High School Sports
Although the Vikings culture was accustomed to playing for championships, Auburn didn’t want to let the experience of their opponent dictate how the game would be played.
The undefeated Lady Bulldogs of Garfield High School found themselves one win away from becoming back-to-back state champions, but standing in their way was Lake Washington.
With the win, Auburn, coming off an upset win over the number one seeded Garfield Bulldogs, defeated their second straight Metro League opponent, and advanced to the championship game where they will face another Metro League powerhouse in the Rainier Beach Vikings.
Rainier Beach's impressive play has given them an opportunity to win their ninth state championship under coach Mike Bethea.
In a rematch from a matchup in December, the number one seed Garfield Bulldogs and the number two seed Auburn Trojans faced off again, but this time it was in the first round of the WIAA Boys 3A state basketball tournament.
In the final minutes of the game, the Vikings would allow Gig Harbor to only score 4 points, while Green’s layup and Robinson’s free throws sealed a 65-60 win.
Earning a second seed heading into their regional game, the Garfield Bulldogs would face off against Stanwood High School who lost to Arlington last week and looked to end Garfield’s 18-game winning streak.
In their most recent matchup this season, Rainier Beach led Seattle Prep by 18 points, but the Panthers battled their way back and won the game in double overtime to advance to the Metro League Championship.
Both teams struggled to find their rhythm offensively in the first quarter as the referees allowed the teams to play very physical, and both teams forced difficult shots and turnovers with their defensive pressure.
Just one week removed from the Metro League’s championship game, Garfield and Lakeside faced off again Saturday night for the district title.