Much of the South Puget Sound League 2A hoop power is found on the Plateau these days.
Through games of last week the four local squads – that’s boys and girls from Enumclaw and White River – had combined for an impressive 30-4 record in league play.
Leading the way with undefeated slates were the White River teams, both perched in first place. The Buckley boys were 10-0 through games of Jan. 19 while the girls sat at 6-0.
On the King County side the Enumclaw girls were 7-1, good for second place (with their only loss coming at the hands of White River). The EHS boys were a bit down the SPSL 2A ladder with a respectable 7-3 mark, trailing White River and the 8-3 teams from Franklin Pierce and Foss.
Friday’s games helped show how the Plateau remains a hotbed for high school hoops. The White River girls crushed the Orting Cardinals 80-16, dashing to a 45-7 halftime lead and eventually getting points from all 12 players on the varsity roster. Enumclaw outscored Steilacoom in every quarter on the way to a 61-41 win, seeing three players score in double figures (Bella Firnkoess with 20, Kalee Swanson with 16 and Natalie DeMarco with 13).
On the boys’ side of things, White River got rolling in the second quarter and coasted to an 80-47 victory in Orting. Eleven Hornets cracked the scoring column, topped by a 20-point night by guard Logan Senon. The only loss on a busy Friday night came in Steilacoom, where the sub-.500 Sentinels upset Enumclaw 58-55, dropping the Hornets’ league record to 7-3.
Local basketball interest will hit its peak in a couple of weeks when Round 2 of the Battle of Bridge is contested. The Enumclaw and White River boys will square off February 8 in Buckley; the following night, the girls’ contest will take place in Enumclaw’s Chuck Smith Gymnasium. Tipoff for both contests is set for 7 p.m.