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State 4A: Winston does it all

Start of Walla Walla’s state opener sounded like a one-on-one game - Gary Winston 9, Todd Beamer 4. The Blue Devils lead 27-21 at half. Winston, who’s being recruited by area colleges as a junior, has 15 points.

Blue Devils’ Michael Weisner fouls out with 2 minutes, left, they make just 3 of 11 free throws down the stretch but win 54-49 thanks to Winston, 25 points, and the toughness and clutch play of Spencer Hessler (10 rebounds, 3 timely baskets).

Defenseless in Tacoma, Curtis falls behind Eisenhower 22-10 after a quarter and trailed 35-17 with 9 seconds left before scoring on a free throw and turnover cutting it to 35-20 at intermission. It was just the early indication of an impending collapse. Although Ike pushed a six point lead back to 14 in the final quarter, the Cadets blew it, refusing to milk clock, missing free throws and layins, turning the ball over down the stretch and losing 68-65.

 Pasco’s girls couldn’t make a basket, but still led by a basket before breaking away in the final four minutes for a 28-14 halftime advantage over Mt. Tahoma. They ran off 17 straight points to lead 41-19 and went on to an easy win.

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