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Kwinn Hanson scored 21 points, including all 17 of Northwest Christian's first-half total and anchored the defense to lead the Crusaders to a 41-32 victory over Napavine for the 2B boys basketball championship Saturday night at the Arena.
The Tigers (23-4), appearing in the first title game, shot less than 30 percent. Reece Stanley and Colton Brown had 10 points apiece for Napavine
It was the seventh state title for Northwest Christian (25-2), which had a four-year reign end last year.
It was odd when Drexler Doherty scored Neah Bay's first 14 points and had 16 in the first quarter in the State 1B championship game. He also had 19 at halftime as his team trailed Sunnyside Christian 31-25.
Well, something just as strange is going on in the 2B championship game. Northwest Christian is leading Napavine 17-15 and Kwinn Hanson has all 17 Crusader points. The first 16 came on 8 of 11 shooting. The rest his teammates are 0-10.
Fourth national anthem is in the books, seventh and eighth teams of the night introduced, tip-off is moments away for the fourth State B championship game at the Arena, 2B boys, Northwest Christian going for its seventh title, Napavine in its first title game. Close to a half-hour late, not too bad with all the net cutting and trophy presentations.
After two draining games that were decided by a total of six points, the Northwest Christian Crusaders will try and make it three in a row at the state tournament when they take on Napavine. The Tigers, led by the hot shooting of David Lorton, easily dispatched Lake Roosevelt and Bear Creek to make the championship. Both teams feature good size underneath and skilled guard play on the perimiter. Should be a doozy.
Reardan used a 10-0 run in the second half to pull away from Toutle Lake to win the State 2B girls basketball championship 55-42, the Indians' fourth title but first since 1988.
Sophomores Chantel Heath scored 16 points and Kelsey Moos 13 for the Indians (25-3), who trailed 35-31 when the surge started.
Toutle Lake (26-3) was playing in its first title game.
It wasn't easy to determine Drexler Doherty matched a State 1B boys basketball record, it took a little longer to figure Derek Isaak's.
Doherty scored 31 in Neah Bay's 55-50 loss to Sunnyside Christian Saturday night. That's one more point than Tyler Edwards of Cusick scored against Lummi at last year's tournament in Yakima, but of course just matched the 31 Colton's Dustin Patchen scored yesterday, when the Bruins beat the Wildcats 63-60. (Doherty onlyhad 23 in that game.)
As for Isaak, his game winning shot in Almira/Coulee-Hartline's 57-55 win over Colton for third place, his last points in three trips to State, gave him 247 points. With the 97 he scored, he erased the 202 of Moses Lake Crisitian's Adrian Moffet from 2007-09.
About those records, B historian and former long-time coach Jim Stinson, mentioned tonight he was going to close the record books at 2010 and start another one effective with this tournament. That's because some teams can play five games at state, when in the past four was the max.
In fact, 1B girls champion Colton played five. The Wildcats lost to ACH last Friday in a first-round game in Walla Walla. Colton bounced back to beat St. John's on Saturday to qualify for the final eight, then ran the table in Spokane.
Last year, the Reardan Indians missed out on playing in the state title game, but hope to follow in Bi-County rival Colfax's footsteps, by winning a title after the Bulldogs won the last two.
The Indians will have to get by Toutle Lake, which has disposed of Brewster and Lake Roosevelt to play in tonight's championship.
Steven Broesma scored 24 points to lead Sunnyside Christian to a 55-50 win over Neah Bay in the State 1B boys basketball championship game at the Arena.
The Bruins were in it until the end as Drexler Doherty scored a 1B tournament record 31 points, matching the 31 Dustin Patchin of Colton had a day earlier - against the Bruins, also in a losing effort (63-60).
It's the seventh state title for the Knights.
After two excruciatingly close semifinal games, the Sunnyside Christian Knights and Neah Bay Red Devils will square off for the State 1B championship. Sunnyside Christian escaped with a win against ACH after giving up a double-digit lead to the Warriors. On the other side of the coin, Neah Bay came back from a second-half deficit to beat Colton 63-60.
Molly Kramer battled foul trouble but still scored 13 points and freshman Jenna Moser contributed some key baskets as Colton won its third straight 1B girls basketball championship by beating Almira/Coulee-Hartline 50-40 in a title game rematch from last year.
The Wildcats (25-2) avenged a 45-43 loss to the Warrior (24-3) in last Friday's first-round game of the new state tournament format. Colton won last year's title game 64-34.
ACH fell into a hole early, missing all eight of its shots in the first quarter to trail 9-4. The Warriors crawled back to tie the game at 12 but fell back again, trailing 22-14 at half and 31-27 entering the fourth quarter.
Nikki Osborne, who led ACH with 19 points, banked in a 3 early in the fourth quarter to cut Colton's lead to 33-32 but Kramer scored inside and, Haley Moser, who fouled out with 10 points, hit a pair of free throws. Then Jenna Moser nailed a 3. Kramer finished with 15 points, Jenna Moser 9 and Kaitlin Druffel had 10.
