At the Tacoma Dome
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ROUND
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3:45 p.m.: No. 8 Seattle Prep (18-8) vs. No. 10 Timberline (18-7)
Winner vs. No. 3 Lincoln (25-0), 3:45 p.m. Thursday
5:30 p.m.: No. 9 Shorecrest (22-2) vs. No. 7 Stanwood (21-3)
Winner vs. No. 1 Nathan Hale (26-0), 5:30 p.m. Thursday
7:15 p.m.: Wilson (19-6) vs. Capital (22-4)
Winner vs. No. 4 West Seattle (20-6), 7:15 p.m. Thursday
9 p.m.: Bellevue (20-7) vs. No. 5 Rainier Beach (20-8)
Winner vs. No. 2 Garfield (21-5), 9 p.m. Thursday
G Daejon Davis, Garfield, sr.
G Jaylen Nowell, Garfield, sr.
G Kevin Porter Jr., Rainier Beach, jr.
F Michael Porter Jr., Nathan Hale, sr.
G Nate Pryor, West Seattle, sr.
1. Nathan Hale (26-0): Thought Seattle’s Metro League was already loaded? Then Nathan Hale happened. Add the No. 1 high school player in the nation in the form of a 6-foot-10 forward, Michael Porter Jr. (37.2 ppg, 13.3 rpg), and a former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy as a coach and that’s a recipe for the No. 1 team in the country.
2. Garfield (21-5): Clover Park graduate Ed Haskins had his run of back-to-back state titles end last year with a semifinal loss to Rainier Beach. Can he get back to title game in a final run with senior UW signees Jaylen Nowell (20.5 ppg) and Daejon Davis (16.2 ppg, 8.6 apg, 4.4 spg)?
3. Lincoln (25-0): The Abes are 25-0 for first time since 1976 starting three energetic guards in 3A PCL MVP Trevante Anderson (18 ppg, 5 rpg, 4 apg), Emmett Linton III and Le’Zjon Bonds and two athletic big men in 6-foot-6 Willie Thomas (3A PCL defensive POY) and 6-4 Anthony Braggs Jr. All are juniors.
4. West Seattle (20-6): The Wildcats are playing in the Tacoma Dome for the second time in school history, last winning a state playoff game in 1970. They have the WIBCA 3A player of the year in PG Nate Pryor, a Seattle U signee, and a pair of 6-foot-8 posts in Abdullahi Mohamed and Yusuf Mohamed.
5. Rainier Beach (20-8): The Vikings lost to Nathan Hale by four points on Feb. 18, then by nine on Saturday. Could coach Mike Bethea have a repeat state-title run in these Beach boys? If Kevin Porter Jr. (20.5 ppg, 11 rpg) keeps his do-everything-pace up, maybe they do.
6. Seattle Prep (18-8): The under-the-radar Panthers could be lethal in the Tacoma Dome. Especially with their twin towers — 6-foot-10 Nic Lynch and 6-foot-9 Collin Welp, the son of the late UW legend Christian Welp. But G Aaron Nettles and his long-distance range makes Seattle Prep a complete team.
7. Stanwood (21-3): Don’t count the Spartans out from competing in this Metro League-heavy state tournament. They were leading Garfield at halftime last week before losing 83-76. Chase Strieby (16.9 ppg) and AJ Martinka (15.5 ppg) are back from Stanwood’s Tacoma Dome trip a year ago.
8. Shorecrest (22-2): A year after playing in 2A, the Scots have fared just fine in 3A behind 6-foot-2 senior guard Malcolm Rosier-Butler (18.3 ppg) and 6-foot-8 senior center Philip Pepple (15.6 ppg). They reached the 2A state title game last year, losing to Clarkston.
9. Timberline (18-7): The Blazers enter the Tacoma Dome for the first time since 2013 after three consecutive regional loser-out exits. Erik Stevenson (20.3 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.2 apg) has turned it up a notch in the postseason, scoring at least 20 points in six of his past seven games.
10. Wilson (19-6): Coach Dave Alwert is finally starting to see his Rams truly play like a team instead of individual stars. And why not at the perfect time? They’ve won five of their past six games, including stunning sixth-ranked Shadle Park on Saturday behind 6-foot-7 forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. (24 ppg, 10 rpg).
11. Bellevue (20-7): First the Wolverines had to survive a loser-out game against Kamiakin, then another loser-out regional against Squalicum. But to advance past the first round, they need one more loser-out win over familiar state-foe Rainier Beach.
