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U-Hi girls win, face LC

Nyesha Joseph and Chenise Pakootas provided a 1-2 punch that carried University past visiting Gonzaga Prep 49-41 Monday night and into the double-elimination portion of the District 8 4A girls basketball tournament,

U-Hi’s reward? A date with unbeaten Lewis and Clark (20-0) tonight at 5:30 at LC. The loss eliminated G-Prep (11-10).

Joseph had 14 points and seven rebounds and Pakootas 9 points and 14 rebounds for the Titans (12-9). Tia Pressley had 16 points and 18 rebounds in a losing effort for G-Prep.

District 7 2B

It was a Bi-County sweep the first day of the tournament at Mead and Mt. Spokane high schools, led by No. 4 Davenport’s 43-40 win over Panorama League No. 1 Springdale.

Davenport 43, Springdale 40: Senior Mariah Mielke had 13 points and 10 rebounds and her freshman sister, Miranda, had 10 points as the Gorillas (14-9) got past the Chargers (19-3) at Mt. Spokane. Alysha Brantley led Davenport with 14 points. Shelbea Rainbolt scored 17 for Springdale.

Colfax 66, Selkirk 41: Kayla Johnson had 20 points for the Bulldogs (21-2), who had eight 3-pointers and shot 58 percent in the first half, on the way past the Rangers (12-10) at Mt. Spokane. Maria Villegas scored 17 for Selkirk.

Davenport plays Colfax on Friday at 3 p.m., the winner to state, and Springdale faces Selkirk at 6, loser out, at Mt. Spokane.

Lind-Ritzville 54, Reardan 23: At Mead, the Broncos (17-8), the Bi-County’s No. 1 seed, hit four 3-pointers in the early going and had little trouble with the No. 5 Indians (11-12). Cassie Cole and Heather Whitmore led a balanced L-R attack with 12 points each.

Liberty 53, St. George’s 39: The Lancers (16-8) broke open a close game in the second half to get past the Dragons (14-8) at Mead. Kelly Hennessy had 10 points and eight assists and Teara Cornmesser eight points and seven rebounds for Liberty. Lena Leverett-Standal scored 14 for St. George’s.

In games Friday at Mt. Spokane, Lind-Ritzville and Liberty play at 4:30 with the winner qualifying for state and Reardan and St. George’s meet in a loser-out game at 7:30.

District 9 1B

Rosalia and LaCrosse-Washtucna won loser-out games to keep their state hopes alive.

Rosalia 55, Tri-Cities Prep 32: Chelsea Sims scored 11 points and Meaghan Reddish 10 to lead the Spartans (10-13) to victory. Janelle LeMieux led Tri-Cities Prep with 11.

LaCrosse-Washtucna 42, Touchet 35: Della Fleming’s 12 points led the Tigercats (8-10) past the Indians.

Rosalia and LaCrosse-Washtucna play Friday at Endicott at 2:30 p.m. in another loser-out game before St. John-Endicott and Colton play for the No. 1 seed at 6.

Boys basketball

District 8 4A

Ferris 52, Central Valley 44: Connor Haliday scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half to help the Saxons (11-10) establish the lead as they eliminated the Bears (10-11) in a tight one.

Evander Cobbs scored 10 for CV in the first half, but the Saxons shut him down in the second half in advancing to a date with No. 1 seed Gonzaga Prep tonight at 7:15 at G-Prep. CV was eliminated.

District 7 2B

Panorama League No. 1 St. George’s averted a Bi-County sweep on opening night with a 58-34 victory over Lind-Ritzville at Mt. Spokane.

St. George’s 58, Lind-Ritzville 34: The Dragons (16-6) put three players in double figures, led by Jordan Dickson’s 20 points, to get past the Broncos (13-11). Dickson scored 10 in the first quarter and Connor Deife hit two his five 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes on the way to a 15-point game as the Dragons opened a 22-12 lead. Cory Whitmore scored 15 for L-R.

Davenport 58, Republic 34: Taylor Morgan had 14 points and five steals and Chris Becker nine assists to help the Gorillas (16-6) beat the Tigers (6-15) at Mt. Spokane. Jarod Gunning also scored 14 for Davenport.

When play resumes Saturday at Mt. Spokane, St. George’s and Davenport meet at 1 p.m. in a winner-to-state game and L-R faces Republic at 4, loser out.

Northwest Christian 55, Liberty 34: Chase Ramey and Matt Zandbergen led a balanced attack for the Crusaders (23-0) with 13 points each as they stayed perfect by getting past the Lancers (9-14) at Mead. Jared Descoteaux had seven rebounds and four steals.

Reardan 51, Selkirk 34: The Indians (13-11) made just 7 of 18 free throws, but led by Mike Matson’s 15 points and 11 rebounds got past the Rangers (14-9) at Mead.

Saturday at Mt. Spokane, NWC and Reardan play at 2:30 p.m., the winner going to state. Liberty and Selkirk play a loser-out game at 5:30.

District 9 1B

St. John-Endicott and Tri-Cities Prep won the right to play at 4 p.m. Friday at Endicott as they kept alive their hopes for a state berth. Rosalia and Touchet play for the No. 1 seed to state Friday at 7:30.

St. John-Endicott 64, Colton 50: The Eagles (13-7) got 16 points and nine rebounds from Dylan Schmick in eliminating the Wildcats (5-12). SJ-E had a 30-14 rebounding advantage.

Tri-Cities Prep 52, LaCrosse-Washtucna 33: William Hoppes and Sergio Lopez scored 13 apiece as Tri-Cities Prep eliminated the Tigercats (2-15).

Women’s basketball

Sophomore Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga was named West Coast Conference co-player of the week in women’s basketball after averaging 19 points, 6 .5 assists and 6 rebounds in two wins last week.

Track and field

Idaho thrower James Rogan is the Western Athletic Conference men’s field athlete of the week hitting a personal best in the men’s shot put in a third-place effort at the Husky Classic. His throw of 56 feet, 11/4 inches is the best in the WAC this season.