East side cleans up with five state titles
Saturday was a very good dayIt was mostly a great day for eastern Washington high school basketball teams last Saturday. The region captured five gold balls, synonymous with state basketball championships.For the first time in the history of the B’s, Colton won boy’s and girl’s championships on Saturday. The Colton girls, defining the word “dynasty,” captured an unprecedented sixth straight state championship.The Pullman High boys, ranked no. 1 or no. 2 for most of the season, annexed a second straight state championship for the Greyhounds’ six seniors.First timersGonzaga Prep’s girls, who had never before won a state tournament game, won it all Saturday, rallying to beat Mt. Rainier.Speaking of dynasties, Colfax’s girls brought home the State 2B crown.In the State 1B boy’s title game Saturday in the Spokane Arena, Jake Straughan, the school record-holder for points in a career (1,440), led his Wildcats to a 59-46 win over the Pomeroy Pirates and the title.He scored his team’s first eight points and teamed, like he has all season long, with fellow senior Dalton Patchen (21 points, 19 rebounds) for 46 of the team’s 59 points.Who said you can’t win a state title with two offensive threats?The Colton girls, not to be outdone, won its 44th straight on Saturday with a 57-26 blowout of Tekoa-Oakesdale in the title game.The Wildcats outscored T-O 24-0 in the third quarter after leading 33-26 at halftime.Zoe Moser led Colton with 26 points. Sister Jenna added 22 more. Colton beat TO badly four times this winter. TO got up 46 shots. Colton took 76.Colton will miss senior Jenna Moser, who leaves the school with 1,477 career points.Colfax (24-6) won the State girl’s 2B title in Spokane Arena with a gritty 45-38 win over Toutle Lake (25-1). The Bulldogs never scored more than 49 points in any of their three state tournament games last week, but CHS held opponents to an average of 31 points.Eight in 13 yearsYes, defense wins championships. Colfax, relying heavily on the defensive end, has won eight titles in the last 13 seasons. It was the first time in three years CHS has made the State field.Pullman, led by 5-6 Idaho bound (where he will play receiver) David Ungerer’s six points in overtime, captured its second straight 2A title with a 64-58 win over Lynden Saturday afternoon in the Yakima SunDome.Pullman (23-2) was forced into overtime after blowing an eight-point lead over the Lions in the game’s final minutes.Ungerer and All-Stater Race Martin were both named to the All-Tournament team. Martin was the tourney MVP.AJ Miles led PHS with 21 points.In the 2A boy’s consolation game, Clarkston (23-4), who finished second to Pullman during the GNL regular season and in the District 7 2A playoffs, claimed fourth place with a 41-26 rout of Mark Morris Kage Sobotta was in double figures for the third straight game with 10 points for the Bantams.Quick Clarkston limited Mark Morris to a paltry 19 percent from the field.The trophy is the second for Clarkston in its sixth boy’s State 2A appearance.In the girl’s 2A consolation round on Saturday, White River blew past GNL and district champion East Valley, 65-55.In a foul-fest, White River hit 25 of 43 free throws to hold off the Knights (21-5), who finished sixth. Led by tournament MVP Julie Spencer, W.F. West ran past Mark Morris 48-37 to annex the girl’s 2A championship at the SunDome. Spencer scored 20 points to lead the Bearcats (25-2).W.F. West got a measure of revenge for a 2013 state championship loss to Mark Morris. First titleIn the 4A girl’s championship in the Tacoma Dome last Saturday, Gonzaga Prep (25-1) overcame a 12-point deficit to edge Mt. Rainier 53-51.Mt. Rainier (25-4) built a 41-29 lead early in the third period before G-Prep was able to change the script by going to an extended 2-3 zone that the Spokane private school had never even practiced.Washington State University-bound Tramaine Isbell scored a tournament high 34 points to lead transfer-fueled Garfield (27-1) to a 68-59 win in the boy’s 4A championship over Richland (25-1). It was Garfield’s first state title since 1998. It may have been sloppy at times, but unbeaten Rainier Beach won its third straight State 3A boy’s title with a 47-45 win over Eastside Catholic last Saturday night in Tacoma.Djuan Piper drilled an off-balance jumper from just outside the foul line inside the game’s final 10 seconds. The win marks the eighth state title for Beach, who with the win will compete for a national prep championship in New York City.Cleveland won a second straight girl’s 3A title with a 54-46 win over Bishop Blanchet in Tacoma. In the 1A boy’s title game in Yakima, tournament MVP Brady Widner scored 21 points to lead Zillah to a 52-46 win over King’s. The win capped a perfect 27-0 season for the Leopards, playing in their third title game in the last four years.Zillah lost title games in 2011 and 2012.In the 1A girl’s title game, Kara Bajema led Lynden Christian (25-3) to a 55-40 win over King’s.Dragon slayersIn the 2B boy’s title game back in Spokane, St. George’s saw its bid for a second straight state championship go up in smoke when Morton-White Pass slipped past the Dragons 54-51 Saturday night.The game marked the first time unbeaten teams had matched up for a B title game since 1966. The Timberwolves won 27 games this season by an average of more than 30 points. That certainly wasn’t going to happen against a veteran St. Geo team that handed two-time State 2A champion Pullman one of its two losses this season (Clarkston was the other team).The Dragons (29-1) saw its 49-game winning streak come to an end. St. Geo rallied in the second half, cutting deeply into a 40-27 Morton-White pass lead late in the third quarter. St. George’s pulled to within 50-49 late in the fourth quarter, but the Dragons missed their final three shots and hit only 12 of 21 at the free throw line.