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La Center coach Forbes Lapp said he didn’t know much about Medical Lake entering the teams’ first-round boys State A high school basketball tournament game in the Tacoma Dome. He did know they’d come with speed.

It was the Cardinals’ quickness and athleticism and La Center’s poor shooting that allowed the Cardinals to keep it close for three quarters.

That’s when the defending State A champions kicked it into high gear and outscored Medical Lake by nine in the fourth quarter to win 79-62.

“A friend of mine called about 15 coaches on the East Side … and they wanted us to lose,” said Forbes, whose defending state champion Wildcats (24-0) extended their winning streak to 41. “All I knew was that they were very quick, and that they were.”

In the first half, Medical Lake (18-7) outshot La Center 45 percent to 33 percent and broke the Wildcats’ press. The Cardinals’ Kris Campbell was the offensive spark, scoring 15 of his team-high 20 points in the first half. The senior forward was 4 of 4 from 3-point range in the first half, 3 of 8 overall.

Campbell hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second quarter to give ML a 34-27 lead. The Cardinals led by as much as 37-29 when Brandon Moore hit 1 of 2 free throws. The score was tied twice in the closing minutes, the final time 39 when ML’s Carlos Simmons hit two foul shots for the half’s final points.

But the second-half pressure did in the underdogs.

“There was a span there when they pressured us and got a couple of steals (to go ahead 53-49) off their pressure. Instead of looking up the floor, they kept us where they wanted us,” ML coach Dave Olzendam said.

Simmons, who entered the game as the ML’s leading scorer (14.2 ppg) finished with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting. The 5-foot-7 point guard was matched against La Center’s 6-5 guard, Derek VanWeerdhuizen. The 1996 tournament MVP finished with 23 points.

However, it was Derek’s junior brother, shooting guard Dustin, who had the bigger game, scoring eight of his 28 points in the final 6 minutes. The towering twins matched their season average of 51 combined points.

The 6-6 Dustin VanWeerdhuizen, primarily guarded by ML’s 5-8 Andre Jackson, gave the Wildcats their first double-digit lead at 60-50. ML never got any closer than cutting it to 60-54. La Center’s 9-2 run midway through the final period sealed the game.

“We’re very disappointed,” said Olzendam. “We came here to win the whole thing.”

La Center 79, Medical Lake 62

M. Lake 24 15 11 12 62

La Center 18 21 19 21 79

MEDICAL LAKE Andre Jackson 10, Carlos Simmons 7, Kris Campbell 20, Jeff Nichols 5, Brandon Moore 9, Richard Brown 2, Chad Headlee 6, Ryan Shirley, Emery Meeks 1, Fred Miller 2, Vince Moore, Jeremy Bahr.

LA CENTER John Newman 8, Jake Smith 5, Michael Renner 10, Derek VanWeerduizen 23, Dustin VanWeerduizen 28, Mark Winston, Tim Rinake, Doug Philips, Nick Henley, Tyler Gore 2, Jon Vis 3.

Highland 50, Meridian 40

With Cli Higginbotham scoring six of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, Highland pulled away for victory.

Highland (22-3) led by just one point, 32-31, after three quarters, but outscored the Meridian 18-9 in the final period.

Higginbotham also had seven rebounds. Lance Hartung added 13 points and Adam Garcia 12 for Highland.

Jeb Kratzig and Dominic Chambers led Meridian (14-9) with 10 points each and Matt Strube had nine rebounds.

Both teams shot poorly from the field. Highland was just 16 for 52 (31 percent) and Meridian 14 for 53 (26 percent).

Highland 10 10 12 18 - 50

Meridian 11 9 11 9 - 40

HIGHLAND Higginbotham 15, Garcia 12, Hartung 13, Weaver 8, Borland 2.

MERIDIAN Kratzig 10, Chambers 10, Strube 1, Henderson 5, Rogers 5, Jensen 7, Bosman 2.

Chelan 60, Goldendale 40

Phil Cullen had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Chelan outscored Goldendale 18-2 in the second quarter to cruise to victory.

Chelan (23-1), which lost only to Omak, led 15-12 after one quarter before going on a tear. Goldendale (14-8) was just 1 for 16 from the field in the second quarter.

Brook Nickell and Jeff Carlson each chipped in 12 points for Chelan. Goldendale was led by the eight points each of Cory Weiss and Tony Latimer.

Chelan held a 45-29 edge in rebounding and shot nearly 50 percent from the field (24 for 51).

Goldendale 12 2 13 13 - 40

Chelan 15 18 13 14 - 60

GOLDENDALE Wilson 7, Latiner 8, Weiss 8, Marlow 5, Hassing 2, Cook, Schwabauer 4, Patzer 4, Berry 2.

CHELAN Dobbs 9, Nickell 12, Johnson 1, Cullen 20, Carlson 12, Jespersen 2, Miller 4.

Foster 57, Castle Rock 38

Keith Wheeler scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Foster over Castle Rock.

Foster (18-3) hit eight 3-pointers to none for Castle Rock (14-11). Brandon Lyons was 4 for 8 from 3-point range, scoring 12 points for Foster. Usef Aziz added 11. Shane Sheppared had seven assists for Foster.

Castle Rock, shooting only 29 percent from the field (15 for 52), was led by the eight points of Brian Masten. Bob Keat ley and Matt Schwinn each chipped in six points.

Foster trailed 4-2 early on, but went on 14-4 tear to end the quarter and never lost the lead.

Castle Rock 8 8 10 12 - 38

Foster 16 16 19 6 - 57

CASTLE ROCK Keatley 6, Crisman 4, McAllister 2, Masten 8, Lund 4, Seals 2, Hottell 1, Kandoll 2, Davis 2, Halverson 1, Schwinn 6.

FOSTER Aziz 11, Sheppard 2, Wheeler 17, Lyons 2, Lenear 6, Lyons 12, Topps 5, Jibril 2.

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