Girls basketball

Jackson’s Sylas Williams (5) shoots the ball during a game between Lake Stevens and Jackson at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. The Jackson Timberwolves won, 87-69. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Locals selected for all-state basketball games

Four boys and four girls are set to compete in games this Saturday.

Jackson’s Sylas Williams (5) shoots the ball during a game between Lake Stevens and Jackson at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. The Jackson Timberwolves won, 87-69. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Arlington’s Jersey Walker takes the ball and looks to pass against Lake Washington in the 3A semifinal on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Arlington girls fall to Mead, take home 5th-place trophy

The Eagles lead by 16 in the fourth but can’t hold off a late rally from the Panthers.

Arlington’s Jersey Walker takes the ball and looks to pass against Lake Washington in the 3A semifinal on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Stanwood High School girls basketball team poses with their fourth-place trophy after beating Lincoln (Tacoma), 52-45, in the Class 3A Hardwood Classic on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. (Photo courtesy of Stanwood High School)

Stanwood girls top Lincoln, earn program-best 4th-place trophy

Vivienne Berrett scores a game-high 24 points and the Spartans pull away in the fourth quarter for the win.

The Stanwood High School girls basketball team poses with their fourth-place trophy after beating Lincoln (Tacoma), 52-45, in the Class 3A Hardwood Classic on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. (Photo courtesy of Stanwood High School)
Kamiak’s Bella Hasad hits an acrobatic layup in the final moments of a game against Glacier Peak on Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Kamiak’s Bella Hasad hits an acrobatic layup in the final moments of a game against Glacier Peak on Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Washington’s Ava Uusitalo comes down with a rebound against Arlington in the 3A semifinal on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Arlington girls’ title dreams dashed by Lake Washington

The Eagles can’t hold off the Kang’s second-half surge and fall 70-64 in the semifinals; Arlington will face Mead for third place Saturday.

Lake Washington’s Ava Uusitalo comes down with a rebound against Arlington in the 3A semifinal on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Arlington’s Samara Morrow takes the ball down the court during the 3A quarterfinal game against Meadowdale on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Arlington girls down Wesco-foe Meadowdale, reach semifinals

The Eagles clamp down on defense to win 61-43 and will face No. 3 Lake Washington Friday with a berth in the 3A title game on the line.

Arlington’s Samara Morrow takes the ball down the court during the 3A quarterfinal game against Meadowdale on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Ellalee Wortham drives to the hoop during the 3A quarterfinal game against Mead on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stanwood girls bounced in 3A quarterfinals by Mead

The Spartans can’t overcome a 17-4 Panthers run in the third quarter of a 62-54 loss.

Stanwood’s Ellalee Wortham drives to the hoop during the 3A quarterfinal game against Mead on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett’s Alana Washington (12) moves with the ball during a 3A girls game in the Hardwood Classic between Everett and Lincoln at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Everett fell, 43-45. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Everett girls’ season ends with heartbreaking loss to Lincoln

The Seagulls fall one bucket short in a difficult shooting game and lose 45-43 to the Abes in the 3A state round of 12.

Everett’s Alana Washington (12) moves with the ball during a 3A girls game in the Hardwood Classic between Everett and Lincoln at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Everett fell, 43-45. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Meadowdale’s Kaiya Dotter (3) chases after the ball during a 3A girls game in the Hardwood Classic between Meadowdale and Bonney Lake at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Meadowdale won, 62-35.(Annie Barker / The Herald)

Meadowdale girls dominate Bonney Lake to advance to quarters

The Mavericks’ full-court press frustrates the Panthers all game as Meadowdale rolls 62-35 and sets up a rematch with Arlington.

Meadowdale’s Kaiya Dotter (3) chases after the ball during a 3A girls game in the Hardwood Classic between Meadowdale and Bonney Lake at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Meadowdale won, 62-35.(Annie Barker / The Herald)
Snohomish's Sara Rodgers, left, heads the ball with Everett’s Brittney Lemke Tuesday evening in Everett, Washington on September 13, 2022. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 3-1. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Prep notebook: Locals named to all-state girls soccer teams

Plus, Granite Falls and Sultan winter athletes honored by Emerald Sound Conference, and Lake Stevens football coaches recognized.

