The Eli Sports Network will be in Yakima for start to finish coverage of both the boys and girls State 1A Basketball Tournaments. Here you will find schedule, scores, original stories, pictures, links to stories from other media and a link to games that are being broadcast on radio for free or the pay-per-view video option on the NFHS Network that Eli Sports is now an affiliate. Check back each day for updated information.
Girls 1A Tournament
Day 4 Championships and Trophies
Championship Mount Baker 45, Cashmere 44
3rd Place Okanogan 59, Granger 40
4th Place Lynden Christian 50, Bellevue-Christian 35
Day 3 Semi-Finals
Cashmere 41, Okanogan 36
Mount Baker 65, Granger 58
Day 3 Consolation (Loser out)
Bellevue Christian 44, La Center 33
The Vikings have earned another game with a solid win over LaCenter. B-C will play for 4th place on Saturday morning at 8am, the Wildcats had their season come to an end.
Lynden Christian 52, Meridian 46 (OT)
The Lyncs finally got past the pesky Meridian squad who pushed this game to OT. L-C will play Bellevue Christian Saturday morning at 8am for 4th place. Meridian’s season is over.
Day 2 Quarterfinals
Okanogan 58, Bellevue Christian 33
Okanogan advanced to the Semi-Finals and will face off with Cashmere at 3:45p. B-C drops into the consolation bracket and will battle LaCenter at 9a in a loser out.
Cashmere 60, La Center 28
Cashmere rolled to a big win over the Wildcats and is 1 game away from the title game but 1st they will have their hands full with Okanogan at 3:45 Friday afternoon. The Wildcats came off a buzzer beating shot to stay alive in the loser out game on Wednesday now will have to battle Bellevue-Christian in another loser out contest to get to Saturday.
Granger 56, Meridian 35
Granger rolled in the quarters and move on to the Semi-Finals Friday at 5:30 where they will meet upset winner Mount Baker who sent Lynden Christian into the consolation bracket. Meridian will get the Lyncs tomorrow in a loser out game at 10:30am.
Mount Baker 57, Lynden Christian 49
The Mountaineers surprised the Lyncs with a big win and now are guaranteed a trophy but they have their sights set much higher when they battle Granger in the Semi’s on Friday at 5:30. L-C must win against Meridian at 10:30a to get to Saturday.
Day 1 (Loser Out Games)
Bellevue Christian 41, La Salle 37
The Bellevue Christian Vikings kept their season alive with a hard fought win over the Lightning of La Salle. The Lightning had control of this game through 3 quarters leading 23-19 at the half and 32-27 after 3. The game came apart for La Salle in the 4th on a combination of going cold and solid BC defense. The Vikings outscored La Salle 14-5 in the 4th and deciding quarter for the final margin.
The Vikings pulled within 1 with 4:19 to play on a lay-up by Nicole Bloch at 35-34. Rachel Berg then drilled a 3-point shot to give BC a 37-35 lead. The Lightning answered with a Calleigh Lighty jumper from the outside to make it 37-37. The Viks would take the lead for good with 2:41 to play on a Molly Vandenbrink lay-in. La Salle simply could not find a way to get the ball in the bucket and had their season come to an end. BC plays Okanogan tomorrow in the quarterfinals.
La Center 48, Columbia (Burbank) 46
The Wildcats needed a crazy last second shot to pull out a win and keep their season alive. But before we get to that final 30-seconds let’s tell you how we got there. La Center came out with a solid 1st quarter and ran up an 8-2 lead but the Coyotes countered with a 6-0 run to make it 8-8. The Cats would rally back and finish the quarter on a 9-2 surge to go up 17-10 after the 1st 8-minutes.
La Center then went cold and did not score their 1st points of the 2nd quarter until nearly the 3-minute mark but CB had not taken full advantage and La Center still led 19-15. By halftime it was a 1-possession game with La Center up 22-19.
Columbia (Burbank) would hang tough and despite falling behind several times they roared back and were within 2 by the end of the 3rd quarter. As the 4th quarter got underway La Center’s Bethany Whitten hit a 3 to give the Cats a 5-point lead. La Center would stretch that lead to 8 with just a little more than 3-minutes to play on another 3 by Whitten.
The Coyotes would pull within 2 when Ali Martineau hoit 2 free throws with 34-seconds to play and then tied the game when Taylor Turner hit a bank shot. The Coyotes took an interesting time-out with the clock running and it stopped with 7-seconds to play. This gave La Center time to discuss a strategy and boy did they run it to perfection. Taylor Stephens brought the ball down for the Cats and found Taylor Mills off to her left and Mills launched a shot just inside the 3-point line for about a 17-foot jumper and hit nothing but net for the 2-point win.
