YAKIMA – For the second day in a row, West Valley’s carefully crafted plan to topple a Class 2A powerhouse collapsed under the weight of an opponent’s third-period run.
West Valley’s Eagles kept Mark Morris close for nearly three quarters, then chipped a seven-point Monarch lead down to two points on a field goal by Brady Bagby, but could get no closer and were eliminated from the boys State 2A basketball championship 50-46 at the SunDome on Friday.
West Valley’s season ends with a 16-10 record.
On Thursday, the Eagles had 2008 champion Ephrata playing at a tempo West Valley wanted for a long stretch, but ultimately an 11-0 third-period run turned the game in the Tigers’ favor.
The Monarchs – second in 2007 and third in 2008 – pried open a tight contest on a pair of field goals by Dalton Thacker following a 3-pointer from Sean Atkins, which gave the Monarchs the lead for good.
Mt. Baker 70, Clarkston 64: The Bantams (17-8) raced to a 24-9 lead but were outscored by 20 points in the final three periods and were eliminated.
Chanse Brownell had 19 points on 7-of-10 field-goal shooting and Dustin McConnell added 11 points and four assists for Clarkston. Brownell had two 3-pointers in the first period and Trey Sobotta had one.
The Bantams hit 5 of 14 from 3-point range in the first half but hit just 2 of 14 in the final 16 minutes.
The Mountaineers cut a seven-point halftime deficit down and forged a tie on a layin by Caleb Buchanan with 51 seconds remaining in the third period.
Fife 55, Deer Park 51: The Stags’ bid for their first state trophy ended as the Trojans surged to a 23-10 second-period lead and Deer Park could not recover.
Deer Park made history Wednesday with its first state tournament win since 1955 but dropped two straight games afterward.
Kendall Peone led the Stags (16-9) with 15 points, and Colton Peone chipped in 13.
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