YAKIMA – Angela Hartill came up with the performance of a lifetime in the biggest game of her prep career.
The Riverside senior scored 20 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as the Rams knocked off co-favorite East Valley (Yakima) 36-30 in the first round of the State 2A girls basketball tournament on Wednesday. The Rams will play Lynden Christian in tonight’s late quarterfinal at 9.
East Valley, the champion in 2002 and 2003 and ranked atop The Associated Press poll much of the season, will play Eatonville in the consolation round at 2 p.m.
The Rams toppled the Red Devils in the Yakima SunDome, which has become EV’s home away from home. Since the start of the 2001-02 season, EV was 17-1 in the SunDome before Wednesday.
Hartill’s inside domination allowed the Rams defense to extend and hold East Valley to 24.5 percent shooting from the floor and just 1 of 10 on 3-pointers. Hartill’s 16 rebounds were evenly split on both ends of the floor.
“We knew they were a tremendous shooting team and that if you let them shoot 3s, they can crush you,” Riverside coach Dave Wood said. “To hold them to 1 for 10 is great.”
The Rams didn’t have a much better time shooting the ball. Riverside was 9 for 45 from the floor (20 percent) and 2 for 21 from long range.
Hartill took over the for Rams in the last 12 minutes. She scored four of the last five Riverside points in the third period, then opened the fourth period with a three-point play, giving the Rams a 28-24 lead.
East Valley clawed back to tie the game at 28, but a jumper from the free-throw line by Cherylyn Kettel, a free throw by Dianne Kasinger and a layin by Hartill – sandwiched around a basket by EV’s Jena Jacobs – allowed the Rams to retake the lead at 33-30 with 2:08 remaining.
Chewelah 78, Chimacum 31
Chewelah offensive barrages in the first and fourth periods were too much for the Cowboys in a morning opener.
The win was the Cougars’ second first-round win in four trips to state. They will play Ridgefield today at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Chewelah roared to an 11-3 start and led 22-5 after one period. The Cougars forced seven Chimacum turnovers in the period and Jenny Polm had eight of her game-high 16 points.
Polm was one of four Cougars players in double figures. Jen Leick and Christie Ludwick had 12 each and Jochelle Schatz had 10.
The Cowboys held their own in the middle periods, but a 24-3 Cougars outburst in the final period sealed Chimacum’s fate.
Chewelah’s rebounding (a 45-31 margin) and defensive work were too much for a Chimacum team that hadn’t been to state since 1977.
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