Whitley Seter and Molly Edwards both had solid games for the Cats. Seter was all over the floor and nearly won our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Player of the Game for La Center. But Bethany Whitten was ice down the stretch and earned our award. The ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game no doubt goes to Taylor Mills with the game winning shot at the buzzer.
Ali Martineau was named our Player of the Game for the Coyotes but Taylor Turner and Michelle Maine also were worthy of the award for their performance.
La Center now will face Cashmere in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Meridian 54, Montesano 49
The Meridian Trojans advanced to the quarterfinals knocking out the Bulldogs of Montesano. The Trojans jumped out to a 5-point lead in the 1st quarter and held the Bulldogs at arms length for the entire game. Despite racking up fouls Meridian had the answer to every Monte run.
The Bulldogs pulled within 3 at the half and then played them straight up in the 3rd and headed into the 4th quarter down by 3 trailing 41-38. In the 4th quarter, Monte would get as close as they would all game when Josie Talley stole the ball and fed Cheyann Bartlett for a fastbreak lay-in making it 41-40.
Meridian would answer when Ellesse Fitzgerald knocked down a bucket on an assist from Lindsay Moore and it was back to a 3-point difference. Fitzgerald then hit a huge 3 with 5:40 to play and the Trojans added another score off a huge block by Kyrin Baklund with Lindsay Moore finishing it off for a 7-point lead and it was a hole the Bulldogs could not dig out of.
Fitzgerald led Meridian with 15, Kiana Gray also hit double digits with 12 and had 10 rebounds for a double-double. The Trojans now face Granger in the quarters. Montesano was led by Jordan Spradlin’s 17 and Josie Toyra finished with 11. The Bulldogs had their season come to an end.
Mount Baker 48, Zillah 34
Mount Baker ground out a tough fought win with a solid inside game and kept their season alive for at least 2 more games. The Mountaineers head to Thursday’s quarterfinals against a familiar opponent in Lynden Christian at 2pm. Zillah had their season come to an end.
Boys 1A Tournament
Day 4 Championships and Trophies
Championship Zillah 69, Freeman 53
3rd Place King’s 55, Lynden Christian 43
4th Place La Center 51, Newport 38
Day 3 Semi-finals
Freeman 43, King’s 34
Zillah 72, Lynden Christian 57
Day 3 Consolation Bracket (Loser Out)
La Center 49, Warden 42 (OT)
The Wildcats took care of business in the extra time outscoring Warden 9-2 to extend their season to one more game. La Center will play for 4th on Saturday morning at 8am. Warden’s season is over.
Newport 49, Cascade Christian 41
Newport will get to play another day knocking off Cascade Christian and will take on La Center for 4th place. The Cougars had their season come to an end.
Day 2 Quarterfinals
King’s 51, La Center 48
King’s pulled out a tough fought win over the Wildcats and advance to the Semi-Finals against Freeman on Friday at 7:15 while the Wildcats will need to pull out a win on Friday against Warden to earn a trophy and play on Saturday at 12:15.
Freeman 67, Warden 48
The Scotties rolled into the Semi’s and get King’s at 7:15 Friday night and can’t finish worse than 5th while Warden will play in a loser out contest just past noon against La Center.
Zillah 81, Cascade Christian 54
The Leopards rolled it up on CC and get set for another “C” against Lynden Christian. These 2 will play in the night-cap at 9pm. CC gets Newport in the loser out consolation game at 2pm.
Lynden Christian 57, Newport 38
No miracle finish for Newport on this day as L-C sprinted away for the comfortable win. The Lyncs will tangle with the Leopards Friday night at 9p. Newport will try to extend their stay in Yakima for another day when they take on Cascade Christian at 2p.
Day 1 (Loser Out Games)
La Center 61, La Salle 51
The Wildcats of La Center pulled away in the 4th quarter to advance to the quarterfinals. The Wildcats are one of the few teams that have both boys and girls teams in the final 8. The Cats will play King’s Thursday at 3:45pm. The Lightning of La Salle are now done for the year.
Warden 53, King’s Way Christian 50
Warden made a late run that the Knights could not withstand and keeps their season alive as they move into the double elimination portion of the tournament facing Freeman Thursday evening at 5:30. KWC had their season come to an abrupt end.
Cascade Christian 65, The Northwest School 44
Cascade Christian rolled into the quarterfinals with little trouble over newcomer The Northwest School who had their season come to an end. CC will next get Zillah Thursday night at 7:15pm.
Newport 57, Hoquiam 56
The Grizzlies were stabbed in the heart when literally a last second 3-point shot was launched from the right side of the hoop and went in to give Freeman a crazy win at the buzzer that ended a devastated Hoquiam season. Freeman moves on to play Lynden Christian Thursday night in the quarterfinals.