Eagles grab regular-season crown
The Great Northern League regular season ended Tuesday, but the District 7 2A boys playoff picture is still a bit muddy.
West Valley won the league title, the top seed in district and a first-round bye. Pullman and Clarkston tied for second place and will play a tiebreaker game 7 p.m. Thursday in Colfax. The winner will earn the No. 2 seed and a bye into the second round, while the loser will host No. 6 seed Colville at 7 p.m. Saturday.
West Valley 53, Colville 49 (OT): Brian Haffner scored five of his game-high 25 points in overtime and the Eagles (16-4, 12-2) turned away the upset-minded Indians (7-13, 4-10) in Colville.
Miguel Anaya finished with 15 points for Colville and hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Pullman 63, Clarkston 54: The Greyhounds (14-6, 11-3) used a balanced scoring attack to knock off the host Bantams (12-7, 11-3) and force a playoff game to decide second and third place.
Jared Byers tallied 14 points, Jaime Fertakis scored 13 and Jaron Hodge added 12 for Pullman.
Clarkston’s Dustin McConnell led all scorers with 20.
Cheney 39, Medical Lake 23: DeAngelo Jones and Daniel Igbinoba each had double-doubles – scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds apiece – to help the Blackhawks (9-11, 7-7) secure the No. 4 seed with a win over the host Cardinals (8-12, 5-9), who settled for the No. 5 seed.
Dalton Harding topped Cheney with 13 points.
The teams square off again on Saturday in Cheney in a first-round district game.
Deer Park 54, Riverside 43: Dan Hutchinson scored 18 and Tevin Hines and Alex Wolf combined for 24 points to lead the visiting Stags (4-16, 3-11) to a victory over the Rams (5-14, 3-11).
Shelby Cheslek tossed in 23 points and Erika Hansen scored 14 to lead the Pullman Greyhounds to a 69-62 win over the Clarkston Bantams in Clarkston. Pullman (18-2) finished the regular season with a 14-0 record in league play. Kellie McCann-Smith notched a game-high 28 points for Clarkston (15-5, 12-2).
Top-seeded Pullman and No. 2 seed Clarkston both earned byes into the second round of the District 7 2A tournament. The Greyhounds will host the winner of Cheney and Colville on Monday, while the Bantams will play the winner of the West Valley-Medical Lake contest.
West Valley 47, Colville 44: Hannah Love poured in 21 points and the Eagles (15-5, 9-5) withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Indians (9-11, 6-8) to win in Colville.
Whitley Luu scored 17 to pace the Indians, who trailed 44-33 with less than 5 minutes left in the game.
West Valley is the No. 3 seed and will host sixth-seeded Medical Lake on Friday in the first round of district play. Colville finishes as the fifth seed and will travel to No. 4 Cheney for a first-round game on Friday.
Cheney 43, Medical Lake 41: Jenna Hatch hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in the game – her only basket of the night – and the Blackhawks (8-12, 7-7) held on to beat the Cardinals (6-12, 4-10) in Medical Lake.
Marissa Propeck led the Cardinals with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Riverside 40, Deer Park 32: Rheanna Kaley had 12 points and nine rebounds to propel the Rams (2-17, 2-12) to a victory over the visiting Stags (3-17, 2-12).