East side teams come up big
Pullman winsfirst 2A titleSeveral eastern Washington high school basketball teams came up big at their respective state basketball tournaments last weekend.Great Northern League 2A champion Pullman (27-1), winners of 27 straight games, captured its first state championship basketball trophy Saturday night in the Yakima SunDome, downing Anacortes, 44-39.Pullman’s previous two top finishes were second twice.Race Martin, the ‘Hounds 6-4 post, came up big late, blocking an Anacortes shot in the game’s final minute and then made a steal in front of the Anacortes bench with 11 seconds remaining and PHS holding on to a tenuous 42-39 lead.Big upset over LyndenAnacortes, the no. 3 seed from District 1-2, had pulled off the tournament shocker one night earlier, knocking off defending 2A champion Lynden in a wild semifinal.Anacortes led 34-26 late in the third quarter before scratching their way back in it, ostensibly behind tournament MVP Corey Langerveld (20 points and nine rebounds). St. George’s (29-1) boys, after a couple of close games in their opener and semifinal (Morton-White Pass and Lind-Ritzville/Sprague), blew out Colfax 50-28 Saturday night in the Spokane Arena to capture to 2B crown. Colfax was the defending 2B champion.Erik Muelheims torched Colfax for 26 points.St. George’s lone loss was a one-point defeat early in the season to 2A champion Pullman.The Reardan girls (29-1) claimed their third straight 2B title in the Arena Saturday night, blasting fellow Northeast 2B rival Northwest Christian, 67-52.Kelsey Moos and Chantel Heath combined for 15 of the Indians’ final 18 points to help RHS stave off NWC’s upset bid.Moos also pulled down 15 rebounds. She’s heading to Arizona State on a basketball scholarship.Reardan, who beat NWC five times during the regular season, hit 13 of 20 from the field in the second half.Colton captured its unprecedented fifth straight 1B girls’ crown, downing Sunnyside Christian 55-40 in a comeback win Saturday in the Arena.Junior guard Jenna Moser and senior Paige Vincent combined for 39 points to lead Colton (25-1).18-1 in fourthMoser and Vincent combined on an 18-1 fourth quarter lead that extended the Wildcats’ lead from 37-36 to 55-37.Sunnyside Christian finished the season 28-1.Top-ranked Mead (24-1) pulled away from Arlington in the second half to post a 58-42 win in the State 4A championship game Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.Mead captured its first state title in 17 years.