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District 8 girls: Central Valley romps to 4A title game

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 11:31 p.m.

It’s unlikely Freddie Rehkow will watch any video in preparation for the District 8 4A girls basketball final.

And the Central Valley coach will refrain from reviewing his team’s film from Saturday.

There’s no hint of arrogance in Rehkow’s reasoning.

“We work on us,” said Rehkow, whose top-ranked Bears romped past the visiting University Titans 75-28 in a district semifinal Saturday. “All of the girls are capable of having big nights. If everybody can say I’m happy with my job, we don’t care who is scoring. We’ve just go to put the ball in the hole.”

The win earned the Bears (22-0), ranked No. 1 in the WIAA’s RPI computations, a berth to regionals. Their seeding will be determined when they meet Lewis and Clark (15-7), which hammered Mid-Columbia Conference top seed Chiawana 65-35 in the other semifinal at Chiawana.

The showdown is Friday at 6 when the tourney concludes at the Arena.

U-Hi (14-8) plays host to Gonzaga Prep (14-9) in a loser-out game Tuesday while Richland goes to Chiawana in another elimination game. The winners face off Friday to decide a third berth to regionals.

Central Valley 75, University 28: If Rehkow were to peek at the video of another lopsided victory, he would see an effort that bordered on a masterpiece.

The Bears graded high in the three things Rehkow most values – defense, execution and passing. Making baskets takes a back seat to those core principles.

CV piled up 26 assists, which were split evenly in both halves. By game’s end, nine of 10 players had at least one assist. Lacie Hull led with six and Peyton Howard came off the bench to dish out five.

“This is an unselfish team,” Rehkow said. “I think the thing I was most pleased with – and I told them – was their unselfishness.

“We were passing up good shots for great shots. As long as we do that they’re going to be tough to stop. We’re guaranteed a state berth now.”

The Bears handled the Titans 55-28 and 62-35 during league play, but U-Hi outscored CV in the final two quarters of the second matchup.

Some thought the Titans might give their best account the third time around.

The Bears never let U-Hi have an ounce of hope.

CV used a 16-2 run to forge a 22-8 lead after the first quarter. The Bears followed with a 20-5 surge to go into intermission with a 27-point lead.

It got worse in a hurry in the opening minutes of the second half. An 8-0 spurt gave CV a 52-17 lead, and the Bears reached the 40-point running clock mode at 61-21 with 3:20 remaining in the period.

It was CV’s 24th consecutive win dating back to the conspicuous setback in the state quarterfinals a year ago. The Bears have won 74 of their last 75.

Reigning Gatorade Player of the Year Lexie Hull was her usual dominant self, scoring a game-high 29 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Idaho-bound Hailey Christopher had 12 points, three assists and three steals and Tomekia Whitman added 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.

“We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Lexie Hull said.

“In practice, we need to keep giving our best effort and getting better each day so we’re ready for each game that comes.”

Kinsley Barrington led U-Hi with 10 points and Ellie Boni had eight rebounds.

Around the tourney

Lewis and Clark 65, Chiawana 35: Jacinta Buckley scored 19 points with 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals and the visiting Tigers (15-5) tamed the MCC top-seeded Riverhawks (18-4) in a district semifinal.

Andie Zylak added 10 points and seven boards for No. 14-rated Lewis and Clark, which plays CV in the district championship game Friday at the Arena.

Gonzaga Prep 53, Walla Walla 37: Mia Scelfo scored 20 points, Makena Dodson added 15 and the visiting Bullpups (14-9) eliminated the Blue Devils (12-10).

G-Prep faces University in a loser-out game Tuesday.

Richland 58, Pasco 44: The Bombers (11-11) eliminated the visiting the Bulldogs (8-15) and will face No. 9-rated Chiawana in a loser-out game Tuesday.