It was a stellar winter for the four Plateau hoop teams, which completed the regular-season portion of their campaigns last weekend and now head into the wild world of tournament play.
All four local teams either won league titles outright or shared a piece of the championship pie. Leading the way were the White River High girls, who finished the South Puget Sound League 2A season 14-0 and wound up with a two-game margin over second-place Sumner. The White River boys went 12-2 to share first-place honors with Clover Park.
At Enumclaw High, the girls finished the SPSL 3A calendar with a 9-1 mark to lay claim to the title, while the EHS boys went 7-3 to wind up in a three-way tie with Lakes and Auburn Mountainview.
White River girls
The Lady Hornets open subdistrict play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, taking on the Lindbergh Eagles at Lakes High School. The winner will play at 8 p.m. Saturday against Foster or Washington; those two also square off Thursday at Lakes. If White River falls to Lindbergh, the Hornets would play the Foster/Washington loser at 8 p.m. Friday at Clover Park.
White River completed the regular season Friday night with a crucial contest at Sumner. The Hornets entered the game just one game ahead of the Spartans, meaning the teams would have tied for the division crown if the home team had won. The Hornets avoid that dicey situation with a 54-36 victory. Kennedy Hobert led the way with 22 points and Amanda Lance chipped in with 13.
White River boys
With the Hornets and Warriors tied for the SPSL 2A’s top spot, a coin flip determined the seeding into subregional play – a coin flip that didn’t go White River’s way.
With the No. 2, the Hornet boys will open subregional play at 5:30 tonight, Wednesday, against the Steilacoom Sentinels at Foster High. White River defeated Steilacoom twice during the regular season.
Should the Hornets make it three in a row, they will advance to a 6 p.m. game Saturday at Lakes High, where they would play the winner of a battle between Sumner and Renton. If Steilacoom pulls an upset, the Hornets would head into the loser’s side of the bracket where they would play the Sumner/Renton loser at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Hornets needed just one more win to clinch an outright league title, but slipped Friday and fell 62-42 to the Spartans at Sumner High. White River’s offense was paced by Spencer Swigart’s 13 points and Brandon Dove’s 10.
With an SPSL 3A title tucked away, the Hornet girls find themselves just two victories away from a subregional championship and a No. 1 seed into West Central District play.
The subregional opener comes at 7:30 tonight, Wednesday, at Auburn Mountainview against the host Lions. If the Hornets are victorious, they will play again at 8 p.m. Saturday against the winner of an earlier contest between Lakes and Kennedy. If Enumclaw loses to Auburn Mountainview, the Hornets will play at 2:30 Saturday afternoon against the Lakes/Kennedy loser; that game would determine the No. 3 and 4 seeds to districts.
The EHS crew completed a 9-1 SPSL campaign Friday night with a 44-40, home-court victory over the Bonney Lake Panthers. Senior Katie Holland had a big night, pouring in 19 points.
Half of the SPSL 3A’s six teams finished at 7-3, creating a three-way tie for the league title. While each will receive a first-place trophy, that had to determine seeding into the subregional tournament with a mini-playoff Tuesday night on the neutral court of Bonney Lake High School. A pair of abbreviated games – coming after press time – determined how Enumclaw, Lakes and Auburn Mountainview would divide the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 seedings.
If EHS is the No. 1 or No. 3 seed, the Hornets will play at 7:30 Friday night against either the No. 1 or 3 seed from Tuesday’s mini-playoff. If the Hornets wind up No. 2, they will play at 5:30 p.m. against Kennedy. All games are at Auburn Mountainview.
Needing a victory to keep in title contention, the Hornets got the job done Friday at Bonney Lake. The 71-53 victory over the Panthers was powered by Drake Rademacher’s 23 points.