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Top seeds knocked off

It started with the Lewis and Clark girls knocking off top-seeded Gonzaga Prep 56-51 in the District 8 4A championship game. It ended with the Gonzaga Prep boys snapped the Ferris Saxoxns' 19-game winning streak 58-50.

Here's the girls story. Click the tab below to read the boys story.

GSL teams brace for district

Click the tab below to see a schedule for the District 8 3A and District 8 4A boys and girls basketball tournaments. Riley Stockton of Ferris is pictured above in action against University.

ALSO, feel free to post your thoughts on which teams could fare well at district.

Ferris tops Gonzaga Prep

If you liked defense, a buffet of defense was served Friday when Ferris topped Gonzaga Prep 49-38 in a Greater Spokane League boys basketball game at Gonzaga Prep.

Here's my game story.

State hoop brackets posted

I linked to this on my twitter.com/srpreps account last night. The WIAA posted state boys and girls basketball brackets. No more blind draws. Seeding for the new regional/state format is now predetermined.

Here's the link.

QUESTION: What are your thoughts about not having a blind draw anymore?

GSL scoring leaders

Well, it's been a while since we last checked in. To get the new year off right, I calculated Greater Spokane League scoring leaders this morning.

Click the tab below to see.

I would have guessed who the girls' leader was but wouldn't have pegged the boys' leader.

Lewis and Clark handles Shadle

I saw two of the better 4A and 3A girls basketball teams last night, and in time I think they will prove they’re two of the best teams in the state in their respective classifications. Here’s a link to my game story.

Taylor Howlett of LC and Chelsea Chandler of Shadle are pictured above.

First game with 35 second clock

Getting my first glimpse of high school basketball and the 35 second clock during the University-North Central game, I hardly knew it was there.

Although the Titans’ uptempo game sometimes treated it like there were a 10-second clock - one time in transition it only took 5 seconds to counter an NC basket -  time wasn’t a factor in the 68-58 outcome. Both teams were able to run through their offenses and get a decent shot most times in around 20 seconds. And the Titans actually got into a bit of a passing game in the second half to find seams in the Indians extended zone defense and wound up winning by hitting 14 of 16 free throws in the final two minutes.

In other words, it was your ordinary everyday type of game.

Hats off to Bullpups and Tigers

They took the hard road, but both Gonzaga Prep boys and Lewis and Clark girls are headed to state. That means the GSL won’t suffer the ignominy of not have a boys team there for the first time in memory and the Tigers have kept intact a string now at seven trips - which means I avoid the “what happened to LC” questions.

Both teams had to win three straight games this weekend to advance and both did so. That is what is known in the sports world as a gut check

No surprises in 3A basketball

The favorites moved on as expected in the Greater Spokane League District 8 seeding tournament. Top seeded Shadle Park beat Mt. Spokane and North Central ran off 15 straight points to beat Rogers in boys. The Indians are at the Highlanders tonight at 7:15 p.m. Shadle’s girls host East Valley in the 5:30 opener. Shadle beat North Central and the surging Knights, whose Morgan Manchester has averaged 21.5 points over her last four games topped Mt. Spokane.

Rogers host Mt. Spokane in a game for third and fourth and Mt. Spokane girls host NC. Regional begins next week.

Also tonight, Lewis and Clark is at Gonzaga Prep for the District 8 4A championship and Ferris is at Mead. Winner of second game plays loser of first Friday for the second regional berth. Mead’s girls are at LC for the district title and University is at CV for the right to move on, winner facing the Mead-LC loser for regional. It also begins on Tuesday.

Prep-LC; LC-Mead in district championships

There wasn’t a surprise on the second night of Greater Spokane League district basketball play. League champions Gonzaga Prep boys and Lewis and Clark girls earned the right to play for regional berths. Their opponents, third-seed Lewis and Clark and girls second-place finisher Mead respectively. The Bullpups easily handled Ferris’ youthful boys team, the Tigers scrapped past Mead 59-55 in a game that personified the type of year the GSL had. LC had lost to Mead earlier 55-42, falling behind by nine points in the first quarter and never getting back into it. This time Mead trailed by a 11 after a quarter and although they did get back into the game, couldn’t get over the hump, going 6-for-13 from the free throw line.

LC girls jumped on University early and won 54-35 as Emily Travis scored a season high 17 points. Mead put Central Valley away late to win 64-44.

So the winners meet for the district championship and a regional berth. The losers play Thursday as well with that game winner going against the loser of the title games for the second spot to regional.

My stories:



GSL suspense takes suspense out of pairings

Two suspenseful games took the suspense out of the post-season pairings in Greater Spokane League boys basketball. Mead scored at the buzzer to beat Shadle Park and Lewis and Clark scored near the buzzer to beat Rogers.

That means that Mead (11-9) is District 8 4A No. 2 seed behind Gonzaga Prep (18-2) and Lewis and Clark (11-9) is No. 3. Ferris (10-10) and Central Valley (10-10) play each other Monday to complete the field.

Saturday Rogers (8-11) is at Mt. Spokane (7-12) to determine the Nos. 3 and 4 3A positions and who plays Shadle Park (16-4) or North Central (11-9) in district games for regional seeding.

Again, the pairings: