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Mixed news for Cedarcrest boys basketball team
DUVALL The bad news for the Cedarcrest boys basketball team is
that the squad won only one Kingco 3A League game over the past two
seasons. The good news is that that one victory over Liberty two weeks
ago earned the Red Wolves an opportunity to play in the post season.
But wait. There's more bad news. If Cedarcrest beat Liberty on
Tuesday night in a clash of 1-12 teams, the Red Wolves earn an opportunity to play
the Bellevue Wolverines in the opening round of the conference
tournament. That's the same Bellevue team that scored 94 points on Cedarcrest in
only three-quarters of play last month.
"We beat them (Liberty) last time, so there is no reason why we can't
do it again," said Cedarcrest coach Ray LaBate. "I'd love a chance to
play Bellevue again. The more games we play, the better we'll get."
The Red Wolves backed into a chance to play for the fourth
and final playoff berth from the Kingco's Valley Division by
dropping their final two league games last week.
Cedarcrest lost by 40 points to the playoff-bound Mount Si Wildcats
in a game played in Snoqualmie. Senior Michael Smith scored an even
dozen points and junior James Conrick scored 11 in the lopsided loss.
The Wildcats (See "Wildcats stumble.") broke open a close game in the
second quarter by outscoring Cedarcrest by 19 points to take a 26-point lead
The effort Friday night was better, but the results were the same, as
the Red Wolves lost their 12th league game of the year at home
against Interlake, 69-53. Smith led the Wolves again with 16 points and 10
rebounds. This time the on-court help came in the form of 10 points and 10
rebounds from sophomore Kris Kracht, eight points from Morgan Henley and
seven from Conrick.
The Saints jumped out to an early nine-point lead and held on for a
six-point halftime advantage. But the second half eroded into an
offensive slugfest as Interlake built its lead
back into double-digits.
If the Wolves were victorious against Liberty on Tuesday, they
will begin play in the conference tournament Friday night against
Bellevue High at Bellevue Community College.