Snohomish's Sara Rodgers, left, heads the ball with Everett’s Brittney Lemke Tuesday evening in Everett, Washington on September 13, 2022. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 3-1. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Stanwood players cheer during a 3A girls game in the Hardwood Classic between Lynnwood and Stanwood at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Stanwood won, 74-69. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Stanwood players cheer during a 3A girls game in the Hardwood Classic between Lynnwood and Stanwood at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Stanwood won, 74-69. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
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Wesco 3A proving to be one of best girls hoops leagues around

Nearly half of the 12 3A girls teams remaining in the state tournament hail from Wesco.

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Arlington players celebrate during a game between the Arlington Eagles and Lakeside Lions at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Arlington won, 75-63. Annie Barker / The Herald)

Arlington girls fend off Lakeside, advance to quarterfinals

The Eagles ride a complete team effort to a 73-62 win and receive a bye into the final eight of the 3A Hardwood Classic.

Arlington players celebrate during a game between the Arlington Eagles and Lakeside Lions at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Arlington won, 75-63. Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lynnwood players cheer during a game between the Lynnwood Royals and West Seattle Wildcats at Arlington High School in Arlington Washington on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Lynnwood won, 47-45.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lynnwood girls edge West Seattle, book trip to Tacoma Dome

The Royals start slow and hang on late, but win 47-45 to reach the 3A Hardwood Classic for the first time since 2017.

Lynnwood players cheer during a game between the Lynnwood Royals and West Seattle Wildcats at Arlington High School in Arlington Washington on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Lynnwood won, 47-45.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Wendy Asper (4), left, and Taylor Cushing (3), right, reach for the ball during a girls basketball practice at Sultan High School in Sultan, Washington on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. The Turks made the state playoffs for the first time in program history. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

For Sultan girls basketball, making state ‘just the start’

The Turks reached state for the first time in history, and with a talented group of sophomores the future has never looked brighter.

Wendy Asper (4), left, and Taylor Cushing (3), right, reach for the ball during a girls basketball practice at Sultan High School in Sultan, Washington on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. The Turks made the state playoffs for the first time in program history. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Meadowdale’s Natalie Durbin (10) and Garfield’s Rakiyah Jackson (20) fight for the ball during the 3A Girls basketball round two game between Meadowdale and Garfield at the Courter Family Athletic Pavilion in Bellevue, Washington on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. Garfield won, 62-48. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Meadowdale girls battle, fall to top-seeded Garfield

Gia Powell scores 31 points, but the Mavericks lose 62-48 and will face a loser-out game in Tacoma on Wednesday.

Meadowdale’s Natalie Durbin (10) and Garfield’s Rakiyah Jackson (20) fight for the ball during the 3A Girls basketball round two game between Meadowdale and Garfield at the Courter Family Athletic Pavilion in Bellevue, Washington on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. Garfield won, 62-48. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Arlington’s Jenna Villa steps away from a defender while looking to pass the ball against Lynnwood on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Prep girls basketball: State regional capsules

An in-depth look at each of the six local girls teams remaining and their opponents for the state regional round.

Arlington’s Jenna Villa steps away from a defender while looking to pass the ball against Lynnwood on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett’s Mylie Wugumgeg steals the ball against Bishop-Blanchet during a first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, at the Norm Lowery Gymnasium in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett girls swarm Blanchet, advance in 3A state tournament

The Seagulls force 32 turnovers and Mae Washington pours in 17 of her game-high 27 points in the third quarter.

Everett’s Mylie Wugumgeg steals the ball against Bishop-Blanchet during a first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, at the Norm Lowery Gymnasium in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett’s Alana Washington reacts in a huddle to beating Snohomish to advance to state after the game on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett girls turn up heat, rally past Snohomish for state berth

The Seagulls use relentless full-court pressure in the fourth to rally for a 42-36 win in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

Everett’s Alana Washington reacts in a huddle to beating Snohomish to advance to state after the game on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlignton players yell in celebration of becoming the 3A District 1 champions on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Villa powers Arlington girls past Stanwood for district title

The WSU-bound star scores 18 of her 26 points in the first quarter and the Eagles hold back several Spartans runs to win 63-57.

Arlignton players yell in celebration of becoming the 3A District 1 champions on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)