Mount Si girls overwhelm Newport in league tournament

Heide’s double-double secures Wildcats the No. 5 seed in district tournament.

The Mount Si basketball team is taking the momentum from a strong showing at the KingCo league tournament into the Wes-King district tournament.

The Wildcats opened the league tournament with a 65-32 victory over Bothell on Jan. 7. Sophomore Lauren Glazier led the way for the Wildcats, scoring 28 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. The win served as revenge after the Cougars beat the Wildcats, 67-54, on Jan. 25.

Senior Sela Heide said being able to bounce back against Bothell was important for the team.

“We were having a bit of a rough patch,” Heide said. “Coming back and getting that game was huge. Our season has had some highs and lows. It hasn’t always been what we wanted, but that’s just how basketball is and that’s how life is.”

The Wildcats faced the Newport Knights in the fifth-place game on Jan. 8 at Sammamish High School. Heide had a double-double (24 points and 11 rebounds) to lead the Wildcats to a convincing 71-51 win over the Knights. Glazier (17 points) and freshman Grace Turley (12 points) also chipped in offensively for Mount Si.

“We played amazing team basketball today,” Heide said. “We all had high energy and it made it a lot more fun and we were able to make runs and play good defense.”

The win gives the Wildcats the No. 5 seed heading into the Wes-King Tournament. Heide said the team is capable of peaking at the right time as it moves on to districts.

“I’m really happy with where we’re at right now,” Heide said. “We’ve talked about how December doesn’t matter, January doesn’t matter, it’s the end of the season when you make those runs and play good basketball, that’s what matters.”

Mount Si’s 6-foot-8 senior Sela Heide had 24 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Wildcats beat Newport on Jan. 8. Benjamin Olson/staff photo

Mount Si’s 6-foot-8 senior Sela Heide had 24 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Wildcats beat Newport on Jan. 8. Benjamin Olson/staff photo