Colfax girls basketball coach Corey Baerlocher called his team’s 11-point lead a “ticking time bomb.”
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the explosive detonated when Lake Roosevelt’s Jada Desautel hit a 28-foot heave at the buzzer to give the Raiders a 45-42 win over Colfax in the opening round of the State 2B basketball tournament at University High School Friday evening.
Even though Colfax led 28-17 at the half, Baerlocher wasn’t impressed with his team’s play.
“We were amped up. We were too excited and that kept us from executing the way we needed to,” Baerlocher said.
Colfax finished the season 15-9 while Lake Roosevelt went to 14-7. The Raiders will play Waitsburg-Prescott today at U-Hi with the winner advancing to the round of eight next week. Lake Roosevelt advanced with its win.
The Raiders scored only five points in the second quarter, but Baerlocher cited repeated gaps in his team’s full-court press, which left him feeling squeamish.
The Raiders played man-to-man defense in the first half but started the third quarter in a 2-3 zone that Baerlocher said lulled his team to sleep.
“We quit attacking and became less aggressive in the second half,” Baerlocher said.
A 12-3 third quarter brought the Raiders back and they trailed 31-29 heading into the fourth.
The Raiders attacked from all points on the floor. Center Roweena Antone had 11 points inside, Dominique Pleasants chipped in 11 from the wing and Desautel shot away from the outside as she went 5 for 5 from the floor and 2 for 2 from 3-point range and had nine points.
With Lake Roosevelt holding a 42-39 lead with 8 seconds to play, Colfax’s Hannah Harazin shook off a cold shooting night and buried a 3-pointer to tie the score. She finished as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer with 10 points.
But the euphoria Harazin’s shot provided for the Bulldogs shifted to the Raiders when Desautel scored as time expired.
White Swan 75, Waitsburg-Prescott 53: The Cougars (16-4) gradually began pulling away from the previously undefeated Cardinals (19-1) midway through the second quarter and were never threatened.
Northwest Christian 47, Asotin 38: The Crusaders jumped out to an early lead and dominated the boards against the Panthers at Wenatchee High School.
The Crusaders face Reardan in a loser-out game today at Wenatchee High School. Brewster earned a spot in the final eight with a 46-41 win over Reardan.
Hannah Dietzen led the way with a double-double, leading NWC (16-9) with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Colfax 57, White Swan 41: The Colfax boys’ finish wasn’t nearly as suspenseful, but the undersized Cougars (18-3) did everything they could to leave the Bulldogs huffing and puffing.
Colfax led 22-20 at the half. The Bulldogs (19-2) went on a 7-0 run to send the score to 29-22, and forced White Swan coach Manuel Rangel to call time out with 6:28 to play in the third. And with their speed, quickness and fast-paced style of play, the Cougars went to a full-court press and shot their way back into the game, cutting the deficit to 33-32.
But the Bulldogs finally adjusted to the press and went on a 9-0 spurt to close out the third quarter.
“That’s a great team. They show a lot of different sorts of pressure,” said Bulldogs coach Reece Jenkin.
Staying in the press, White Swan shaved the deficit to 45-39, but Colfax snuffed out another comeback attempt and went on a 12-2 run to close the game.
Colfax advances to play Brewster today.
Waitsburg-Prescott 63, Brewster 50: A 9-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter launched the Cardinals (19-1) into the round of eight. The Bears (10-11) were led in scoring by Stockton Taylor – a younger brother of Whitworth University guard Michael Taylor – with 12 points.
Northwest Christian 62, Lake Roosevelt 55: Kwinn Hanson scored 20 points and teammate Dakota Winward added 14 to lead the Crusaders (22-1) to a win over the Raiders (20-4).
The Crusaders will play next in the Spokane Arena on Thursday. Lake Roosevelt faces St. George’s at 3 p.m. today at Wenatchee High School.
St. George’s 47, Asotin 36: Mark Kenney scored 14 points and Karl Muelheims pulled down 10 rebounds as the Dragons (14-11) eliminated the Panthers at Wenatchee High School.
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