They call it the "Egg McMuffin" game, the 9 a.m. state opener where people barely have the sleep rubbed from their eyes. Franklin, the No. 1 ranked team in state (in any classification most likely) is wide awake. Dave Trimmer called from Tacoma to say Shadle Park trailed by some 30 points at half and the score was 64-32 in the third quarter at the time. So it's consolation for the Highlanders who have discovered that 3A is no bargain after nearly placing in 4A a year ago.
Here's Dave's story:
“We had some opportunities early to keep the game in check and we didn’t convert,” Highlanders’ coach Tim Gaebe said. “That would have helped our confidence. They’re good and we panicked.”
Any one of these is all you need to know.
The Highlanders blew a layup on their first possession.
The Quakers (25-1) scored the first nine points of the game.
It was 14-4 after one quarter, 42-15 at the half.
Vonchae Richardson, who only missed two shots and hit six of seven 3-pointers, had 20 points.
All that while holding Louisville-bound Peyton Siva, a 6-foot-1 guard, to three free throws.
“I was aware of how quick they are, how up into you (defensively) they are,” Gaebe said. “We knew Richardson and Siva were the guys. We didn’t get
The Highlanders finished at 31.7 percent, just 1 of 14 from 3-point range. Anthony Brown, who is headed to
Only two other players had two baskets and just one finished with six points.
“Again, it’s about confidence,” Gaebe said. “If we had knocked down some of those shots inside maybe we would have been able to go toe-to-toe with them.”
Last weekend at 4A Gonzaga Prep boys and Lewis and Clark girls were the third entrants from our region to state, but wound up the highest placing finishers. The Bullpups finished fourth in state for the second time - they have two thirds and a fifth in history - while both regional champion Eisenhower and runnerup Walla Walla were eliminated. The Cadets couldn't stand prosperity, giving up a big lead against Curtis and eventually being ousted by Lake Stevens, the eighth place finisher under coach Mark Hein. Hein used to coach University.
Prep could easily have made the finals, losing in overtime to Garfield in a game that could have gone either way..
Lewis and Clark's girls, following a first-game loss to Federal Way, won their final three to finish fifth ahead of Moses Lake. The Chiefs reached the semifinals before losing twice.