3A District: Ferndale Girls Still Alive, Squalicum Boys Done

The Ferndale girls bounced back from a disappointing first-round loss in the Class 3A District 1 tournament, but the Squalicum boys couldn’t do the same.

Playing at home, the Golden Eagles defeated Stanwood, 64-56, Friday in the consolation bracket to keep their state hopes alive. Ferndale had fallen into the losers’ bracket by losing to Snohomish on Thursday. Stanwood finishes the year at 10-11.

Ferndale (15-7) now only needs to win one more game to qualify for state, Saturday’s consolation semifinal against Edmonds-Woodway (12-9) at Everett Community College.

But they’ll need to be ready bright and early … tip off is 11 a.m. Edmonds-Woodway lost to top-seeded Arlington in Friday’s semifinals.

For updates on how the other Whatcom County teams are doing in the 1B, 1A, and 2A tournaments, be sure to keep checking www.whatcomhoops.com.

The winner of Saturday’s game will qualify for the state regionals, which begin next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23. The season is over for the loser.

Either way, the district tournament will be over for Ferndale. Because of all the weather-related postponements, the consolation final to decide third and fourth place was canceled. Seeding for the regionals will be done strictly by the state’s RPI rating system.

For the Squalicum boys, the Cinderella season that saw them finish the regular season with four straight wins to slip into the playoffs as the 10th and final seed, and then notch a play-in win to advance to the quarterfinals of the 3A District 1 tournament, is now over.

The Storm came up short Friday night, losing to Shorewood of Shoreline, 52-45, on the road to finish its season at 9-14. Squalicum had fallen into the losers’ bracket with a loss Thursday to second-seeded Arlington.

Shorewood (7-13) advances to the winner-to-state, loser-out consolation semifinal against Stanwood on Saturday.

Play-in games (last Thursday)
Stanwood 56, Everett 50 (loser out)
Meadowdale 77, Lynnwood 54 (loser out)

First round (Wednesday)
Snohomish 47, Ferndale 34
Shorecrest 59, Stanwood 42

First round (Thursday)
Edmonds-Woodway 52, Marysville-Getchell 39
Arlington 62, Meadowdale 49

Consolation round (Friday)
Ferndale 64, Stanwood 56 (loser out)
Meadowdale 55, Marysville-Getchell 43 (loser out)

Semifinals (Friday)
Snohomish 35, Shorecrest 29 (winner to state)
Arlington 55, Edmonds-Woodway 38 (winner to state)

Consolation semifinals (Saturday)
Ferndale (15-7) vs. Edmonds-Woodway (12-9) at Everett CC, 11 a.m. (winner to state, loser out)
Meadowdale (13-8) vs. Shorecrest (18-3) at Everett CC, 2:30 p.m. (winner to state, loser out)

Championship game (Saturday)
Snohomish (14-7) vs. Arlington (17-4) at Everett CC, 6 p.m. (winner first, loser second, both to state)

Consolation final canceled 
(Full schedule and bracket at nwcathletics.com)

Play-in games (last Thursday)
Squalicum 66, Lynnwood 52 (loser out)
Shorecrest 61, Meadowdale 46 (loser out)

Quarterfinals (Wednesday/Thursday)
Arlington 54, Squalicum 42
Marysville-Getchell 64, Shorewood 46
Stanwood 74, Edmonds-Woodway 61
Marysville-Pilchuck 64, Shorecrest 42

Consolation round (Friday)
Shorewood 52, Squalicum 45 (loser out)
Shorecrest 52, Edmonds-Woodway 40 (loser out)

Semifinals (Friday)
Arlington 65, Marysville-Getchell 52 (winner to state)
Marysville-Pilchuck 80, Stanwood 50 (winner to state)

Consolation semifinals (Saturday)
Shorewood (7-13) vs. Stanwood (13-6) at Everett Community College, 12:30 p.m. (winner to state, loser out)
Shorecrest (12-9) vs. Marysville-Getchell (11-10) at Everett Community College, 4 p.m. (winner to state, loser out)

Championship game (Saturday)
Arlington (16-5) vs. Marysville-Pilchuck (18-3) At Everett CC, 8 p.m. (winner first, loser second, both to state)

Consolation final canceled 
(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.