Young and undefeated this season, the Central Valley girls basketball team could be a monster for the next couple of years.
But all thoughts were definitely on where they were and what they were doing Saturday, as the Bears took down the Snohomish Panthers 57-48 in the Tacoma Dome to cap their season with the 4A state title.
Lexie Hull was named tournament MVP and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in the contest. Sophomore Hailey Christopher had 16 points. Mady Simmelink added a dozen, and Camryn Skaife had five assists, four steals and four rebounds.
The 28-0 Bears were also named academic state champs with a combined 3.92 grade point average.
On Friday, the Bears weathered a tenacious Todd Beamer High School team to take a 55-37 win, setting up the championship game with Snohomish. Lacie Hull had 18 points, and sister Lexie added 15.
On March 3, the Bears opened the tourney with a 47-39 win over Moses Lake.
East Valley High School
The Knights (23-4) finished in third place in 2A state competition, ending the state tournament in Yakima with a 54-39 win over Ellensburg.
The game was a rematch from last year, where EV lost to the Bulldogs. It’s also the highest finish in Knights girls history.
Hannah Burland had 23 points and eight rebounds.
On Friday, East Valley stumbled against Shorecrest 58-41, which kept the Knights out of the title game. Jordan Phelan had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
In the March 3 opening game, EV topped Anacortes 57-50.
Central Valley High School
The Bears finished their 4A state run on Friday in a 54-46 loss to Issaquah at the Tacoma Dome. CV ended its season 20-7 overall.
Ryan Rehkow led with 14 points.
The Bears’ rough times started on March 3, with a 54-44 loss to Curtis, which sent the team to the consolation bracket.
Freeman High School
The Scotties had to settle for second place in state after running into a relentless King’s squad on Saturday night in Yakima in the 1A title game. The Knights won 80-39.
Freeman hit just 2-of-13 field goals from three-point range in the first half, which fueled King’s 44-17 lead. Michael Coumont and Ryan Maine had 11 points apiece for Freeman.
Friday’s game against Kalama was hard fought, with the Scotties (22-4) coming away the 58-52 winner. Coumont had 19 points, Maine added a dozen and Jack Paukert had 11.
In the March 3 opening game, Freeman came away with a commanding 60-47 win over Hoquiam.