There was no lack of hardware coming back to the Spokane Valley area this weekend, as a trio of local teams finished in first, second and third place in their respective divisions.
Most of the attention, naturally enough, was on the Central Valley girls basketball team, who were looking to finish its 4A season with no losses and redemption from last year’s stumble in the state finals at the Tacoma Dome.
On Saturday, the Bears met all expectations – capping a 27-0 season where they often scored 40 or more points over their opponents – with a convincing 70-39 win over 22-5 Woodinville. It was CV’s second title in three years and erased the memory of last year’s quarterfinal loss.
Lacie and twin sister Lexie Hull – who now end their career at Central Valley as they will head to Stanford next fall as freshmen – were named to the all-tournament first team, and Lexie was named MVP.
In 1A boys play in Yakima, the news wasn’t as good for Freeman in its quest for a state championship in the Hardwood Classic. The Scotties also enjoyed a perfect season until Saturday, but the team was stymied for the third time in a row in the title game, losing 82-45 to Lynden Christian at the SunDome.
Meanwhile, East Valley’s girls – favored to win the 2A crown in Yakima – ended their season with a win but had to settle for third place after a Friday loss. The Knights went nearly to the buzzer in a 47-44 victory over East Valley (Yakima), getting heroics from Genesis Wilkinson.
University and Freeman’s girls exited their respective tournaments early after tough losses, although U-Hi did play through Friday.
Central Valley girls
CV 70, Woodinville 39
Freddie Rehkow led his calm crew out against fifth-ranked Woodinville on Saturday afternoon with the clear intention of one more win. His Bears delivered and never trailed against the Falcons.
Lacie Hull had 19 points in the victory, while Lexie Hull added 13. Fellow senior Hailey Christopher scored a dozen.
Woodinville, to its credit, worked hard to get to the finals, playing three consecutive overtime games, defeating Lewis and Clark 58-56 in an elimination game on Feb. 28. Prior to facing the Bears, the Falcons had to get past No. 2 seed Eastlake.
CV 51, Moses Lake 33
Before getting to the finals, the Bears had to get past a tenacious Moses Lake team that put up a bit of a fight against CV on Friday.
In the end, however, The Bears proved too much as Lacie Hull recorded 13 points.
Lexie Hull had 11 points, and Hailey Christopher had 10.
CV 61, Kentlake 16
The Bears showed they weren’t messing around in their opener against Kentlake in the state 4A quarterfinal on March 1 in Tacoma.
Lexie Hull had 18 points and eight rebounds, while sister Lacie added 11 points. In the game, Lexie became CV’s all-time leading scorer topping 1,800 points in her career.
East Valley girls
EV 47, East Valley (Yakima) 44
Genesis Wilkinson’s 12 points and nerves of steel in the closing seconds were what the Knights needed to stay ahead of East Valley (Yakima) on Saturday.
Faith Adams added another 10 points in the 47-44 win.
While the Knights led by seven late in the game, the Red Devils’ solid shooting kept EV on its toes for the duration of the contest.
Archbishop 56, EV 48
The Knights’ storied season – and a quest for a state championship – had its first hiccup on Friday, as EV fell 56-48 to Archbishop Murphy.
East Valley had trouble finding the net from the outside as the Wildcats surged late in the game. Beforehand, the Knights found plenty of success in the first half. EV had an 11-point lead for a period during the third quarter.
EV 58, Lynden 38
The Knights pounded Lynden 58-38 on March 1 in their 2A opener in Yakima, with Genesis Wilkinson leading her team with 16 points. Faith Adams added 13, and Brie Holecek had 10.
Lynden Christian 82, Freeman 45
After playing undefeated all season, the strength of Lyncs’ shooting was more than a little surprising – especially after Lynden Christian sunk five straight three-pointers to close the first half on Saturday.
It was clear the Scotties would have a long day after the Lyncs went up 45-18.
Still, Michael Coumont – a first-team all-tournament selection – scored 14 points, while Jackson Clark added 10.
Freeman 76, Zillah 67
The Scotties had a 19-point lead in third quarter before going on to vanquish Zillah 76-67 on Friday, sending them into Saturday’s finals and avenging their loss to the Leopards in last year’s 1A championship game.
Freeman 58, King’s 51
The Scotties faced an early challenge on March 1, when King’s came ready to play in Tacoma. Freeman emerged with the 58-51 victory over the Knights.
Dylan Oja had 16 points to lead the Scotties, while Michael Coumont and Quin Hopkins added 14 apiece.
Kentlake 49, University 48
Despite leading 26-18 at the end of the first half, Kentlake clawed its way back to get the 49-48 win in a Friday loser-out consolation game.
Moses Lake 71, U-Hi 60
Ellie Boni scored 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Titans over Moses Lake on March 1 in Tacoma. The Chiefs took down University 71-60.
A Moses Lake went on a 15-1 in the second quarter that proved insurmountable.
U-Hi 72, Bellarmine Prep 48
The Titans got off to a strong start in a Feb. 28 play-in game in Tacoma, gutting out a 72-48 win over Bellarmine Prep.
Ellie Boni had 23 points, trailing Claire Dingus who had 28 points and 14 rebounds.
Still, it wasn’t easy. The Lions got an early 11-4 lead, so U-Hi had its work cut out.
La Center 51, Freeman 32
A rough third quarter in a Feb. 28 loser-out game doomed the Scotties in a 51-32 loss in Yakima.
Isabelle Miller had eight points for Freeman, who finished the season 15-10.