A bad first day for all Spokane Valley teams in state basketball play quashed any hope for a local champion.
But the Central Valley High School boys played as winners the rest of the way and came home with some fourth-place hardware. The University girls came in sixth place after a tough loss on Saturday in the Tacoma Dome. The West Valley Eagles, playing in the 2A tournament in Yakima, also finished in sixth place.
Central Valley boys
After finishing second in the state in 4A competition last year, anything less than a championship trophy was going to be a disappointment to the Bears. Still, after finishing the regular season 22-2 and a brutal first-round draw against undefeated Jackson, things weren’t going to unfold easily for Central Valley.
CV 56, Newport 39
In an 8 a.m. game Saturday, the Bears found their rhythm outside the paint against a physical Newport squad. With A.J. Knudsen getting a trifecta of three-pointers, Central Valley was able to get and keep a comfortable lead in the second half after leading just 18-15 at halftime.
Knudsen and Adam Chamberlain each had 17 points, and senior Austin Rehkow had a dozen, scoring eight in the fourth quarter. Rehkow was also 6-for-6 for free throws. Austin Daines had a dozen rebounds.
CV 63, Richland 37
Central Valley made it look easy as the Bears avenged a regional loss to Richland in a lopsided 63-37 win on Friday.
Defense helped win the day, as the Bombers only scored two points in the third quarter – not nearly enough as CV had built up a 35-19 lead to end the first half.
Beau Byus had 20 points, while Rehkow and Knudsen had a dozen each. Chamberlain had 10.
Jackson 55, CV 47
The Timberwolves were down 15-9 in the first quarter to Central Valley, who came out strong against undefeated Jackson in the 3A state opener on Feb. 28. However, steady nerves and shooting chipped away at that lead, and Jackson was on top 26-25 at halftime.
In the third quarter – with Byus sitting on the bench after getting into foul trouble – Jackson attained the lead for good and never looked back.
Chamberlain and Rehkow had 13 points apiece, and Daines finished with 11 rebounds.
Jackson finished second in state, losing 60-56 to Curtis in the final.
U-Hi’s up-and-down season ended at 15-12 with a 47-36 loss to Kamiakin on Saturday in 3A state play in Tacoma. The outcome, unfortunately, had precedent: The Braves had already bested the Titans twice on the road to state.
Kamiakin 47, University 36.
In Saturday’s finale, University found itself struggling from the get-go as the Braves took a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. A five-point second quarter didn’t help the Titans’ case.
Still, senior Kayleigh Valley kept her poise and had eight points, 17 rebounds and four steals. Freshman Brooke Bailey led scoring with 11 points.
University 49, Glacier Peak 44
Valley led the Titans with 11 points in Friday’s game, which gave U-Hi the chance to play for fourth on the following day. Still, the Grizzlies were a tough bunch and it took Valley’s basket and sold free-throw shooting for the Titans to prevail.
Cleveland 60, University 50
The Titans played strong against Cleveland in their opening game of the 3A tourney on Feb. 28, but a rough start – U-Hi committed 14 turnovers in the first half – was difficult to overcome. The eventual state champions were tied, however, with U-Hi 23-23 at halftime. After that, the Eagles had a 21-point third quarter to the Titans’ 12.
Morgan Hawley had 10 points for the Titans.
West Valley girls
The Eagles played the early game on Saturday and couldn’t survive a tough Wapato squad and were forced to settle for sixth place.
Wapato 43, West Valley 37
In Saturday’s game, the hardware could have gone either way as both teams battled and exchanged the lead 11 times. However, the Wolves took advantage of West Valley’s cold scoring in the final minutes.
Erin Higbie had 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Eagles.
West Valley 34, Burlington-Edison 32
Higbie’s heroics – she scored off an offensive rebound to beat the buzzer – lifted the Eagles to victory over B-E. Higbie had 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Jenae martin had 14 points.
Mark Morris 57, West Valley 42
Playing the eventual winner of the 2A state tourney first didn’t do the Eagles any favor on Feb. 28, but West Valley was a pesky foe to keep the game competitive.
It looked as if U-Hi might be able to push through and have a shot to play for fourth place on Saturday, but Mountlake Terrace had other ideas on Friday.
Mountlake Terrace 59, University 56
In the second quarter of Friday’s game, Mountlake Terrace went on a 13-point run that saw University’s 23-15 lead disappear. After that, both teams were neck-and-neck until the final buzzer.
Still, it was quite a finish. Senior Brett Bailey didn’t disappoint, scoring a three-point shot to tie the game with 28 seconds left in the ballgame. However, the Hawks saw heroics of their own from Marquis Armstead, who was fouled while driving for a shot with 5.8 seconds left.
Bailey had 28 points and seven rebounds, as the Titans finished the year 16-9 overall. DaShaun Boswell added 13.
Lakeside 69, University 48
In the Feb. 28 state 3A opener, U-Hi hoped to surprise Lakeside. Instead, the Titans – who never led in the game -- had to deal with a 15-0 Lions run that put the score at 40-23 at halftime.
U-Hi was outrebounded 48-28, but Ben Kuiper scored 16 points for the Titans. Bailey had 13 and Michael Isotalo had 10.
Lakeside finished second in state after falling 62-59 to Rainier Beach in the final.