Chiawana misses out on trip to state

By Craig Craker, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 26, 2012 

SPOKANE -- The Chiawana girls basketball team struggled shooting the ball Saturday and it cost them a return trip to Tacoma.

The Riverhawks fell to Central Valley 55-48 in a Class 4A Eastern Washington Regional Tournament game at Spokane Falls Community College.

"We came out and I don't think we matched their intensity and we didn't put the ball in the basket," Chiawana coach Steve Davis said. "We were something like 3-for-20 from the 3-point line and we're not going to win against top-ranked teams shooting like that."

The Riverhawks finished 3-for-21, missing 15 in a row at one point. For the game, Chiawana shot 37 percent.

"The first time we played them they beat us bad (68-48), and I think we came out timid in the first quarter," Chiawana's Sadie Sparks said. "We played a lot better in the second half."

The Bears, who qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament in Tacoma next weekend, outscored the Riverhawks 9-3 in the second quarter to pull away.

Chiawana had chances, but could never put together a sustained run with some defensive stops.

The game was encapsulated midway through the fourth quarter when Jennifer Gonzales hit a 3-pointer ending the long missed streak. The shot pulled the Riverhawks within 41-32 with 3 minutes, 55 seconds remaining.

But the Bears went down, worked the ball around and Sydney Emory banged home a 3-pointer from the corner.

Chiawana promptly turned the ball over, and Madison Hovren made two free throws at the other end to stretch the lead to 46-32.

"Every time we made a run, they came down and executed a play," Davis said. "That's what a team who will contend for the state title does."

Central Valley threatened to blow Chiawana out several times, but Sparks kept the Riverhawks in it.

The senior post scored nine of Chiawana's 11 points in the third quarter, twice pulling the Riverhawks within six points (26-20 and 28-22). But it wasn't enough.

"It seemed like it was always 10 or 12," she said. "We just couldn't get over that hump."

The loss ends the streak of consecutive trips to the state tournament for the three-year school, but the Riverhawks still set the table for the future as they will return six of their seven key players.

"My ultimate goal every season is to cut down the nets and hold the big gold ball," Davis said. "This season I had change that ultimate goal a bit. But from Dec. 10 to Feb. 25, we were a different team and we gave (Central Valley) a battle."

Sparks wraps up her career with third- and seventh-place trophies in state play.

"I'm disappointed," she said. "I thought we'd make it to Tacoma, but we did really good as a team."

Sparks finished with a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jennifer Gonzales added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Brooke Gallaway led all scorers with 20 points and six rebounds. Madison Hovren added 16 points and 12 rebounds, as the Bears outrebounded the Riverhawks 39-30.

"We just have to pick up where we left off today," Chiawana's Jennifer Gonzales said of next season.

CENTRAL VALLEY -- Madison Hovren 6 4-5 16, Katie Estey 1 2-2 4, Brooke Gallaway 6 7-7 20, Mariah Cunningham 1 1-3 3, Sydney Emory 2 1-2 7, Chantelle Fitting 1 2-2 5, Latasha Lofton 0 0-0 0, Victoria Lee-Nauta 0 0-0 0, Lauren Simpson 0 0-0 0, Molly Barnhart 0 0-0 0, McKenzie McDonald 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 17-21 55.

CHIAWANA -- Jennifer Gonzales 5 2-2 14, Danielle Loving 1 1-2 3, Delaney Hodgins 3 0-0 7, Sadie Sparks 8 1-2 17, Sierra Perez 0 0-0 0, Bailey Cartwright 0 0-0 0, Bianca Gonzales 1 5-7 7, Johanna Roach 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-13 48.

Central Valley 14 9 12 20 -- 55

Chiawana 11 3 11 23 -- 48

3-point goals -- Central Valley 4 (Emory 2, Gallaway, Fitting), Chiawana 3 (J. Gonzales 2, Hodgins). Total fouls -- Central Valley 15, Chiawana 17. Fouled out -- Central Valley, Gallaway. Chiawana, Sparks, Loving. Rebounds -- Central Valley 39 (Hovren 12), Chiawana 30 (J. Gonzales 9). Turnovers -- Central Valley 12, Chiawana 13.

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