With the regular season behind them, seven local prep basketball teams are poised for postseason play.
In both the South Puget Sound League’s 3A and 2A divisions, district tournaments begin this week and run through Feb. 20. The boys will tip off tonight, Wednesday, and play second-round games Friday; the girls get rolling Thursday and play again Saturday.
District play will determine who gets into the state’s Sweet 16. Regional-round contests are planned for Feb. 26 and 27 with three-day state tournaments following on March 3-5. The Class 3A state tournaments, both boys and girls, will be at the Tacoma Dome and Class 2A play will be at Yakima’s SunDome.
Here’s a look at opening-week district contests for local teams.
White River girls: The most dominant of the area squads – having finished league play with a perfect 14-0 record – the Hornets enter districts as the No. 1 seed from the SPSL 2A. They get to host their district opener at 7 p.m. Thursday against Bremerton, the No. 5 club from the Olympic League.
A victory means White River would next play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Foss High School in Tacoma; a loss would send the Hornets to a 5:30 p.m. game Saturday at Curtis High in University Place.
White River boys: The Hornet boys ended the regular season with a 10-4 league record, good for the No. 3 seed from the SPSL 2A. That brings a home game at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, against Highline, the No. 3 team from the SeaKing District.
Win or lose, White River will play at 7:45 p.m. Friday; victory brings a contest at Tacoma’s Foss High while a loss results in a game at Sumner High.
Sumner boys: The Spartans closed out the regular season with a victory over rival Bonney Lake, ending with a 7-7 SPSL 3A record. As the league’s No. 4 seed, Sumner opens district play at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, against Wilson High of Tacoma on the Rams’ home court.
Sumner’s second-round contest will begin at 6 p.m. Friday; a Wednesday victory brings a game at Clover Park, while a Wednesday loss sends the Spartans to Washington High.
Sumner girls: With an 8-6 league record, the Spartan girls head to district play as the SPSL 3A’s No. 4 seed. Like the SHS boys, they will take on the Wilson Rams. Game time is 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wilson gymnasium.
The second round of district play will have Sumner playing at 3:30 p.m. Saturday; the winner’s bracket game will be at Franklin Pierce High and a Thursday loss will send the Sumner girls to Clover Park.
Enumclaw boys: With a Friday loss to Auburn Mountainview, the Hornet boys finished 6-8 in league and garnered the No. 5 seed into district play. With that, EHS will take to the road tonight, Wednesday, to face Columbia River, tipping off at 7 p.m.
With a victory, EHS would next play at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Rogers High; with a loss, the Hornets would tip off at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Franklin Pierce.
Enumclaw girls: The Hornet girls wound up 7-7 in SPSL 3A play, earning the No. 5 seed into districts. That means a long bus trip: the squad will travel to face Prairie High School near Vancouver at 7 p.m. Thursday.
A victory would send the EHS girls into a 1:45 p.m. game Saturday at Franklin Pierce High School; a loss would bring a game at Clover Park High, also at 1:45 Saturday.
Bonney Lake girls: With a 10-4 league mark, the Panther girls earned the SPSL 3A’s No. 3 seed and receive a home game for the opening round. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday against Capital High.
A Thursday victory puts the Panthers into a game at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Pierce; a Thursday loss brings a 1:45 p.m. game Saturday at Clover Park.