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State 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A girls capsules: East Valley, Clarkston have high hopes for 2A tournament

From staff reports

4A: Tacoma Dome

(3) Lewis and Clark

Record: 21-3, 12-2. GSL 4A runner-up, Dist. 8 champ.

When: Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Regional: Beat (6) Bellarmine Prep 76-47.

Key players: GSL MVP Jacinta Buckley, sr., (16.9 ppg, 12.7 rpg); Baylee Bishop, sr., (8.8 ppg, hon. mention); Dominique Arquette, sr., (9.8 ppg, 2nd team); Anna Reeves, sr., (7.6 ppg, hon. mention).

Outlook: State participant last season. Six seniors, including UNLV-bound Buckley. Stopped CV’s four-year hold on District 8 titles.

Quote: “This team has really come together as a group and are playing some of their best basketball right now, especially on the defensive end.” – Coach Gabe Medrano.

(4) Central Valley

Record: 21-3, 13-1. GSL champ, Dist. 8 runner-up.

When: Thursday at 3:45 p.m.

Regional: Beat (5) Glacier Peak 59-44.

Key players: Tomekia Whitman, sr., (13.8 ppg, 1st team); Camryn Skaife, sr., (11.4 ppg, 2nd team); Mady Simmelink, sr., (8.3 ppg, 2nd team); MJ Bruno, soph., (7.7 ppg); Kate Sams, sr. (6.8 ppg).

Outlook: Defending State 4A champ. Six seniors have been part of two state title teams as a program.

Quote: “We’ve been working on our defense all season and that’s what we always focus on.” – All-GSL forward Tomekia Whitman.

3A: Tacoma Dome

(2) Mt. Spokane

Record: 22-1, 11-1. GSL 3A champ, Dist. 8 champ.

When: Thursday at 2 p.m., quarterfinal.

Regional: Beat (7) Bethel 63-32.

Key players: Aspyn Adams, sr., (14.6 ppg, 1st team ); Jayda Noble, jr., (9.3 ppg, 1st team ); Niveya Henley, soph., (12.0 ppg, 2nd team); Emily Nelson, sr., (8.0 ppg. hon. ment.); Averi Adams, sr., (hon. ment.).

Outlook: State participant last season. Aspyn Adams headed to Loyola Marymount in fall; Noble has committed to Washington.

Quote: “Our team has had a great year – hard-working group that loves to compete, is loaded with great leaders and leadership, has a great blend of kids who love being together.” – Coach David Pratt.

2A: Yakima SunDome

(2) East Valley

Record: 19-4, 10-2. GNL champ. Dist. 7 runner-up.

When: Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. vs (10) Anacortes.

Regional: Lost to (7) Washougal 52-45.

Key players: Genesis Wilkinson, sr., (1st team all-GNL); Faith Adams, sr., (1st team); Brie Holecek, jr., (2nd team); Holly Flynn, sr.

Outlook: Third in state last year. Beat Clarkston two of three in regular season to win league title. Beat Ellensburg 63-55 in crossover to reach regionals. Held to season-low 45 points in regional.

Quote: “They pressured us pretty good. We panicked a little bit. We didn’t continue to attack like we normally do.” – Coach Rob Collins of regional loss.

(3) Clarkston

Record: 23-2, 10-2. GNL runner-up; Dist. 7 champ.

When: Thursday at 7:15 p.m., quarterfinal.

Regional: Beat (6) Port Angeles 61-35.

Key players: GNL MVP Ashlyn Wallace, soph., (25 ppg, 3 apg, 4 spg, 4 rpg.); AJ Sobotta, sr., (7.1 ppg, 2nd team); Mickala Jackson, jr., (8.7 ppg, 2nd team).

Outlook: Wallace has two 39-point games this season. Lost two of three to East Valley this season. Beat Selah 60-51 in crossover.

Quote: “Surviving a very tough and competitive GNL league has definitely prepared us for state.” – Coach Debbie Sobotta.

1A: Yakima SunDome

(9) Medical Lake

Record: 18-6, 11-1. NEA champ, Dist. 7 runner-up.

When: Wednesday at 2 p.m. vs (8) King’s.

Regional: Beat (16) King’s Way Christian 42-31 in loser-out.

Key players: NEA MVP Jessica Lohman, sr., (11 ppg); Lexie Redell, jr., (11 ppg, 1st team all-NEA); Jaycee Oliver, jr., (7 ppg, 2nd team).

Outlook: Back-to-back trips to state; placed fifth last year. Beat Omak 59-53 in crossover to reach regional.

(10) Freeman

Record: 18-5, 10-2. NEA runner-up. Dist. 7 champ.

When: Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. vs (2) Bellevue Christian.

Regional: Beat (15) Connell 62-42 in loser-out.

Key players: Macy Luhr, jr., (1st team); Jordyn Goldsmith, soph., (1st team); Ellis Crowley, so.

Outlook: State participant last year. Young, with one senior. Holding opponents to 29 percent shooting. Averaging 14 assists.

Quote: “We are returning eight players from last year’s state team. Our goal at the beginning of the year was to not only make it back to Yakima, but be playing on Saturday.” – Coach Aaron McLean.