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Renton Girls Basketball Heads to Fifth State Appearance

What will this year bring? The girls start play Thursday at the SunDome in Yakima.

Renton junior Taylor Farris wanted to make sure the seniors on the girls basketball team got back to the 2A Regionals last week, after last year's loss to W.F. West. After the game, Farris said her hard work was for those girls, and now they have to finish what was started last year.

Farris and the Indians will return to the state basketball championships for the first time since 1987, when the team placed second. In four previous appearances Renton has placed in all four championships.

Renton faces Wapato at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Patch will use Twitter to update scores of each game and have post-game coverage each evening along with a preview of the next game.

If the girls advance to Saturday, Patch will be live in Yakima with live updates on Twitter with photos, play-by-play and recap of the entire tournament on Sunday.

Complete coverage (scores and stats) of the 2A Girls Tournament is available via the Yakima Herald at Tourney Town.

If you go, here is a Fan Link, and information about the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Here is the breakdown of the teams (by brackets):

Wapato Wolves (21-2)

Beat Grandview 61-60 in 2A Regionals

Max Prep Rating - 3, Score Czar Rating - 9, AP Ranking - 3

Key Players--Briana Cordova, Darian Gasseling and Lexie Gomez are the main scorers, often around 12 points a game. Look for Wapato to double-team either Taylor Farris or Jordan Armstrong in their opener against Renton.

Renton Indians (22-4)

Beat Sumner 42-40

Max Prep Rating - 14 , Score Czar Rating - 3    AP Ranking - 9

Key Players--Jordan Armstrong and Taylor Farris are the driving force for the team. The duo can pick apart an offense at mid-court with quick steals equaling instant points. The Indians are able to get 10 points in 2 minutes with this full court pressure. Renton has many on the roster to provide depth.

Cedarcrest (Duvall) Red Wolves (22-3)

Beat Port Angeles 49-38

Max Prep Rating - 7 , Score Czar Rating - 6    AP Ranking - 7

Key Players--Susan Kenney scored 19 points in Regionals and Kailyn Campbell scored 14 points with 15 rebounds at Regionals. This is the school's first ever trip to the state dance.

W.F.West (Chehalis) Bearcats  (20-4)

Beat Archbishop Murphy 47-43

Max Prep Rating - 4, Score Czar Rating - 1   AP Ranking - 2

Key Players--Jamika Parker scored 18 points in their Regionals win and teammate Katie Hankins scored 11. This is not the same team who beat Renton last year at 2A Regionals. However, they do play a similar game, but Renton has improved its game. Possible semi-final matchup for the Bearcats and Indians.

River Ridge Hawks (19-5)

Beat White River 43-35

Max Prep Rating - 10 , Score Czar Rating - 10    AP Ranking - n/a

Key Players--The Hawks came from behind to beat White River last week. Jazzlyn Brewster led the team with 17 points in the win.

Burlington-Edison Tigers (20-3)

Beat Olympic 53-22

Max Prep Rating - 2, Score Czar Rating - 5   AP Ranking - 7

Key Players--Ellary Torset scored 18 points and Mariah Swanson scored 12 points in their easy win over Olympic.

Mark Morris Monarches (22-3)

Beat Washington 77-33

Max Prep Rating - 1, Score Czar Rating - 4   AP Ranking - 1

Key Players--This team is the youngest among any team at the tournament with just two seniors. They are led by junior Breanna Dubois who averages 17 points a game. A very talented group, the favorite to take the title this year.

West Valley (Spokane) Eagles (20-6)

Beat Ellensburg 36-19

Max Prep Rating - 8, Score Czar Rating - 12    AP Ranking - n/a

Key Player--Erin Higbie scored 14 points for the Eagles in their 2A Regional win over Ellensburg. The Eagles score most of their points around the paint and little beyond the 3-point line.

Caitlin Moran March 01, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Renton's first state game is now underway in Yakima. At the bottom of the 1st quarter, the Indians are up 11-3. Follow along on Twitter for live updates: https://twitter.com/RentonPatch
Margaret Santjer March 01, 2013 at 01:24 AM
And the girls advance to the semis, too! Congratulations! We'll have details from the game later tonight.

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