Columbia High headed back to State tourney
The Columbia High Lady Lions (25-1) are headed back to the State Hardwood Classic March 1-3 at the SunDome in Yakima. Top row, left to right: Coach Rudy Christianson, Payton McCrea-Wynne, Stine Bondo, Mackenzie Parrow, coach Mindy Flett, Lindsay Loe, Kaitlin Jones, Andreya Colvin and Kim Hart. Bottom row: Rachel Keedy, Katie Flett, Krista Colvin, Elizabeth Larrew and Jada Colvin.
overwhelmed by CHS
Columbia High (25-1) got a combined 70 points from Elizabeth Larrew, Lindsay Loe and Krista Colvin in a 77-11 crushing of overmatched Wilson Creek (9-11) in a State 1B girlâ€™s regional game last Saturday afternoon at Shadle Park High School in Spokane.
The win earns CHS, whose only loss this season to date was to Class 2B state favorite and two-time defending state champion Reardan, a date at the Class 1B Hardwood Classic in the Spokane Arena March 1-3.
CHS will open the 1B tournament Thursday at 7:15 p.m. against little known Northwest Yeshiva.
Other openers will pit top-ranked and defending champion Colton vs. Neah Bay at 3:45 p.m. and Lopez vs. Almira/Coulee-Hartline at 5:30 p.m. in the eight-team tournament.
The final game of the night will feature Cusick against Sunnyside Christian at 9 p.m.
Likes State draw
CHS head coach Mindy Flett liked Sundayâ€™s state draw.
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â€śOur draw was very favorable this year,â€ť she said on Monday. â€śIf we win that one (opener), we would get the winner of Cusick and Sunnyside Christian on Friday at 9 p.m.
â€śThen, if we win again, we could potentially run into Colton for the championship (on Saturday). I like our chances of that happening.â€ť
Columbia, who finished third at State last year, played Sunnyside Christian in the third and fifth place game.
â€śDonâ€™t get me wrong,â€ť Flett said. â€śSunnyside Christian is a great team and very well coached. But I like our chances with our experience and age on the team.
Larrew led the Lady Lions with 32 points and eight steals in the rout of Wilson Creek.
In the late game on Saturday, Almira/Coulee-Hartline (20-4), who lost the Bi-District championship game one week earlier to Columbia, also made the eight-team State 1B field this week at the Yakima Sun Dome with a tough 45-35 win over Moses Lake Christian.
Guard Madelne Isaak led the Warriors with 13 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and eight steals. Senior post Miranda Porterfield led ACH with 17 points.
ACH scored 28 points off of 29 Moses Lake Christian turnovers.
Colvin drained the game-winning three-pointer with one second left to lift CHS over ACH in the NE 1B District title game. ACH led until the one-minute mark of the fourth quarter when Mackenzie Parrow rebounded and scored her own missed bucket to tie the game.
â€śThat finish was and always will be unforgettable,â€ť CHS head coach Mindy Flett said of the last-second win over ACH.
The district title was the first-ever for the Columbia High girls program.