A quick visit to the post-season for Indians

Cheney escapesThe Colville High girl’s basketball season came to an abrupt and disappointing end back on Feb. 12 when visiting Cheney escaped with a 35-33 win in District 7 2A loser-out action.CHS junior Sadie Learn led the Indians with 11 points.This one was close throughout. A 13-9 fourth quarter run for the Blackhawks was just enough. CHS (10-11) had its chances down the stretch, but some late misfires from the field and the free throw line (six of 15) didn’t help.“I’m disappointed in the way we finished,” CHS head coach Ray Clark said of a game Colville certainly could have just as easily won. “We were six of 15 at the line…a lot of those were front ends (of one and one’s). “But the kids hearts were in the right place. They really wanted it. This is a great group of kids…they are just capable of more.”Indians tough on the defensive endDefensively, the Indians turned in another solid effort. Offense was another story, however.“Defensively, we did our job,” Clark said, adding that it tends to “come down to rebounds, loose balls and free throws.”Clark said that there were some “step up” efforts on display against Cheney. “Sadie played extremely hard; McKenna (Cabbage) played hard, and offensively, Megan (Lee) played well. We didn’t always get her the ball like we should have.”The Indians didn’t have a senior on the roster this season. Colville returns everyone to a league (Great Northern 2A) that may be down somewhat next winter.“The league would seem to be wide open (next season) for teams that want to execute,” Clark said. “(League champion) Pullman is graduating about seven seniors and West Valley will graduate two or three senior starters. East Valley graduates an All-League post and their point guard.“Everyone on our schedule graduates a lot of kids. The opportunity is there to be dominant, but we need to make some off-season improvement. We have to get better offensively, do a better job in our execution and jump to the next level with our toughness,” Clark added. “The talent and willingness certainly are there.”DISTRICT TOURNEYWest Valley (17-5) earned the District 7 2A top seed on Friday night at home with a 62-56 win over Pullman (17-6).Aailyah Ashley-Meek hit four of five three-pointers in the first half and finished with 20 points in leading WV to the district title game win.The Eagles earn the GNL district’s top seed to the sub-regional against the Central Washington Athletic Conference.Jenae Martin also scored 20 points for West Valley.Emily Drake led Pullman with 20 points.Pullman claimed the second and last berth to the sub-regional on Saturday with a 47-36 win over visiting East Valley (15-9). Pullman outscored EV 19-9 in the fourth quarter.PHS will travel to Central Washington University (Ellensburg) and a date against Wapato on Friday night (8 p.m.). West Valley will play the early game at CWU (6 p.m.) on Friday against Ellensburg. Cheney 35, Colville 33Chen. 5 10 7 13—35CHS 6 10 8 9-- 33Cheney—Lemelin 2, Morton 2, Brophy 6, Brown 9, Labish 14, McDowell 2.Colville—Wittmeyer 2, Main 6, Learn 11, Lee 8, Cabbage 4, Rainer 2.