12. Capital (22-4): The Cougars might be down without 3A SSC MVP TJ Mickelson. Just don’t count them out. Before losing to undefeated Lincoln in the state regional on Saturday they had won seven of eight games since Mickelson broke his collarbone. Chris Penner (19 ppg, 4 rpg) has stepped up.
At the Tacoma Dome
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ROUND
9 a.m.: West Seattle vs. No. 7 Lincoln
Winner vs. Stanwood, 9 a.m. Thursday
10:30 a.m.: No. 5 Lynnwood vs. No. 8 Gig Harbor
Winner vs. No. 1 Bishop Blanchet, 10:30 a.m. Thursday
12:15 p.m.: Seattle Prep vs. No. 6 Bellevue
Winner vs. Snohomish, 12:15 p.m. Thursday
2 p.m.: Bethel vs. No. 4 Mercer Island
Winner vs. No. 2 Kamiakin, 2 p.m. Thursday
G Tianna Brown, Bethel, jr.
F Jadyn Bush, Bishop Blanchet, sr.
F Anna Luce, Mercer Island, sr.
G Brynna Maxwell, Gig Harbor, so.
F Oumou Toure, Kamiakin, so.
1. Bishop Blanchet (23-1): Jadyn Bush has been the staple of Blanchet’s frontcourt for the past four years. She’s always been smooth and skilled but the Harvard signee is stronger this year. The Braves were undefeated until losing to Mercer Island in the SeaKing district title game, only to avenge the loss last week in the state regional.
2. Kamiakin (23-1): Athletic, strong, relentless on the glass – and just a sophomore. If Oumou Toure (22.4 ppg) has one more of those 33-point games like she had in a regional overtime victory over Gig Harbor on Saturday, she will surpass 1,000 points for her career – and she’s just a sophomore.
3. Mercer Island (20-6): F Anna Luce (26.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg) has the Islanders hunting for their first state title in school history. She already owns the school’s record for career points with 1,614 and was the 3A KingCo MVP. She scored a season-high 38 points against West Seattle on Feb. 18.
4. Lynnwood (20-4): These are not the same Royals who reached the 3A state semifinals last year. They lost state player of the year Mikayla Pivec to Oregon State and coach Everett Edwards stepped down. Yet here the Royals are, back in the Tacoma Dome, led by Kaprice Boston (14 ppg) and Kelsey Rogers (12.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg).
5. Gig Harbor (20-4): With Maddie Willett, the 3A SSC MVP and junior forward, and Brynna Maxwell, a sophomore point guard averaging 18 points, seven rebounds and five steals per game, the Tides are hoping to win their first state tournament game since 2006. And maybe win their first state title.
6. Stanwood (20-4): The Spartans started the season with 12 consecutive victories and on Saturday beat Bellevue to earn a bye into the state quarterfinals. Ashley Alter (15.9 ppg), Kaitlin Larson (11.8 ppg, 8 rpg) and Jillian Heichel (10.1 ppg) are Stanwood’s top scorers and are all juniors.
7. Bellevue (21-4): The Wolverines may not be the same squad as last year — which won the state title behind Anna Wilson, the younger sister of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson who is now at Stanford — but coach Noah Wulbert has them playing some of their best basketball led by Ann-Marie Jacobs (13.8 ppg).
8. Lincoln (19-6): The Abes aren’t going to run an offensive showcase most nights. But they lock down defensively with their length and athleticism. Kondalia Montgomery (8 ppg, 10 rpg, 4 spg) was the 3A PCL defensive player of the year and is the younger sister of WNBA player/Lincoln grad Alex Montgomery.
9. Snohomish (18-6): A year after reaching the 4A state title game, coach Ken Roberts has the Panthers back in the Tacoma Dome for the 3A tournament, led by a pair of sophomores in Kyra Beckman (12.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and Maya Duchesne (10.8 ppg, 2.6 apg).
10. Seattle Prep (20-7): So how did the Panthers keep third-ranked Prairie out of the Tacoma Dome with a regional win? They did so behind 6-foot senior Chinwe Ezeonu (12.2 ppg, 10.9 rpg). They’ve won four of their past five games.
11. West Seattle (20-4): Last year, they had the tallest girls basketball player in the state, 6-foot-6 Lydia Giomi. She’s now at the University of Oregon. Now the Wildcats rely on a pair of quick sophomore guards, Jazz Gayles (13.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg) and Grace Sarver (10.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg).
12. Bethel (20-5): The Braves are in the Tacoma Dome for the first time since 2005 after edging Wilson in Saturday’s state regional round. They’ve got here behind sisters Tianna Brown, a junior averaging 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals and freshman Tiarra Brown.
TJ Cotterill: email@example.com