Washington (WIAA) 2B high school girls basketball state tournament: 2024 predictions, top players

After four grueling days of basketball at the Spokane Arena this week, somebody will be dancing with the big WIAA gold ball Saturday night.

Colfax returns as the defending state champion, but a host of contending hopefuls are waiting for their shot.

Here are SBLive WA’s teams and players to watch, and round-by-round predictions – complete with a championship-game pick.

washington (wiaa) 2b high school girls basketball state tournament: 2024 predictions, top players

Photo by Todd Milles

CLASS 2B TOURNAMENT (Bracket)

(Wednesday first-round games in Spokane)

G1: No. 11 Cle Elum-Roslyn (18-7) vs. No. 3 Okanogan (20-4), 9 a.m. (Winner plays No. 4 Colfax at 9 a.m. Thursday)

G2: No. 10 Davenport (16-9) vs. No. 2 Warden (20-5), 10:30 a.m. (Winner plays No. 8 Mabton at 10:30 a.m. Thursday)

G3: No. 12 Toutle Lake (20-6) vs. No. 5 Rainier (22-4), 12:15 p.m. (Winner plays No. 6 Adna at 12:15 p.m. Thursday)

G4: No. 9 Tonasket (21-4) vs. No. 1 Napavine (21-3), 2 p.m. (Winner plays No. 7 Brewster at 2 p.m. Thursday)

Semifinals Friday: 3:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Championship game Saturday: 5:30 p.m.

FAVORITE: Napavine

In all honesty, it’s anybody’s tournament – but Tigers were awarded top seed after winning the District 4 title. They have everything – ball-handling (Taylen Evander), rebounding (Keira O’Neill) and perimeter scoring (Hayden Kaut).

washington (wiaa) 2b high school girls basketball state tournament: 2024 predictions, top players

Brynn McGaughy, Colfax Photo by Erik Smith

FAB FIVE

G Jacey Boesel, Okanogan, soph. (18.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 4.5 assists, 5.3 steals)

G Karsyn Freeman, Adna, jr. (24.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 steals)

F Lauryn Madsen, Warden, sr. (23.2 ppg)

G Brynn McGaughy, Colfax, jr. (17.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 blocks)

G Esmeralda Sanchez, Mabton, jr. (12.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 6.5 steals)

PLAYER TO WATCH: Brynn McGaughy, Colfax

Even after being slowed early on by a serious foot injury, one of the nation’s top juniors has still posted big outings down the stretch for the defense 2B champions as the state’s premier inside-outside playmaking threat.

washington (wiaa) 2b high school girls basketball state tournament: 2024 predictions, top players

Photo by Todd Milles

PREDICTIONS

First-round picks:

Okanogan over Cle Elum-Roslyn

Warden over Davenport

Rainier over Toutle Lake

Napavine over Tonasket

Quarterfinal picks:

Colfax over Okanogan

Warden over Mabton

Adna over Rainier

Napavine over Brewster

Semifinal picks:

Colfax over Warden

Napavine over Adna

Championship pick:

Colfax 59, Napavine 57

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