Colville High played its best basketball of the season to date last week, annexing the District 7 1A girlâ€™s basketball championship in wins over Lakeside and Newport. Front row, L to R: McKenna Cabbage, Jessica Wittmeyer, Taryn Main, Tyra Brons, Sadie Learn, Courtney Rainer and Megan Lee. Back row: Erin Little, Rylee Wittmeyer, Tasha Luu, Ashley Knight and Lexi Lehman. Photo courtesy of Tracy Main.
Colville High built a big early lead and cruised to a 44-26 win over Newport to annex the District 7 1A girlâ€™s basketball championship last Friday night at Mead High School.
Behind Ashley Knightâ€™s 28 points and 12 rebounds, the Indians (16-6) advanced to the title game with a 51-36 win last Wednesday over Lakeside in the opening round of District play.
CHS advances as District 7â€™s top seed to this weekâ€™s Bi-District 6-7 Tournament at Chelan High School and the Chelan Community Center.
The Indians will open Bi-District play Friday night at Chelan High School (5:45 p.m.) against the survivor of Wednesday nightâ€™s loser-out titanic at Moses Lake High School between top-ranked Freeman (21-1) and second-ranked Cashmere (20-1).
Both Freeman and Cashmere were upset in their district tournaments last week, setting up a rare loser out/winner advances meeting between the two Class 1A powerhouses. Game time is 7 p.m. at Moses Lake High School.
In the other Bi-District loser-out game Wednesday at Moses Lake, Chelan (11-11) will oppose Newport (16-7) at 5:30 p.m.
That survivor will advance to play CTL District champion Okanogan (18-4) Friday night (5:45 p.m.) at the Chelan Community Center.
Regional tournaments up next for three survivors of Bi-District
The winners of Friday nightâ€™s games will play on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the community center for seeding to the regional tournaments (Wenatchee and Yakima).
The loserâ€™s of Friday nightâ€™s games will play Saturday at 1 p.m. (at the Chelan Community Center) for the Bi-Districtâ€™s third and final seed to regionals.
The Indians need to win one game to advance out of Bi-District.
â€śI like our chances,â€ť conceded CHS co-head coach, Ray Clark. â€śEspecially after one of the two great teams (Freeman or Cashmere) is eliminated (on Wednesday). You donâ€™t figure something like that to happen.â€ť
Two-time defending State 1A champion Freeman was riding a 43-game winning streak before upstart Newport pulled off a 51-46 overtime upset over the Scotties in the District opener at Mead last Wednesday night.
Cashmere, winning games by an average of more than 20 points all season long, was upset by Okanogan 64-59 in the CTL title game last Saturday. Okanogan had lost a previous game to CHS by a scant two points.
CHS co-head coach Al Bushnell figures that it doesnâ€™t really matter who the Indians face at this point. Itâ€™s the post-season and everybodyâ€™s tough.
â€śIt really doesnâ€™t matter,â€ť Bushnell said. â€śYou have to be ready to compete. The important thing is that we donâ€™t have to play (a loser-out game) on Wednesday. That can suck the life out of you.
â€śWe have two opportunities to win one game this weekend.â€ť
Cashmere and Freeman bring somewhat differing styles to the table. Precise Freeman plays tough man-to-man defense and likes to work the clock and time of possession. Cashmere, on the other hand, is more up-tempo and likely quicker.
The Indians are playing their best basketball in the post-season. Clark and Bushnell hope that trend continues this week in Chelan.
â€śWe did a really good job on defense (at District),â€ť Bushnell said. â€śEspecially in that first half against Newport. We were able to make them do what we wanted them to do.â€ť
It didnâ€™t hurt that Colville hit half of its first half shots and rolled to a big 17-5 first quarter lead.
â€śWe did a lot of good things in the first half of that Newport game,â€ť Clark said. â€śWe ran the floor well and defended well.
â€śWe are playing our best basketball of the season right now. The kids are excited.â€ť
Luu has solid two games on both ends
Clark and Bushnell praised all of their kids for stepping up their level of play at District last week. Senior guard Tasha Luu was acknowledged for her consistency at Mead last week.
â€śTasha is playing under controlâ€¦ she gave us great leadership and eight quarters of great basketball on both ends,â€ť Clark said.
Knight led Colville with 13 points and Luu had 10 in the win over Newport.
Taylor Lewis, injured early in the first quarter, came back later and led NHS with eight points.
In the Newport win, Colville was 13 of 37 from two-point distance (35 percent) and one of four from long range. The Indians were 15 of 20 at the free throw line and committed 17 turnovers.
Knight, named to the All-NEA first team last week, also was on top of her game last week, particularly in that 28-point outburst against Lakeside.
Colville and Lakeside were tied 16-16 at halftime before the Indians went on a 19-7 third quarter run to take control.
â€śIt took us awhile to get going against Lakeside,â€ť Bushnell said. â€śWe were kind of unraveled for awhile.â€ť
The unraveling came during the latter stages of warm-up, when Colville starting guard Sadie Learn went down with an ankle injury. While Learn would play later in the game, the injury wreaked a little havoc with game plans and defensive assignments.
â€śIt changed all our defensive assignments,â€ť Clark said. The coaching staff scrambled and inserted sophomore McKenna Cabbage into the starting line-up.
â€śMcKenna came in and did a great job for us,â€ť Clark said.
CHS was 20 of 51 from the field (39 percent) and zero for three from three-point distance against LHS. The Indians shot a poor 11 of 26 at the free throw line. Colville committed only 10 turnovers in the big win.
In the game for third seed to Bi-District, Freeman built a comfortable early lead and held off Lakeside 47-36 behind Molly McIntyreâ€™s 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Taylor Flemming led Lakeside (11-12) with 13 points.
Colville 44, Newport 26
CHS 17 9 8 10â€” 44
NHS 5 7 5 9-- 26
Colvilleâ€”Knight 13, Lehman 2, Cabbage 2, Lee 0, Luu 10, Brons 5, R, Wittmeyer 0, Little 4, Learn 3, Main 5, J. Wittmeyer 0.
Newportâ€”J. Frederick 2, Lewis 8, Wiese 2, M. Frederick 6, Young 3, Newcomb 4.
Colville 51, Lakeside 36
LHS 6 10 7 13â€”36
CHS 10 6 19 16â€”51
Lakesideâ€”A. Cook-Cox 6, Flemming 23, Widman 2, J. Cook-Cox 5.
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Colvilleâ€”Knight 28, Brons 5, Luu 7, Learn 2, Little 5, Main 0, J. Wittmeyer 0, R. Wittmeyer 0, Lehman 0, Cabbage 4, Lee 0.