Saturday, October 31, 2015

High School Girls Update - October 31: Halloween high school playoffs today

The last of the leagues that were in play wrapped things up on Thursday, and now everyone has entered the postseason (see brackets below). Most of the leagues feature postseason contests for Halloween, which will certainly lead to some cheesy, ghoulish headlines should surprises play out.

There were no real surprises in the 4A Columbia Basin Big Nine this week, though Eastmont was able to finish third with a split on the week while Moses Lake dropped a pair of extremely tight contests at home, dropping a wild 4-3 affair to Davis and a coming up short in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw against Wenatchee, who handed them their biggest loss earlier in the year (5-0). As expected, West Valley finished perfect and with an eye-opening finale at home, drubbing last-place Eisenhower with 15 goals. League-leading scorer Caitlin Quaempts only added a goal and assist on the day to her tally to finish with 15 goals and nine assists on the year, unofficially. Her teammate Kendra Hanses was the second-leading scorer with 13 goals.

On Saturday, the Big Nine hits the field for what it calls play-in games to determine what two sides will continue to have a chance at the second seed to state from the league.

Meanwhile in the 1A Northeast A League, things were a bit interesting in the final days. Deer Park, as expected, captured the league title with a lone defeat on their ledger. But it was the race for second that was intriguing, and finished in a three-way tie.

In addition to falling out of their chase for first, Freeman fell to third by the end of the season. It started when the Scotties were topped for a second time this season by Lakeside Tuesday. They then went into the final game looking to hold second. They used a strategy designed to shut down league scoring power Riley Martinson (26 goals), which worked as she was shutout for the first time this season other than a game she was suspended for. However, they could not contain the rest of the Deer Park Stags offense and fell 2-1 on a pair of goals from Jessie Thomas, the league's second best scorer with 13 tallies. The two losses allowed Lakeside and Riverside to pull even and force a three-way tiebreaker that saw Lakeside (3-1 against the other two) finish second for a first round bye and Freeman (2-2) third. Freeman and Riverside will host the opening playoff games Saturday.

One classification up in 2A, the Great Northern League started postseason play Thursday with a pair of contests that saw no surprises. Second-place West Valley and Clarkston advanced to Saturday's contest that will see the winner move onto the district final and a guaranteed state berth. The Bantoms gave West Valley issues this season, going to overtime in the first game before falling 2-1 and playing the Eagles to a scoreless draw in the third meeting before dropping the penalty tiebreaker. Both were in Clarkston, though, with West Valley prevailing 2-0 at home in the second game.


The 3A district playoffs are nearly complete.

Mt Spokane handily claimed the title out of the GSL as expected, downing North Central 4-1. Both move onto regionals.

Down in the Mid-Columbia Conference, the third-seeded Kamiakin Braves upset second-seeded Hanford by a big 5-1 scoreline to advance to their district final and ensure a spot in the regionals with Southridge, which they face Saturday. Though they were only a game back in the table and fell in a shootout in their last meeting after a 2-2 draw, the Braves did post a similar 4-0 victory earlier in the season against Hanford.

Both league's wrap up their 4A district playoffs Saturday.

The brackets down south played out according to seeding with a pair of one-sided affairs to set up Chiawana and Richland, who both advance to regionals, playing for the district title. Chiawana narrowly took the first regular season contest 3-2 but eased past Richland 4-1 just a week ago.

Third-seeded Ferris nipped league runners-up University 2-1 in GSL action Thursday night to ensure themselves a spot in the regionals, facing Gonzaga Prep Saturday in the district final. The unbeaten Bullpups survived a scare of their own, going to a shootout for the second time this season. The fourth seed and reigning two-time state champion Bears of Central Valley were the first team to shutout Prep this season, playing the GSL champs to a scoreless stalemate before falling in the shootout. University gets a second shot at securing a regional berth Saturday, but will have to get past a CV side looking to find a path back to the state tournament to defend their titles. Gonzaga defeated Ferris 2-1 two weeks ago while the Bears and Titans still have something to settle after a scoreless draw  October 7 went in favor of CV in the tiebreaker shootout.

If you have any updates for stats (particularly assists that go unrecorded for road games), please drop INWsn a note at  INWsn is currently missing scoring (and GK) information for 10.23 Rogers @ LC, 10/15 Moses Lake @ Eastmont, 10/13 Eastmont @ Eisenhower, 10/3 Pasco @ Walla Walla and 9.24 Medical Lake @ Newport games.


NEA 10.26 Monday: Lakeside 2-1 Freeman
NEA 10.27 Tuesday: Deer Park 7-1 Colville; Riverside 5-1 Medical Lake
NEA 10.29 Thursday: Freeman 1-2 Deer Park; Colville 0-3 Lakeside; Newport 0-3 Riverside
Playoff Results: See brackets

Photos: 10.29 Colville @ Lakeside [coming soon]... 10.29 Central Valley @ Gonzaga Prep [+]... 10.27 Mead @ Central Valley [+] -- All INWsn HS Galleries [+]


CBB9 10.27 Tuesday: Davis 4-3 Moses Lake, West Valley 3-0 Eastmont, Sunnyside 1-7 Wenatchee
CBB9 10.29 Thursday: Eisenhower 0-15 West Valley, Wenatchee 1-SO-0 Moses Lake, Eastmont 6-3 Sunnyside
Playoff Results: See brackets


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