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Colville High (16-8) dropped a pair of Bi-District girl’s Class 1A games last weekend in Chelan and saw a very successful season come to an end.
The Indians opened the Bi-District Tournament last Friday night at Chelan High School against two-time defending State 1A champion Freeman. The Scotties, winners of the Northeast A League regular season championship, had advanced to Chelan with a loser-out, 57-54 win over second-ranked Cashmere (20-2) back on Feb. 15 at Moses Lake High School.
The Scotties (24-1), whose only loss this season to date was a District 7 1A overtime setback to Newport, had no such trouble against Colville, leading wire to wire in a 47-24 win.
Colville had no offensive answers for Freeman
Freeman outscored cold-shooting Colville 14-4 in the second quarter and 15-4 in the fourth quarter.
Molly McIntyre led a balanced FHS attack with 10 points.
No one for Colville scored more than six points (Taryn Main).
On Saturday afternoon at Chelan Community Gymnasium, in a loser-out, winner to regional game, the Indians came up short against Okanogan and hot-shooting Kara Staggs, 55-44.
Staggs led all scorers with 28 points.
Ashley Knight led Colville with 12 points. Fellow senior Tasha Luu added 10 points for the Indians, who had no answers for Staggs, who hit five of eight from three-point distance and was seven for seven at the free throw line.
Colville faced an uphill battle all afternoon against Okanogan, who had dropped a 54-50 decision one night earlier to Chelan.
Okanogan (19-5), who edged Colville in an early-season non-league game at home, broke open a tight game late in the second quarter to take a 32-22 lead. But CHS tied the game at 34-all at about the five-minute mark of the third quarter at Chelan Community Gymnasium.
At that juncture, Okanogan went on another run, scoring the next seven points to recapture the lead for good. The Indians simply didn’t have any runs left against Staggs and company.
After Colville closed the OHS lead to 46-40 at the 4:10 mark of the fourth quarter on a Luu drive, Staggs buried another trey and that was it.
While CHS co-head coach Ray Clark (with Al Bushnell) conceded that the Indians didn’t get the best draw at Bi-District after winning the District 7 1A Tournament, Colville didn’t play well in their two games at Chelan either.
“We didn’t play well against a couple of good teams,” Clark said on Monday in post-mortem. “When you play good teams, you had better bring it…we didn’t.
“You should be playing your best basketball at the end. We just didn’t do that.”
While the Indians came up short of achieving all their goals this winter, it was a season of far more high’s than lows. CHS finished second to another very good Freeman team that could very easily run the table and win a third straight 1A championship. The Indians also captured the district title along the way.
For sure, it’s a bittersweet end for seniors Knight, Luu, Lexi Lehman, Erin Little and Rylee Wittmeyer.
“This group has been absolutely wonderful to work with,” Clark said. “They gave us their all and they embraced a lot of change very willingly…it was a lot of change that they had to buy into.
“We were able to successfully mesh two groups (that core group of five seniors with a talented group of sophomores) that had never played together before.”
Clark and Bushnell, who have been a big part of the CHS girl’s basketball program in one capacity or another for many years, are very high on this current group of athletically gifted sophomores and a very strong incoming group of youngsters.
Collective goals vs. individual ones
“This group of sophomores…it depends on what mission they pick,” Clark said. “If they pick a mission, what they want to achieve, as a group, then they will be very successful.”
Clark added that the incoming freshmen are also talent-laden and will help continue the successful tradition of CHS girl’s basketball, albeit at the Class 2A level for the next two-year cycle.
Bi-District at a glance
Feb. 15 at Moses Lake—
Chelan 40, Newport 34
Freeman 57, Cashmere 54
Feb. 17-18 at Chelan—
Chelan 54, Okanogan 50
Freeman 47, Colville 24
Okanogan 55, Colville 44
Freeman 47, Chelan 30