March 8, 1998 in Sports

Boys

 

Chief Leschi 70,

Valley Christian 51

Key to the game: The Warriors (25-3), jumping to a 13-2 lead with their superior size and speed, were never seriously challenged by the Panthers (25-3) in a championship matchup of teams that had won 13 consecutive games.

Other highlights: Chief Leschi slowed down a Panthers team that had won three tournament games by an average of 17 points. … The big damage came from underclassmen, as sophomore Brandon Brown scored 18 and junior Lamont Trent 17 for the Warriors…. VC missed its first nine shots from the field and was often forced to foul on the defensive end.

Chief Leschi 15 15 21 19 - 70

Valley Christian 8 11 15 17 - 51

CHIEF LESCHI - Brown 18, I.Richardson 0, M.Richardson 0, Lach 15, Bradley 2, Morales 0, Simmons 0, Johns 11, Redding 2, McCloud 5, Trent 17, Frances 0.

VALLEY CHRISTIAN - Brecto 0, Diaz 0, Troyer 0, J.Decker 8, Smith 8, Spuler 6, Meyer 0, Sears 12, B.Decker 9, Evans 0, Sandin 8, Lacy 0.

Odessa 50, Darrington 45

Key to the game: The Tigers (21-10) used a 40-29 rebounding edge to earn fifth place, their first trophy since 1971.

Other highlights: Darrington (18-11) trailed 40-30 after George Schafer’s basket with 7:10 left… . The Loggers pulled within three, 48-45, on Dennis Pomeroy’s layup with 11 seconds left, then nearly stole Odessa’s inbounds pass after both teams called timeout… . The Tigers missed two free throws in the final 49 seconds before junior center Ryan Floch hit two to ice the win with 6.6 seconds left.

Odessa 11 13 14 12 - 50

Darrington 12 6 11 16 - 45

ODESSA - Kramer 5, G.Schafer 9, Floch 19, Jeske 10, Pitts 7, Z.Schafer 0, Walter 0, Praetorius 0.

DARRINGTON- S.Wright 0, Bryson 5, Tanner 0, Fromong 3, Buell 0, Miller 14, Fether 2, Pomeroy 7, Sherrill 14.

La Conner 44, St. George’s 29

Key to the game: Dane Lundberg had back-to-back three-point plays as the Braves (24-4) pieced together a 10-0 run early in the second half to seize command and earn fourth place, their third-best showing in 30 tourney appearances.

Other highlights: Both teams shot poorly, with the winners hitting 32 percent from the floor and St. George’s 4 of 20 on 3-pointers and 11 of 48 overall (23 percent). Senior guard Lundberg was the exception, as he hit 4 of 7 field goals and 5 of 7 free throws… . Both teams went scoreless for more than 4:30 in the second quarter… . Senior Richard Koss had 15 rebounds to lead the Braves’ 42-29 edge.

St. George’s 8 4 7 10 - 29

La Conner 10 7 13 14 - 44

ST. GEORGE’S - Blume 2, Dhillon 2, Taylor 0, Moser 6, DePonty 8, Spencer 7, Yi 0, Witherspoon 0, Thomsen 4.

LA CONNER - Stephens 0, Hoffman 0, Lundberg 14, Nystrom 7, Otis 6, Towse 0, Skiffington 0, Ellis 0, Odell 9, Lane 2, Mexfeldt 0, Koss 6.

St. John-Endicott 63, Curlew 60 (2OT)

Key to the game: Karl Scheuerman scored six points in the second overtime, including a three-point play with 2:45 left, as the Eagles (23-6) outlasted the depleted Cougars (24-7) to take third place, their third-best finish as a consolidated team.

Other highlights: Curlew, which placed sixth, finished with three second-stringers after Seth Cribby, Erich Prazak and Jeremy Groth fouled out… . SJE seized the lead midway through the third quarter and never trailed except when Gunner Olsen scored a basket early in the first OT… . Curlew’s Jeremy Groth forced OT with a basket off an inbounds play with 1:02 left.

St.J-E. 16 11 18 7 2 9 - 63

Curlew 7 21 13 11 2 6 - 60

ST. JOHN-ENDICOTT - Miller 0, Bafus 20, Strader 0, Stoner 2, Hames 4, Scheuerman 24, Jo.Siler 7, Stolmeier 6. CURLEW - G.Olsen 19, Groth 15, Edwards 5, J.B.Olsen 8, Prazak 11, Cribby 0, Stotts 0, March 0, Strandberg 2.

