High School Basketball

Class 1A Girl’s Basketball State Tournament Capsules

Bellevue Christian Vikings

Enrollment: 249

League: Nisqually 1A (finished second)

District: 3 (placed second)

State appearances: 10 (14-16)

State titles: None

Coach: Mark DeJonge

Regional result: Beat Seattle Academy 38-33

Scouting report: Sophomore Rachel Berg scored a team-high 13 points, while freshman Nichole Bloch added 11 in Bellevue Christian’s regional win over Seattle Academy. Bloch had three 3-pointers in the game. The Vikings led throughout, but Seattle Academy cut the lead to as little as three with 32 seconds left, and BC converted enough free throws to move onto the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Rachel Berg G So. 5-9 12.8
Nichole Bloch G Fr. 5-7 7.2
Emily VandenBrink C Jr. 6-0 5.8
Sperry McQuaid G So. 5-6 5.5
Kathleen Crosby G Fr. 5-9 4.9

Cashmere Bulldogs

Enrollment: 347

League: Caribou Trail 1A (finished first)

District: 6 (placed first)

State appearances: 6 (9-11)

State titles: None

Coach: Brent Darnell

Regional result: Beat Kiona Benton 56-25

Scouting report: The Bulldogs advanced to the 1A state semifinals last year before falling to eventual champion Lynden Christian 31-26. They ended up placing third. Cashmere still has a relatively young roster, with Breanne Knishka the only senior on the team. She leads the Bulldogs with 21.5 points per game. Her team has won three postseason games by 82 points combined so far this year.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Breanne Knishka W 5-10 Sr. 21.5
Abbie Johnson W 6-0 So. 12.8
Sydnee Monegeon W 5-8 So. 6.6
Cami Knishka W 5-8 Fr. 6.5
Sami Sykes P 5-7 So. 4.5

Granger Spartans

Enrollment: 307

League: SCAC West 1A (finished first)

District: 5 (placed first)

State appearances: 9 (19-14)

State titles: None

Coach: Andy Affholter

Regional result: Beat Nooksack Valley 62-44

Scouting report: Granger heads to the quarterfinals for a second straight year, after it lost to eventual champion Lynden Christian 63-40 last year. The Spartans rebounded to finish sixth. Granger managed to pull away from Nooksack Valley late in the regional, using a 24-7 run. Alexis Castro led the way with 22 points, while Angelica Oliveros scored 18. Granger is young, as Oliveros is one of only two seniors on the team.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Angelica Oliveros G Sr. 5-4 11.9
Alexis Castro G So. 5-2 15.8
Sierra Heitzman G Jr. 5-3 n/a
Vanessa Vasquez G Jr. 5-5 n/a
Paige Blodgett P Sr. 5-8 n/a

King’s Knights

Enrollment: 368

League: Cascade Conference (finished first)

District: 1/2 (placed first)

State appearances: 20 (44-24)

State titles: 3 (1997, 2005, ’06)

Coach: Dan Taylor

Regional result: Beat Kalama 52-40

Scouting report: The top-ranked Knights battled past No. 7 Kalama in the regional thanks in part to a double-double from Savanna Hanson (14 points, 12 rebounds). Her younger sister, Daylee, added 16 points. King’s is appearing in the quarterfinals for the third straight year after a runner-up performance last year, when they lost to Lynden Christian in the 1A championship game.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Savanna Hanson G Sr. 6-0 14.4
Daylee Hanson G Jr. 5-11 11.7
Ashley Osborn G Sr. 5-8 10.5
Anna Parker F Jr. 5-9 n/a
Kendall Adams F Jr. 5-9 n/a

Zillah Leopards

Enrollment: 319

League: SCAC West 1A (finished second)

District: 5 (placed second)

State appearances: 18 (25-29)

State titles: None

Coach: Brandie Valdez

Regional result: Beat Colville 41-37

Scouting report: Abbie Myers converted a 3-point play with 1:25 to secure a Leopards regional win over Colville. Zillah forced 19 turnovers in the first half of the game, but had to stave off a second-half comeback. Trista Takes Enemy led the team with 17 points in the game. It marked the Leopards’ first regional win in three tries and sent them to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Trista Takes Enemy G So. 5-6 n/a
Alexcis Higginbotham G Sr. 5-8 n/a
Samantha Bowman C Fr. 6-2 n/a
Megan True F So. 5-8 n/a
Maci Favilla G So. 5-3 n/a

Cascade Christian Cougars

Enrollment: 243

League: Nisqually 1A (finished first)

District: 3 (placed first)

State appearances: 18 (30-29)

State titles: None

Coach: Bryan Peterson

Regional result: Beat La Center 43-37

Scouting report: Tristen Coltom led the way with 23 points, while Savannah Hunter scored nine in the Cougars’ regional win over La Center. The Cougars have played strong defense of late, limiting opponents to 37 or fewer points in each other past five games (all wins). Cascade Christian advanced to the regional round for the first time in three tries and made the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Tristen Coltom G So. 5-6 13.9
Savannah Hunter F Sr. 5-11 13.1
Hailey Brandner G So. 5-7 6.3
Holly Suggs G Sr. 5-6 4.9
Kiriana Shelton W So. 5-9 4.3

Lakeside Eagles

Enrollment: 410

League: Northeast 1A (finished first)

District: 7 (placed first)

State appearances: 14 (27-20)

State titles: 2 (1998, 2001)

Coach: Bryan Peterson

Regional result: Beat Naches Valley 63-44

Scouting report: The third-ranked Eagles were never seriously challenged in their regional, as they got balanced scoring from Jocelyn Cook-Cox (12 points, 10 rebounds), Stefanie Marikis (11 points, 9 rebounds) and Kelsey Jones (10 points, 3 assists). Though Cook-Cox leads the team, Lakeside’s balance has made it difficult on opponents all season. This marks the Eagles’ first trip to the quarterfinals since 2011.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Jocelyn Cook-Cox F Sr. 5-8 12.8
Sienna Swannack G Fr. 5-7 7.8
Shaye Swannack G Jr. 5-8 7.2
Lindy Jacobson G Sr. 5-10 6.5
Kelsey Jones G Sr. 5-8 6.0

Lynden Christian Lyncs

Enrollment: 251

League: Northwest Conference (finished first)

District: 1/2 (placed third)

State appearances: 34 (102-30)

State titles: 10 (1979, ’80, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’96, ’98, ’99, 2008, ’14)

Coach: Brady Bomber

Regional result: Beat Montesano 49-33

Scouting report: The Lyncs find themselves three wins shy of defending a state title for the fifth time in school history. Defense played a key role for LC, as it handed Montesano its first loss in the regional. Kara Bajema had a big game with 24 points and eight rebounds, and Haley Hollander had 12 points. 6-foot-4 Sara Dougan, who scored 10, can be a matchup problem.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Kara Bajema F Jr. 6-1 14.8
Sara Dougan P Sr. 6-4 10.3
Hailey Hollander G Jr. 5-10 7.3
Sam Van Loo P Fr. 6-0 4.5
Makayla Lancaster G Sr. 5-6 4.4
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