As expected, last Saturday nightâ€™s showdown for the State girlâ€™s 1B basketball championship came down to a battle of the top rankedâ€”three time defending champion Colton and Columbia High (28-2).
Columbia, putting together another brilliant campaign under head coach Mindy Flett, simply couldnâ€™t overcome the Colton juggernaut, losing 55-47.
With the win, Colton continues to breathe in some rarified air. There are very few teams that win one state championship, much less four in succession.
Senior Haley Moser and sophomore Jenna Moser combined for seven three-pointers as the sharp-shooting club from the Southeast managed to stay comfortably ahead of the Panorama League kingpin for most of the way.
Haley Moser led Colton with 21 points. Her sister added 15.
The Wildcats rolled to a 35-19 first half lead against a team that had lost only once all season long (that to 2B champion Reardan) coming in.
Columbia managed to cut a comfortable Colton lead to 13 points with a six-point run in the third quarter, but a slow start was too much to overcome.
Columbia got into foul trouble and had trouble with Coltonâ€™s typically tough defensive pressure. The Lady Lions shot 35 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers.
Columbiaâ€™s Lindsay Loe, despite foul issues, scored 21 points, 17 in the second half. Mackenzie Parrow added 17.
It has been a great run for Columbia at State 1B tournaments in Yakima and Spokane. The Lady Lions have won four trophies in four appearances. They packed home a second place trophy last Saturday night after two straight third place trophies.
CHS was bidding for its second girlâ€™s B basketball title. The Roy Graffis-coached Lady Lions won the state title back in 1986.
In their tournament opener last Thursday night, Columbia eased past Northwest Yashiva before pulling out a tough 40-35 semifinal win Friday night over Sunnyside Christian.
Loe led the Lady Lions with 18 points and 10 rebounds.