Girls

Ritzville 50, Wilbur-Creston 37

Key to the game: Long-distance offense spelled the difference. Ritzville (29-0) hit six 3-pointers, all off the hands of Shannon Russel.

Wilbur-Creston (19-8) came up empty on 10 attempts.

Other highlights: A scoreless drought over the first 5:22 of the second quarter doomed the Wildcats. The Broncos turned an 11-7 deficit into a 17-11 advantage and never trailed again. Ritzville has now won 39 straight games. The last team to beat them was Wilbur-Creston. The Wildcats accomplished something that no other opponent did against Ritzville in the tourney … they broke the 30-point barrier.

Wilb.-Cres. 11 6 5 15 - 37

Ritzville 7 14 12 17 - 50

WILBUR-CRESTON - Sherwood 0, Harris 0, Mann 0, Deahl 3, Arden 9, Erickson 16, Dreger 5, Nelson 4.

RITZVILLE - Wellsandt 2, Warriner 0, Sackmann 0, Weber 10, Horpedahl 0, Fitch 3, Gibler 0, Russel 18, Yerxa 8, Alspach 9, Janzen 0, Zicha 0.

Waitsburg 50, Tekoa-Oakesdale 33

Key to the game: Waitsburg (21-7) shot just well enough to walk away with the fifth-place trophy.

Tekoa-Oakesdale (26-5) shot just 22 percent in a losing effort, but still took home the eighth-place trophy.

Other highlights: Anne Bickelhaupt scored a game-high 14 points and tied teammate Kelly McCaw with a game-high 11 rebounds for the Cardinals.

The Nighthawks’ Heather Cox, a junior, scored just six points in the finale, but she’s now tossed in 113 career points at the state tourney.

Waitsburg 11 16 12 11 - 50

Tekoa-Oakes. 9 12 3 9 - 33

WAITSBURG - Jones 11, Hulce 7, Ryckman 0, Lambert 0, Smith 0, Abbey 4, McCaw 10, Seney 0, Cunz 0, Bickelhaupt 14, Klefel 4, Conover 0.

TEKOA-OAKESDALE - K.Driscoll 0, S.Brown 0, S.Driscoll 3, Smart 2, M.Brown 8, Hay 3, Graffis 2, Smith 2, Je.Bruce 5, Ja.Bruce 0, Cox 6, Crow 2.

Manson 66, Sunnyside Christian 55

Key to the game: Manson (21-6) dominated the fourth quarter en route to the fourth-place trophy. Katie Davis poured 15 points in the final eight minutes as the Trojans ran up 28 points. Sunnyside Christian (20-6) scored often in the first three periods, but a nine-point fourth-quarter did it in. The Knights finished seventh.

Other highlights: Davis ends her career with 224 points in two state tournament appearances.

Sara Den Hoed and Rachelle Martin combined for 29 points on 11 of 23 shooting from the floor. The rest of the Knights struggled, making just 8 of 30 attempts.

Manson 12 17 9 28 - 66

Sunnyside Chr. 12 19 15 9 - 55

MANSON - Guerra 0, Koenig 2, E.Foster 0, M.Foster 1, Nelson 0, Zuluaga 0, Davis 31, England 3, Johnson 13, Gayton 14, Weagant 2.

SUNNYSIDE CHRISTIAN - Marx 0, Apol 0, Martin 13, Den Hoed 16, Matson 0, Smeenk 10, Wind 0, L.Harris 0, K.Harris 7, Elenbaas 0, Den Boer 6, De Groot 3.

St. George’s 44, Sprague-Harrington 43

Key to the game: The one-two combination of Wenchi Liu (13 points) and Miranda Routh-Corker (19 points) brought the third-place trophy home to St. George’s (24-6). Sprague-Harrington (19-12) in its first state tourney appearance came away with the sixth-place hardware.

Other highlights: The Falcons struggles on offense continued to haunt them.

They hit only 18 of 53 shots (34 percent), including 0 of 4 from 3-point land.

There were 50 turnovers in the game, 29 by Sprague-Harrington. Two turnovers in the final 30 seconds proved costly for the Falcons, who trailed by one both times.

St. George’s 12 10 8 14 44

Sprague-Harr. 10 11 9 13 43

ST. GEORGE’S - Liu 13, Clarke 4, Henley 4, Blume 0, Grant 0, Nielson 2, DePonty 2, Routh-Corker 19, Moore 0.

SPRAGUE-HARRINGTON - Whipple 13, Ernst 2, Walters 9, Hatten 6, Harding 0, Engles 11, Morse 2, Scoles 0. Attendance: 9,963 (Friday); 46,776 (tournament).

, DataTimes


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