Mercer Island beats West Seattle, advances to district semifinals | Girls prep basketball

The Mercer Island girls basketball team beat West Seattle on Tuesday afternoon in the second round of the SeaKing District tournament. The Islanders beat West Seattle 38-32.

The Islanders will now advance to the district semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 14.

On Tuesday, West Seattle was up 10-6 at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 20-14 at the end of the second quarter.

Mercer Island bounced back in the second half, scoring 11 points in the third quarter and adding another 13 in the final minutes, all while holding West Seattle to 12 points in the entire half.

Jessica Blakeslee and Kris Brackmann both scored eight points in the win, Renae Tessem added seven and Jamie Mounger posted six points. Christina Williamson had five points and Julia Blumenstein and Rachael Tessem scored two each.

Mercer Island will play the winner of the Juanita vs. Cleveland game which will be played later on Tuesday. Thursday's semifinal will take place at Bellevue College on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8:15 p.m.

The winner will move on to the championship game on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Bellevue College at 8:15 p.m. A loss on Thursday and Mercer Island will play on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. in the third/fourth place game.

The Islanders have secured a position in the state regional tournament whether the team wins or loses on Thursday.


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