3A girls basketball: Freshman Matz leads Wilson past Kennedy

Staff writerFebruary 22, 2014 

Wilson freshman Josie Matz might have ice in her veins.

That’s what Kennedy Catholic of the Seamount Conference learned Friday night in the Class 3A West Central-Southwest Bi-District semifinals at Clover Park High School.

Matz scored a game-high 22 points to help the Narrows League Rams route the Lancers, 66-44.

Wilson will face Prairie – which defeated Lincoln, 60-49 – in the Bi-District finals at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pacific Lutheran University.

“It’s a young group (we have) and they’re playing really well right now,” Wilson coach Michelle Birge said. “Matz has been really strong for us in recent games.”

Kennedy had no answer for the young point guard who laced shot after shot and gave Wilson all the momentum.

Matz got hot early in the third quarter. She made three consecutive 3-point shots to kickstart a 12-0 Rams run. Matz made 4 of 4 shots from beyond the arc for the game.

“The intensity was high and I just knew I had do what I had to do,” Matz said. “I always look to score, but important also as a point guard (is) to make sure I get assists … (I try) to look for open players and make sure they get their shot just as much as I do.”

Matz also finished with five assists to help teammates Violet Morrow (12 points, seven rebounds) and Kiara Knox (18 points, 13 rebounds) get some good looks of their own.

“It feels good knowing (Wilson) relies on me a lot,” Matz said. “They trust me as a freshman and don’t worry about what I do.”

Prairie 60, Lincoln 49: The fourth-ranked Falcons jumped to a double-digit lead on the Abes early in the second-half and never let up in their Class 3A West Central-Southwest Bi-District semifinal win.

Sumner 46, Port Angeles 29: Anna Hurd and Jamie Lange helped the fourth-ranked 2A SPSL Spartans pick up a decisive win over the Olympic League Roughriders in the Class 2A West Central-Southwest Bi-District semifinals at Curtis High School.

White River 48, Renton 39: Amanda Lance and Kendall Bird sparked No. 9 White River’s offense in its win against the Indians in the Class 2A West Central-Southwest Bi-District semifinals at Curtis.

Lance led all scorers with 23 points while Bird chipped in 18 in the Hornets win. White River will play Sumner for the Bi-District championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pacific Lutheran University.

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