 points per game (386 total points); Andre Lewis – 13.9 points per game (361 total points)

Outlook: The Vikings got a decent draw, as they will hope to rely on their strong defense to shut down a Newport team that averages just 57 points per game. But the Knights have athletes, and the road only gets tougher if the Vikings win their first game as they will face the winner between Garfield and Bothell. They will need Robinson to continue hitting outside shots, and Lewis to create shots driving in the lane.

3A GIRLS WILSON LADY RAMS

Record: 21-2 overall, 12-0 in Narrows 3A

Regional Result: Beat Bonney Lake 56-26

State opener: Feb. 28 vs. Mercer Island – 10:30 a.m. – Tacoma Dome

Leading scorers (season): Bethany Montgomery – 16.3 points per game (376 total points); Tia Briggs – 12.8 points per game (294 total points)

Outlook: The Lady Rams are rolling behind veteran leaders Briggs and Montgomery, and the talented youth is also making a huge impact. If they can get past Mercer Island, which averages just 46 points per game, they will face either Seattle Prep or Kamiakin in the semifinals, with Cleveland – who beat the Rams earlier this season – as a possible matchup in the finals, should they get that far.

3A BOYS LINCOLN ABES

Record: 21-3 overall, 11-1 in Narrows 3A

Regional Result: Beat Columbia River 55-35

State opener: Feb. 28 vs. Mountlake Terrace – 7:15 p.m. – Tacoma Dome

Leading scorers (season): Ahmaad Rorie – 20.4 points per game (490 total points); Tre’Shaun Fletcher – 20.3 points per game (488 total points)

Outlook: It’s a rematch between the Abes and Hawks in the first round after Lincoln came back to beat Mountlake Terrace 60-59 earlier this season. Rorie and Fletcher can each simply take over the game at times, and they will contend with a deep Hawks squad, with four players averaging in double figures. It wouldn’t get any easier for the Abes in the semis, as they would take on the winner between Lakeside of Seattle and University of Spokane.

2A BOYS CLOVER PARK WARRIORS

Record: 20-6 overall, 12-2 in SPSL 2A

Regional Result: Beat Olympic 62-38

State opener: Feb. 28 vs. Anacortes – 2 p.m. – Yakima Valley SunDome

Leading scorers (season): David Crisp – 22.8 points per game (571 total points); Phillip Winston – 14.5 points per game (349 total points)

Outlook: The Warriors are peaking at the right time, led by the talented Crisp, who has the ability to score 30-plus points. The matchup against Anacortes should be interesting, and top-ranked Lynden most likely awaits in the semifinals should the Warriors advance. Big efforts from Winston, forward Xavier Means and Travis Parker will also be a must.

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