The Wolverines will have momentum on their side and an unfamiliar foe on their hands when they open post-season play Wednesday at Kings High School.
The Knights, at 16-4, enter the Division 1A regional playoffs as the No. 1 seed out of the Cascade Conference and on a tear of their own, having won their last nine games, including a triple-overtime victory over Arch Bishop Murphy two weeks ago.
With the win over ATM, ranked No. 6 among state 2A teams, the Knights also avenged their most recent defeat, which dates back to Jan. 7.
Head Coach Eric Jangard and crew, with a four-game win streak in tow, will be charting unfamiliar territory in their clash at Kings. It’s the first time they’ll square off against the Knights in Jangard’s five-year tenure at the helm. Tip off is 4:30 p.m.
“What we do know is they have a strong post player who scores in double figures,” Jangard said. “And they have a long, tall point guard and with our size, that may give us some trouble.”
The stakes are high.
The winner of Wednesday’s post-season opener – a single-elimination contest – will advance to the next round of post-season play, the Tri-District tournament. For the loser, it’s the end of the road.
While the Wolverines will no doubt have their hands full against the Knights, Jangard said the team is peaking at the right time and ready to lay it on the line.
“We’re right where we want to be for this time of the year,” he said. “We’re still making some mistakes here and there, but we’re probably playing as good as we have all season.”
Tri-districts begin Feb. 12 at Mountlake Terrace High School