Prep Report: Bear Creek hoops teams one win from state

Bear Creek guard Nikki Peterson scored a career-high 25 points during the Grizzlies
Bear Creek guard Nikki Peterson scored a career-high 25 points during the Grizzlies' 63-38 win over the Vikings in their Bi-District tournament opener on Friday night at home. Both the Bear Creek girls' and boys' teams are one win away from securing berths to the 2B state basketball tournament.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Sini Fernandez

The Bear Creek School basketball teams dismantled their first-round opponents at the Bi-District tournament on Friday night at home and are both now one win from securing a berth to the 2B state tournament.

The boys routed Cedar Park Christian (Mountlake Terrace) 65-21, torching the nets for 45 points in the second and third quarters combined to pull away.

Freshman guard Luke Blankenbeckler led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Lucas Peterson with 17 and Ryan Strandin with 13.

The win improved the boys' team to 18-3 overall, and sent them to a winner-to-state contest against Seattle Lutheran at 8:15 Tuesday night at Chief Leschi School in Puyallup.

The girls used a hot start to bury Orcas Island early in their 63-38 win over the Vikings.

The Lady Grizzlies led 19-4 after the first quarter and extended their lead to 49-29 after three.

Nikki Peterson notched a new career high with 25 points, followed by Catherine Fernandez with 10 points and six blocks.

Kristina Engelstone (nine points, 10 assists) and Morgan Rial (eight points, 10 rebounds) nearly had double-doubles for the Grizzlies. Bear Creek improved to 18-0 and take on Mount Vernon Christian in a winner-to-state game on Tuesday night at 6:30 at Chief Leschi.

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