Republic girls basketball coach Ted Torzewski said it is time for eight-time State 1B champion Colton to be dethroned.
Torzewski’s third-seeded Tigers took a step in that direction Friday, knocking off the No. 6 Almira/Coulee-Hartline Warriors 52-46 in a 1B regional game at University High School.
Republic (22-2) advances to the quarterfinals Thursday at the Spokane Arena. The Tigers will take on the winner of a Wednesday loser-out game.
ACH (20-4) takes on the Yakama Tribal/Entiat winner in a loser-out game Wednesday. Yakama Tribal and Entiat play Saturday.
As usual, senior Shania Graham stepped up big for Republic. She matched her scoring average with 28 points, 16 of which came in the first half.
Lily Beckwith hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining to give Republic a 50-46 lead. Graham sealed it by making both ends of a 1-and-1 with 14 seconds to go.
Republic beat ACH in the regular season before ACH knocked off the Tigers in the District 7 title game.
ACH got out to a 14-5 start, but Republic fought back to take a 23-20 lead at halftime.
“What we’ve been working on in practice is patience,” Graham said. “We’re a really fast-paced team, but due to last week we were kind of getting out of rhythm. We worked on running more time off the shot clock to get a better look for our offense.”
It worked Friday.
Graham and ACH’s Berlyn Hunt each had 19 points going into the fourth quarter. Hunt went scoreless in the final period.
Torzewski is looking forward to next week.
“Colton’s been the monster in the room for everybody for a while,” he said. “You’ve got to respect Colton, but it’s time for somebody else to get the title.”
Kalama 53, St George’s 49: Parker Esary scored 19 points and the third-seeded Chinooks (22-3) defeated the No. 6 seed Dragons (21-3) 53-49 on Friday in a 2B regional round game at Mark Morris HS in Longview.
Lydia Bergquist scored 11 points to lead the Dragons, who move on to a state first round game on Wednesday at the Arena. Kalama advances to a second round game on Thursday.
St. George’s led 27-23 at intermission but cooled off in the second half and Kalama capitalized with a 17-13 run in the fourth to secure the win. Kalama went 14 of 25 from the line while St. George’s was just 4 of 7.
Colton 54, Selkirk 26: Jordyn Moehrle scored 18 points and the top-seeded Wildcats (21-2) defeated the No. 8 seed Rangers (20-5) 54-26 on Friday in a 1B regional round game at Cheney HS.
Colton advances to play in a second round match-up on Thursday at the Arena, while Selkirk advances to a first round game on Wednesday.
Colton broke out to a 14-5 lead after the first quarter and cruised, limiting Selkirk to single digits in each of the four quarters. Dakota Patchen added 13 points for the Wildcats.
Selkirk was led by Jenna Couch with eight points.
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