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Originally published February 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM | Page modified February 28, 2010 at 10:16 PM

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Undefeated Auburn Riverside gets tough state draw | Girls basketball

The Class 4A girls state basketball tournament begins Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome.

Seattle Times staff reporter

RENTON — Mercedes Wetmore didn't expect any favors in the draw for this week's Class 4A state girls basketball tournament.

Good thing, because she and her Auburn Riverside teammates didn't get any Sunday during the proceedings at the WIAA headquarters.

The top-ranked, unbeaten Ravens (25-0) open against No. 9 Edmonds-Woodway (22-2) Wednesday at noon at the Tacoma Dome. And if they beat the Warriors, rated as high as No. 5 this season, they get either No. 3 Federal Way (21-6) or No. 4 Chiawana of Pasco (23-3), who square off at 2 p.m.

"We've got a challenging draw," Wetmore said, "but every year we've won state, we've had a challenging draw."

Wetmore, a senior guard who has signed with Washington, was part of the Auburn Riverside teams that won Class 3A titles in 2007 and '08, then finished fourth at last year's 4A tourney.

The Ravens are clearly in the toughest quarter-bracket this week, but they are not the only team with a tough road. No. 2 Kentwood (22-5), the defending champion, faces No. 6 Newport of Bellevue (19-5) in a 3:30 p.m. opener. Next up likely would be No. 8 Mead of Spokane (21-5), which won the always-tough Eastern Regional and is favored against Puyallup (18-8) in the opening round.

Garfield (14-9), which started the season ranked fifth but struggled early, appears to be peaking at the right time and takes on Marysville-Pilchuck (17-6) Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Issaquah (21-4) faces a challenge out of the gate in Lewis and Clark of Spokane (16-9), another team that seems back on track after some midseason lapses.

No. 10 Lake Stevens (18-5), the Northwest District champion, drew the 9 a.m. game Wednesday against Rogers of Puyallup (18-9).

Check out the complete brackets at www.wiaa.com

Sandy Ringer: 206-718-1512 or sringer@seattletimes.com

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