Only two weeks remain in the league basketball season and very little has been settled in the Greater Spokane League. We know that Gonzaga Prep (15-2) is No. 1 among 4A schools and Shadle Park is a win away from being No. 1 among 3A teams. Behind them it’s anybody’s guess. Only team mathematically eliminated from post-season is University. East Valley kept itself slimly in the 3A hunt by beating the Titans and Mt. Spokane last weekend.
Also upcoming are district competitions for B teams. State 1B is just three weeks away. There’s no regional like last year. District 7 (Bi-County/Panorama Leagues) have four 1B and three 2B state berths. District 9 gets two and two.
State 4A eastern region has three state berths for boys and girls and 3A two this year. Great Northern League gets two teams to state (boys and girls). Northeast A combines with Caribou Trail League for three state spots.
4A district pits the No. 5 against the No. 4 in a loser-out game on Feb. 16. The winner will play Prep in double-elimination the next night. Central Valley (7-9) is the current No. 5. Caveat is the Bears are only a game out of second with four games left. Ferris, Lewis and Clark and Mead are all 8-8. No. 2 plays No. 3 in double elimination. Two advance to regional. As Bears coach Rick Sloan said, whoever’s hot at the end of the season will move on. Flip a coin.
Girls is a little more cut and dried. Lewis and Clark (16-0), winners of 49 straight, has a two-game lead over Mead, which has a two-game lead over Central Valley. That means the Panthers and Bears will meet and the Tigers will host the winner of Gonzaga Prep and University (both 9-8).
Shadle has a four-game lead over North Central with four left to play among 3A teams. The pair meet tonight in the Arena during the Groovy Shoes spirit night. Four teams are in and play a regional seeding tournament Feb. 18-19. No. 1 meets No. 4, No. 2 plays No. 3 then the winners and losers meet. The Highlanders (13-3), Indians (9-7) and Rogers (8-8) are in. Fourth spot is between Mt. Spokane (6-9) and the Knights (4-13).