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2A high school girls and boys basketball preview: Thursday-Saturday at the Yakima Valley SunDome

2A BOYS

Thursday-Saturday at Yakima Valley SunDome

Thursday’s quarterfinal games

Game 1: Mark Morris (22-2) vs. Anacortes (19-5), 9 a.m.

Game 2: Sehome (17-8) vs. River Ridge (20-5), 10:30 a.m.

Game 3: Squalicum (17-7) vs. Olympic (18-8), 12:15 p.m.

Game 4: Clarkston (23-1) vs. Fife (16-9), 2 p.m.

Semifinals Friday

Game 5 (consolation): Loser 1 vs. Loser 2, 9 a.m.

Game 6 (consolation): Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, 10:30 a.m.

Game 7 (semifinal): Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 3:45 p.m.

Game 8 (semifinal): Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, 5:30 p.m.

Trophy Saturday

Fourth-sixth place: Winner 5 vs. Winner 6, 8 a.m.

Third-fifth place: Loser 7 vs. Loser 8, 11:15 a.m.

Championship: Winner 7 vs. Winner 8, 9 p.m.

The favorites: Mark Morris, Clarkston

Tournament lowdown: How balanced is this tournament’s field? Of the eight teams that survived regional weekend, only three teams (Mark Morris, Clarkston and Anacortes) were ranked in the final Associated Press statewide top 10 rankings. Six of the eight teams have at least five losses, and three teams come out of an ultracompetitive 3A/2A/1A Northwest Conference. Three also come from the West Central District 2/3 (Olympic, River Ridge, Fife). Fife, which finished third in the 2A SPSL won by River Ridge, upset Tumwater, 70-69, in the regional round. The tournament’s best game Thursday is the breakfast game between Mark Morris and Anacortes. The Monarchs already knocked out a Yakima-quality Lynden team at regionals. When Sehome and River Ridge face off at 10:30 a.m., it will be the first time Mariners coach AJ Labree faces his former college coach John Barbee. Labree played for Barbee at The Evergreen State College from 1998-01. The Hawks are seeking their first state trophy since placing third in 2009. Since being inserted into the starting lineup in late December, senior Thayer Murphy leads the Hawks in scoring (12.9 ppg).

2A GIRLS

Thursday-Saturday at Yakima Valley SunDome

Thursday’s quarterfinal games

Game 1: White River (22-3) vs. Mark Morris (22-2), 3:45 p.m.

Game 2: River Ridge (17-9) vs. Ellensburg (18-4), 5:30 p.m.

Game 3: W.F. West (20-3) vs. Lynden (17-7), 7:15 p.m.

Game 4: Sammamish (13-11) vs. East Valley (Spokane) (19-2), 9 p.m.

Semifinals Friday

Game 5 (consolation): Loser 1 vs. Loser 2, 12:15 p.m.

Game 6 (consolation): Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, 2 p.m.

Game 7 (semifinal): Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 7:15 p.m.

Game 8 (semifinal): Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, 9 p.m.

Trophy Saturday

Fourth-sixth place: Winner 5 vs. Winner 6, 9:30 a.m.

Third-fifth place: Loser 7 vs. Loser 8, 1 p.m.

Championship: Winner 7 vs. Winner 8, 7 p.m.

The favorites: Mark Morris, W.F. West

Tournament lowdown: No surprise here — will any team stop Mark Morris and W.F. West? Expect White River, which drew Mark Morris in the quarterfinals for a second straight year, to give all the Monarchs they can handle. There’s no shortage of Division I talent, either, between the clubs; MM features the UC-Davis-bound Eaton twins (Karley and Kourtney) while W.F. West has 2A Evergreen Conference MVP and Portland signee Julie Spencer and Tennessee State signee Tiana Parker, who’s had multiple triple-doubles this season. The two schools have met in the past two 2A title games. ... This is White River’s 14th state appearance, and the Hornets have two standouts in point guard Amanda Lance (16.0 ppg, 4.5 apg) and forward Kendall Bird (17.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg). ... Sammamish is the feel-good story entering the tournament; during the 2012-13 season, the Totems ended their 110-game league losing streak. Now, they’re Dome-bound. ... Perhaps no teams is hotter than River Ridge, winners of 14 of its past 16 games. In addition to point guard Makenna Schultz’s 21 points and 4.5 assists per game, senior post Savannah McGill averages a double-double (14.5 points, 12 rebounds) since returning from a broken finger.

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