Just two hours after the Almira/Coulee-Hartline and Colton boys took part in a 57-55 barnburner for third place, the Warrior and Wildcat girls will square of for the State 1B girls' title. ACH has cruised through its first two games to reach the championship, outscoring its opposition 110-58. Colton, meanwhile, survived a 40-35 scare against Sunnyside Christian to reach the finals.
Colfax will try and right the ship today as the Bulldogs face off against Bear Creek in the third-place game of the State 2B boys tournament. The Bulldogs were edged by Northwest Christian 48-44 in their semifinal game and hope a new day will bring better results against the Grizzlies.
The Columbia girls will hope for the same in their third-place game against Sunnyside Christian in State 1B action. The Lions will try and erase the memory of a 19-point loss against ACH, looking to close their season on a high note against the Knights.
Waking up early on a Saturday is torture for a 16-year old high school kid. So waking them up early on a Saturday to play a basketball game is probably akin to asking the dead to rise and put on a broadway show.
But that is what is being asked of the Lake Roosevelt and La Conner boys teams and the Selkirk and Neah Bay girls. Playing at 8 a.m., an hour earlier than Thursday and Friday's earliest tilts, they will battle it out for fourth place at the Spokane Arena.
In State 2B boys' action, Lake Roosevelt bounced back in its second game, handling Waitsburg-Prescott, while La Conner outlasted Adna.
The State 1B girls' fourth-place trophy will go to either Selkirk or Neah Bay, who both registered blow out wins in their second games against Lopez and Mary M. Knight respectively.
The final pairings for Friday's games will be Reardan against Darrington in the 2B girls' game and Colton against Neah Bay in the 1B boys.
The Reardan Indians are fresh off a 63-48 win over Napavine and will look to double their pleasure against Darrington, which won in double overtime Thursday over White Swan.
In the final boys' matchup, District 9 runner up Colton will square up against Neah Bay a day after winning their first ever state tournament game.
The Almira/Coulee-Hartline boys will try and join their female counterparts in tomorrows 1B title games. To get there, the Warriors will have to beat Sunnyside Christian in their State 1B semifinal. The Knights pounded Lummi 62-23. ACH also made quick work of its first opponent, Mt. Rainier Lutheran, winning 66-25.
In the first State 2B girls' semifinal, Lake Roosevelt will shoot for a title-game berth playing Toutle Lake. The Raiders beat Adna 50-30 to move into today's semifinal. Toutle Lake handled Brewster in its quarterfinal 41-32.
The last time ACH and Columbia met, the Warriors sent the Lions packing, earning the top spot out of District 7. The result? ACH needed just one game to advance to Hardwood Classic, while the Lions needed back-to-back wins. Both teams held up their end of the bargain last weekend and now meet again in the State 1B girls' semifinals, with a berth in the title game on the line.
In the other State 2B boys' semifinal, Bear Creek and Napavine will try and earn a date in the championship with Northwest Christian. Napavine cruised by Lake Roosevelt in its first round game, while the Grizzlies needed overtime to beat Waitsburg-Prescott.
Colfax and Northwest Christian have seen plenty of each other this season, splitting two games during the Bi-County 2B league season and playing again for the district title. NWC holds a 2-1 edge in the season series and now both teams will battle for the first spot in the State 2B boys' championship game.
Colton, meanwhile, will get its first test of the tournament, playing Sunnyside Christian. Both teams opened yesterday with 30-point wins against Neah Bay and Mary M. Knight. The winner of this afternoon's game between the Wildcats and Knights will play for the State 1B girls' title tomorrow.
After two lopsided girls' games and two hotly contested boys games in the opening session, Brewster and Adna will try and prove they deserve to stick around in the State 2B girls' bracket, while Lummi and Mt. Rainier Lutheran will do the same in boys' 1B play.
Brewster, a perennial state power up until 2008, lost in its first game back to the Hardwood Classic, 41-32 to Toutle Lake.
Lummi and Mt. Rainier Lutheran will try and get on the right track after tough first-round losses by a combined 80 points.
For the teams who fell Thursday, the next day of competition becomes a fight for their tournament lives. Elimination Friday will mean the difference between returning home with a piece of hardware or going home empty-handed.
In the opening elimination game in the State 2B boys basketball tournament La Conner and Adna will try to avoid going 0-2 in tournament play and advance to Saturday's fourth-place game. both the Braves (21-5) and Pirates (22-4) are coming off agonizing losses to Northwest Christian and Colfax respectively. The Braves lost 59-57, while Adna was edged 45-44.
The State 1B girls' game will be a chance at redemption for both Neah Bay and Mary M. Knight. The Red Devils (23-2) were blown out by Colton in their first game, while Mary M. Knight (11-13) was held to 11 points in their loss against Sunnyside Christian.
With the day moving over to the other two tournaments featured at the Spokane Arena, the Almira/Coulee-Hartline boys and Lake Roosevelt girls will try and make the state semifinals.
