Gig Harbor High girls basketball coach Bob Boback told me a couple weeks ago that this year's Tides team is representing the most remarkable turnaround for any team he's coached in 20 years.
Well, the Tides' turnaround from an 0-7 start is complete. They've won nine of their last 13 games, including Monday's 64-62 upset victory at Central Kitsap. That evened their Narrows League record at 6-6, and when CK beat Olympia 61-38 on Wednesday, the Tides clinched the No. 4 seed to the Class 4A West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament.
The girls portion of the bi-district tourney opens Tuesday, and Gig Harbor will learn its first opponent Thursday night. The Tides will meet the South Puget Sound League's No. 2 seed, which will be either Mount Rainier (19-1) or Beamer (17-3). Those teams meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
Gig Harbor hasn't been to the bi-district tourney since 2009, and have missed the postseason entirely in the past two seasons. The Narrows League tourney that used to precede the West Central District event is now extinct.
The Narrows ended up being a pretty even league all around, whether you're talking boys or girls. Yelm's girls captured the league title and top seed with Wednesday's win over Bellarmine Prep, which took the No. 2 seed. Central Kitsap is the third seed.
And, amazingly, Gig Harbor is one of only three teams to beat Yelm all season (Enumclaw and CK are the others). The Tides did that on their home court Jan. 4 (49-42).
On the boys' side, Bellarmine Prep earned the top seed, followed by Stadium, South Kitsap and Olympia.
Here's a look at the complete bi-district brackets for boys and girls
I'll have coverage of Tuesday's girls game, wherever Gig Harbor ends up playing, and you can follow my live updates on Twitter @gateway_neil.