Whether they’ll admit to it or not, the highly-rated and highly-ranked Central Valley girls team made a statement and aced their first test of the season with a resounding 36-point win over Bellarmine Prep at the Cam Jam Clash for Cancer at Central Valley HS on Thursday.
“I’m happy with the way we played (Thursday),” CV coach and Cam Jam organizer Freddie Rehkow said. “We got after it. That’s the team I know we can be right there. The defensive pressure was just smothering. We were on the floor for so many balls tonight. Any coach would be happy with that.”
Lexie Hull scored 24 points – the first 10 of the game and 22 in the first half when it mattered – and Central Valley avenged its only loss of last season, when the Lions ended Central Valley’s 52-game winning streak in the quarterfinals of last year’s 4A state playoffs.
In other girls’ basketball, Keara Simpson finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds and Lake City beat Ferris 72-43 at the Avista Holiday Tournament at Lewis and Clark State College, while Lakin Gardner scored 15 points, Mia Scelfo added 12 and Gonzaga Prep handled Pasco at the Hanford Holiday Tournament.
On the boys side, Ryan Christy came off the bench to score 18 points on six 3-pointers and Ferris beat Wenatchee 71-45 at the Avista tourney.
North Central and Mt. Spokane also picked up wins at holiday tournaments.