YAKIMA – East Valley’s state title hopes rode a torrid 3-point shooting spree in the first half to a 57-50 quarterfinal win over Anacortes on Friday in the girls State 2A basketball tournament at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Hannah Burland – who had 14 points in the first half – hit 4 of 5 3-pointers while Sydney Moore was 2 of 2 from long range. East Valley outscored the Seahawks, 25-15 in the second period and then held on through the second half.
After finishing with trophies the last two years, the Knights are now one win away from a chance at a state title. They face Shorecrest – back in the tourney for the first time since 2012 – in the semifinals today at 3:45. A win in that game would guarantee their best finish at state.
“We had one other game where we shot the ball like that,” East Valley coach Rob Collins said. “In the first half, we had it going and it’s a lot of fun when they play like that.”
But as well as they shot in the first half, the Knights seemed to lose their rhythm in the second half and the Seahawks whittled away at the lead.
Hannah Burland finished with 20 points, including a final 3-pointer that quelled Anacortes’ final run with 4:12 remaining in the game. Her cousin Elle Burland added 10 points.
“When they cut it to five points, I thought ‘Oh, Dang, we had a good lead and lost it,’ ” Collins said. “Hannah hit that three and we got the stop. Boy, that was big.”
Clarkston 57, Woodland 25: The defending champion Bantams held the Beavers to 14 points through the first three periods and sprinted into today’s semifinals with an easy victory.
Clarkston, 23-1, will play Lynden in the first semifinal at 7:15 p.m. The winner advances to Saturday’s 3 p.m. title game.
Clarkston held a 31-12 lead at halftime and put the game away with a 26-2 effort in the third period.
Trevon Allen led Clarkston with 19 points; Jett Sobotta added 12 and Davian Sobotto had 11.
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