Squalicum vs. River Ridge
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Puyallup High School
Squalicum Storm (19-4)
2014-16 enrollment: 953.1
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League: Northwest Conference (tied for third)
District: Northwest (second)
State appearances: 11 (20-14)
State titles: 2 (2009, 2010)
Coach: Dave Dickson
Scouting the Storm: Squalicum was ranked No. 4 in the final 2A poll, but the Storm has lost two of its last four games to Lynden in the regular-season finale and Shorecrest in the district title game. Squalicum was without leading scorer Westbrook throughout the second half and overtime of its 62-56 loss to the Scots on Saturday.
Key to the game: The availability of Westbrook. Squalicum’s offense stalled without him after he suffered an apparent knee injury Saturday. If he can go, the Storm is much more dynamic.
Player to watch: Mitchell and Powell are plenty capable of taking over a game if Westbrook isn’t full strength.
River Ridge Hawks (21-2)
2014-16 enrollment: 818.1
League: South Puget Sound (first)
District: West Central/SeaKing (third)
State appearances: 10 (11-14)
State titles: None
Coach: John Barbee
Scouting the Hawks: The Hawks have plenty of players that can score, as no fewer than eight players are averaging more than seven points per game. It’s not surprising, therefore, they were ranked No. 1 in the final 2A poll. River Ridge is beatable, though, as evidenced by its 66-55 loss to Liberty in the bi-district semifinals.
Key to the game: Staying consistent. A poor shooting second half led to River Ridge’s loss to Liberty in the bi-district semifinals, and it can’t afford that against Squalicum.
Player to watch: Key was selected the 2A SPSL MVP, and at point guard, he is the key to good ball movement for the Hawks.
Neither team has a whole lot of height, but River Ridge did beat the Storm 72-50 last year in the third-place game at state.