While area boys and girls basketball coaches awaited Sunday news about sites and times for state regional games, they started making calls trying to land video and scouting information.
One coach who doesn’t have to gather much intelligence is Gonzaga Prep boys coach Matty McIntyre.
The short-handed Bullpups opened the season at home against Wenatchee – the same night the G-Prep football team handled Skyline 34-16 for the State 4A championship.
McIntyre was missing four football players. Still, G-Prep edged Wenatchee 45-43.
In a state regional game on Saturday, Greater Spokane League and District 8 champion G-Prep (22-2) meets Wenatchee (18-4) in a rematch at Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.
“It’s a unique situation playing them earlier in the season,” McIntyre said. “Obviously they’ve matured and are a lot different and we’ve matured and are a lot different.”
McIntyre cautioned reading into the results of the season opener.
“Not having the football guys, a lot can’t be based on that,” he said. “These are two different looking teams than what we saw three months ago. I’d be very cautious of our kids thinking that because we won in December a little short handed that it has any bearing on what this outcome will be.”
The rematch would have been altogether avoided and G-Prep would have been appointed to a site closer to home had the Bullpups not fallen to Lewis and Clark in a subregional opener Friday.
G-Prep bounced back on Saturday to earn the third seed from the combined GSL/Mid-Columbia subregional by eliminating Richland 70-54 Saturday.
Central Valley (19-5) – which finished third in league and runner-up in district – opened subregional with a road victory at Richland Friday. Then CV beat LC 67-57 in the subregional title game Saturday.
The Bears (19-5) and LC (19-6) were placed in the area for their state regional games on Saturday. CV takes on Kentridge (14-11) at University at 8 p.m. while LC (19-6) takes on Davis (14-7) at West Valley at 6.
The WIAA adhered to its policy of trying to put boys and girls teams from the same schools at the same location for regional games. The association released the matchups late on Saturday and followed with the announcement of sites and times on Sunday afternoon.
The No. 1-ranked CV girls (24-0) will play two hours before the CV boys, taking on Rogers of Puyallup (16-11).
The LC girls (18-6), meanwhile, also play two hours before the LC boys, meeting Sunnyside (16-7).
In 3A boys, subregional champ Shadle Park (16-6) faces Kennedy Catholic (16-9) on Saturday at U-Hi, beginning at 4 p.m.
In 3A girls, Mt. Spokane (13-10), which earned a berth in a loser-out game, meets Auburn Mountainview (19-5) on Saturday at Ellensburg High School. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
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