ACH opens play in the State 1B bracket with Mt. Rainier Lutheran, hoping to join the ACH girls in tomorrow's semifinals. The two teams feature just one loss between them, making for a hotly contested quarterfinal. But that would be the norm for today's action, as two of the 2B boys' games were separated by a combined three points and a third went into overtime.
In the girls' State 2B bracket, Lake Roosevelt will try and advance to the semifinals, playing the Adna Pirates. The LR boys fell earlier in 2B action today. An interesting thing to watch for is the closeness of this contest. All four 1B girls games were won by more than 30 points.
It has been a lackluster first three games of the girls' State 1B tournament. three blowouts have included the two worst scoring performances in tournament history. Looking to make it four straight are the high-flying Almira/Coulee-Hartline Warriors in their game against the Selkirk Rangers of the Panorama League.
In the final State 2B boys game, the Bear Creek Grizzlies wil face off against Waitsburg-Prescott, with the winner advancing to play Napavine. After two games in which the opponents were separated by a combined three points, Lake Roosevelt laid a clunker against the Napavine Tigers, becoming the first team to get blown out in the 2B bracket.
Mary K. Knight, which took a ho-hum 11-12 record into Thursday's quarterfinals of the State 1B girls' basketball tournament — along with the distinction of being the youngest team in this year's field, showed its youth and inexperience in a big, and bad, way during a 73-11 loss to Sunnyside Christian.
The Owls, who trailed 47-4 at halftime, set a State 1B record for the lowest single point total — a mark that stood for a whole two hours, or until Columbia (Hunters) finished thundering Lopez 51-9- in the quarterfinal mismatch that followed.
Afterward, MKK coach Lance Valley admitted his girls fell victim to the state tournament “Wow factor,” which is understandable, considering Valley has four freshmen and four eighth-graders — two of whom are part of the Owls' regular rotation — on his roster..
According to Valley, you are allowed to bring eighth graders up to play on the varsity any time there are nine or fewer girls in the entire high school, and this year Mary K. Knight has only eight.
That the Owls managed to qualify for state is remarkable in itself. During the regular season, they lost back-to-back games by scores of 55-11 and 51-19. And Taholah, the team they beat 45-37 in the secnd round of the State B, blistered the Owls 61-35 and 54-27 during the regular season.
“We had been playing better,” said Valley, whose team committed 39 turnover during Thursday's loss, “but today we had that deer-in-the-headlights thing going on.”
Local teams have had their run of success through the morning bracket games as the Colfax and Northwest Christian boys have advanced to the boys' State 2B semifinals and Colton has moved on in the girls' 1B bracket.
Next up in the 2B boys is Lake Roosevelt, which will go up against Napavine for a spot in the semis. Lake Roosevelt beat St. George's handily to advance to Spokane and led by Ty Egbert, will try and beat the Tigers, who won their only game of the state tournament last Friday.
The Columbia Lions have risen to every challeng thus far this postseason after getting knocked off by Almira/Coulee-Hartline for the disrict title. Since then, the Lions have won four straight games and find themselves pitted against the Lobos of District 1.
Northwest Christian's twin towers, 6-6 Rueben Clark and 6-5 Kwinn Hanson, was cut in half when Hanson took an inadvertent shot to the mouth midway through the second quarter of the Crusaders' State 2B boys basketball game against LaConnor Thursday morning.
Hanson changed shoes and departed the Arena while his teammates were left adjust without their leading scorer and his almost 19 points a game.
The Braves four-guard lineup almost got the Crusaders, falling 59-57 as Landy James scored 16 points, Mike Wilbur and Kyle McKnight 13 apiece and Spencer Novak 11 points.
NWC guards were up to the challenge with Cole Ramey scoring 16 points and Dakota Winward 15.
As for Hanson, who had six points and three rebounds in his 11.5 minutes, he had got some stitches and is expected to be ready when the Crusaders renew their rivalry with Colfax, which escaped Adna 45-44.
Northwest Christian is in a huge battle with LaConnor, it's 48-46 Crusaders with 5:30 to go. NWC has been without leading scoring Kwinn Hanson, who left the Arena with his mother in the first half, probably headed to see a dentist after taking an elbow or head to the mouth. Hanson is the team's leading scorer at 18.9 ppg.
With Colfax already winning their first game of the boys' State 2B tournament, Northwest Christian and La Conner will do battle to earn the right to face the Bulldogs in the second round. NWC, who shared the Bi-County 2B league title with the Bulldogs' will hope to meet them in the semifinals.
In the State 1B girls' game, Mary M. Knight will hope to continue its recent run against Sunnyside Christian. MMK needed two wins to advance to Spokane and did just that, beating Highland Christian and Lopez back-to-back.
The Colfax boys and Colton girls are among the first four teams to start their quest for a state title in the 9 a.m. games.
Colfax plays Adna in the first game of the boys 2B bracket, and an early shaky start has them down 7-4 in the first quarter.
The Colton girls, meanwhile, have started on an 8-3 run against Neah Bay in State 1B action.