With the regular season now just a memory, basketball teams from throughout the state are beginning the postseason process of determining who advances and who goes home.
Here’s a look at where this area’s teams stand as of Monday morning.
WHITE RIVER GIRLS
The White River girls captured the South Puget Sound League 2A tournament title, earned a first-round bye in the upcoming district tourney and need just one victory to land a berth in the state championships.
The squad will next play Saturday, Feb. 9, hosting either Sequim or Lindbergh. The winner will be assured of a top-four district placing and a state entry; the loser will need to win a pair of loser’s bracket contests to make it to state.
In the district tourney, the Hornets won the title Feb. 2 with a 58-45 victory over Foster. That followed a 55-43 semifinal win over Renton and a lopsided, opening-round 63-10 triumph over Tyee.
The Hornet girls continued their run of success, entering tourney play after posting another undefeated league record. This year’s 11-0 mark gives Chris Gibson’s teams five full seasons without a league loss.
The last league defeat for the Hornet girls came during the 2013-14 campaign.
WHITE RIVER BOYS
The White River High boys advanced to the district tournament Feb. 1 courtesy of a 74-57 victory over the Clover Park Warriors.
District play for the Hornets begins at 7 tonight at Fife High. The winner moves to a Feb. 8 quarterfinal contest and the loser will play Feb. 12 in a loser-out contest at Curtis High.
In district play, White River posted a 75-54, opening-round, home-court victory. But round two brought a 76-65 loss to tough Franklin Pierce.
The Hornet boys, under first-year coach Zach Johnson, placed second in the South Puget Sound League with an 8-5 record. For the entire regular season, the team went 11-6.
The Hornet boys open district play Thursday night, traveling to Puyallup High for a 7 p.m. game against the Vikings. The winner will move one step closer to a coveted berth in the Class 4A state tourney, while the loser faces a longer, tougher road.
Enumclaw advanced to district play as the No. 5 seed from the North Puget Sound League tourney. That came thanks to a 58-49 victory over Kentwood High on Feb. 1.
Postseason play follows a regular season that saw the Hornets capture third place in the North Puget Sound league with a 9-5 record. The team went 9-11 for the entire regular season.
The fate of the Enumclaw High girls team rests in the outcome of a play-in game earlier this week. On Tuesday, the Hornets faced Skyview at Olympia High in a loser-out contest.
Tuesday’s winner moves into district play and sees action at 7 tonight (Wednesday), hitting the road to take on Bellarmine Prep. A win would bring another game Feb. 8 against Union High or Kentwood; a loss tonight would push the Hornets into a Feb. 11, loser-out game, also on Feb. 8
Enumclaw’s girls had finished the North Puget Sound League season with an 8-6 record, tied with Auburn behind Todd Beamer and Thomas Jefferson. The Hornets dropped a Jan. 29 game that was for seeding purposes only. Overall, Ted Carlson’s squad finished the regular season 9-11.
The Spartans open postseason play Wednesday night against Union High, tipping off at 7 p.m. in Camas. A victory over the Tigers would send Sumner to a Saturday quarterfinal contest; a loss to Union would bring a loser-out contest on Saturday.
The Sumner boys wrapped up the regular season Friday night with a 38-34 victory over South Kitsap. That left the Spartans with a league record of 8-8 and an overall, regular-season mark of 10-10.
The Spartan girls open district play with a long road trip, heading south tonight (Wednesday) for a tussle with the Camas Papermakers. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
Win or lose, the Spartans will play again Friday night as part of a grouping that includes Hazen and Curtis.
The Spartan girls finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-9, including a 9-7 mark in South Puget Sound League play.
BONNEY LAKE GIRLS
The Panther girls defeated Spanaway Lake Feb. 2 in a seeding game, earning a berth into the district tournament that will eventually advance five squads to regionals.
Bonney Lake opens district play at 7 p.m.. Thursday, taking on either Gig Harbor or Lincoln. A victory would send Bonney Lake to a Saturday game at Prairie (Vancouver), while a loss would mean a loser-out game on Feb. 13.
The Panthers ended up 7-7 in Pierce County League play, tied for fourth with Spanaway Lake. After Saturday’s seeding-game victory, Bonney Lake was 12-9 on the season.
BONNEY LAKE BOYS
It was a tough campaign for the Panther boys, who saw their 2018-19 campaign come to a close the evening of Jan. 31. A 64-56 loss to the Stadium Tigers left the Panthers with a Pierce County League record of 2-12 and 5-15 overall.