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Cedarcrest girls earn two wins in California tournament
The girls from Cedarcrest were able to concentrate on basketball
long enough to win two games at the Costa Mesa Classic tournament in
California last week.
The Red Wolves improved their overall record to 4-5 heading into
a game with their last non-league foe and two KingCo contests this
week. The Cedarcrest girls are still seeking their first league win against
three losses this season.
Juniors Melanie Klevberg and Lindsay Peterson each scored
in double figures to lead the Wolves in a lopsided 64-32 win over Whitney
in the opening game of the 16-team tournament. Klevberg scored 17
and Peterson contributed a game-high 19, as Cedarcrest remained undefeated
in non-league play.
But that streak ended the next day when the Wolves fell 44-29 to
Mission Viejo. Klevberg and Peterson each scored seven points in the
losing effort. The loss dropped the Wolves into the consolation bracket.
"That was our sixth game of the year and Mission Viejo was
playing in its 14th game," said Cedarcrest coach Marc Hillestad. "I think the
girls had a tough time concentrating after spending the previous day
Hillestad said his team responded the next day with its best effort in
three years with an overtime win over Horizon High of San Diego, 47-45.
"It was great to finally see Melanie (Klevberg) play in a way we all
know she is capable of playing," Hillestad said. "Her play in the post will be
an important factor for us against some of the taller teams in our league."
Hillestad said the Wolves are now battling with three other
KingCo squads for the final playoff spot. Sammamish improved in league
play and separated itself from the other teams in the playoff race.
Despite a brave effort in the final minutes of the contest, Cedarcrest
lost its final game in California to Compton by three points.
The Cedarcrest girls played their first game of the new century at
home against KingCo opponent Liberty on Wednesday. The Red Wolves
will travel to Snoqualmie on Friday to take on cross-Valley rival Mount Si on
Cedarcrest concludes its non-league play on Saturday when
the team visits Foster.
"The California tournament helped us prepare for KingCo
by showing us some defenses we probably have not seen yet,"
summarized Hillestad. "Now we just have to
get back to the business of earning our season goal: that spot in the playoffs."