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The visiting Bellingham girls knocked off Northwest Conference rival Sedro-Woolley, 49-46, to stay alive in the Class 2A District 1/2 tournament Thursday night, but the road was not as hospitable to two other Whatcom County teams.
Sehome, at 12th the lowest seeded team in the tournament, gave fifth-seeded Liberty (10-11) all it could handle before falling in Renton, 44-38, in the loser-out contest. The Mariners end their season with a 7-14 record.
In Thursday’s other first-round contest, Blaine had its season end at Sammamish with a 71-54 defeat. The Borderites fell to 6-15 with the loss.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Red Raiders (9-12) although they do move into the double-elimination part of the tournament.
Bellingham must head to Everett to play top-seed Archbishop Murphy (17-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game time was moved up because of weather concerns.
The county’s other 2A team, second-seeded Lynden (17-3), had a first-round bye and will host Cedarcrest (12-8) on Saturday. The game also was moved up to 3 p.m. because of weather concerns.
Cedarcrest was a 58-32 winner over Mountlake Terrace on Thursday.
CLASS 2A DISTRICT 1/2 GIRLS TOURNAMENT
First-round games (Thursday)
Sammamish 71, Blaine 54 (loser out)
Cedarcrest 58, Mountlake Terrace 32 (loser out)
Liberty 44, Sehome 38 (loser out)
Bellingham 49, Sedro-Woolley 46 (loser out)
Second round (Saturday)
Cedarcrest (12-8) at Lynden (17-3), 3 p.m.
Sammamish (12-10) at Burlington-Edison (17-3), 6 p.m.
Liberty (10-11) at Anacortes (13-7), 7 p.m.
Bellingham (9-12) at Archbishop Murphy (17-2), 3 p.m.
Consolation games (Tuesday)
At Mount Vernon Christian, 6:30 p.m. (loser out)
At Mount Vernon Christian, 8 p.m. (loser out)
At Mount Vernon High School, 6 p.m.
At Mount Vernon High School, 7:30 p.m.
Consolation games (Next Thursday, Feb. 14)
At Mount Vernon High School, 6 p.m. (loser out)
At Mount Vernon High School, 7:30 p.m. (loser out)
Consolation final (Next Saturday, Feb. 16)
At Mount Vernon High School, 6 p.m. (winner third, loser fourth, both advance to state)
Championship final (Next Saturday, Feb. 16)
At Mount Vernon High School, 7:30 p.m. (winner first, loser second, both advance to state)
(Full schedule and bracket at nwcathletics.com)
Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.