Katara Belton-Sharp, fouled shooting a 3-pointer with the score tied at 57 with 31 seconds to play, knocked down three free throws to send Ferris on the way to a 62-57 win at Central Valley in a District 8 4A loser-out girls game Monday night.
The fifth-seeded Saxons (7-13), who repeatedly had to rally from behind, added two more free throws to cap the scoring and send them into the double-elimination portion of the tournament. They’re at No. 1 seed Gonzaga Prep (17-3) tonight at 5:30.
Belton-Sharp hit five 3-pointers and was 5 for 5 from the free throw line in a 20-point game and Brittney Johnson added 13 points for the Saxons. Katie Estey, who hit three 3s, led No. 4 CV (10-11) with 15 points. Brooke Gallaway, who missed more than a quarter after twisting an ankle near the end of the first half, came back in the final period to score five of her 14 points for CV. The Bears led 39-23 when they lost Roni Dringle in a bloody collision in the third quarter. She did not return.
District 7 2B
Reardan and Colfax qualified for the State 2B tournament and St. George’s and Lind-Ritzville won battles for survivals.
Misty Skelton hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds to play as Colfax (15-7) defeated Kettle Falls (14-8) 49-46 and Reardan (20-2) got double-figure scoring from three players, led by Kelsey Moos’ 12 points, in a 62-37 win over Northwest Christian (13-9) at Mt. Spokane. Hannah Dietzen scored 15 for NWC.
Samantha Charlton hit two free throws with 14.9 seconds left for KF before Skelton nailed the winner.
Reardan and Colfax play for 1-2 seeding to state at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Spokane. Kettle Falls plays St. George’s at Mt. Spokane and NWC meets Lind-Ritzville/Sprague at Mead, both at 6 p.m., in loser-out games Wednesday.
Brenna Russell had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Alex Wert 10 points and 12 rebounds as St. George’s (5-18) eliminated Davenport (8-14) 36-30. Miranda Mielke hit two late 3-pointers for the Gorillas in an 18-point game.
Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (10-12) got scoring from eight players and clamped down the defense after intermission, limiting Republic (10-12) to 10 second-half points in ousting the Tigers 40-35.
District 6 2B
Guards Dominique Pleasants and Jada Desautel, scoring from outside and inside, equally divided 32 points to lead Lake Roosevelt (14-7) to a 51-46 win over Kittitas at Eastmont.
District 8 4A
Therone Tillett dropped in five 3-pointers to lead a 12-for-25 long-range shooting performance as Rogers (9-13) went on the road for a 78-70 win at Mead (5-16) in the loser-out game.
Rogers’ reward? A date at No. 1 Ferris (19-1) at 7:15 tonight when the double-elimination portion of the tournament begins.
Rogers, which also got two 3s and 17 points from Steve Delvecchio, shot 54 percent from the field. Garrett Swanson made all 10 of his free throws and scored 29 points for Mead.
District 7 2B
A couple of 20-2 teams, Colfax and Northwest Christian, will square off at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Spokane for the district’s 1-2 seeding to state after both qualified with victories at Mt. Spokane.
Brandon Gfeller’s two free throws in the final minute produced a 56-55 win for Colfax over a Reardan (10-11) team that overcame a 22-9 first-quarter deficit to take a 55-54 lead on a Jake Hight basket before Gfeller won it. JJ Robinson led Colfax with 23 points. Johnny Keiffer led Reardan with 16.
NW earned its spot in the title game with a 63-33 win over Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (11-11). Cole Ramey had 17 points and Kwinn Hanson 15 for NWC. Dylan Hartz led LRS with 11.
LRS plays Springdale at Mead and Reardan faces St. George’s at Mt. Spokane in loser-out games at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Uconn Peone went 8 for 8 from the free throw line in a 35-point game and Kendall Peone added 22 as the brothers combined for 57 points in Springdale’s (9-13) 82-56 triumph over Davenport (10-11) and Dexter Sienko had 20 to lead St. George’s (11-11) past Liberty (7-16) 49-43 in loser-out games at Northwest Christian. Ryan Zeller scored 16 to lead Davenport and Dylan Salsbury led Liberty with 15 in the loses.
District 6 2B
Keith Rosenbaum had 16 points and Brandon Kohler 14 to lead nine scorers for Lake Roosevelt (18-3) in a 62-28 triumph over Warden at Wenatchee.