Chiawana girls earn top district basketball seed

By the Tri-City HeraldFebruary 2, 2013 

One day — and just over 55 miles — made a world of difference for the Chiawana girls basketball team.

Twenty-four hours after a one-point, down-to-the wire home loss to Walla Walla on Friday, the Riverhawks made the trek down Highway 12 to defeat the Blue Devils 55-39 on Saturday in a tiebreaker that decided the top seed to the 4A district tournament beginning Tuesday.

Riverhawks will play host to the MCC 4A district championship at 7 p.m. Friday. Both teams from the title game will advance to regionals.

“It’s huge because you automatically get into the regional round with the GSL,” Chiawana coach Steve Davis said. “The other thing is you avoid that loser out game on Friday. It doesn’t matter who you play in those games, anything can happen. We don’t want to put ourselves in that position.”

Delaney Hodgins led all scorers with 20 points, and Braydey Hodgins chipped in a pair of clutch three pointers for eight points. Davis praised Jennifer Gonzales for helping settle things down when the Riverhawks needed a presence in the middle.

“She’s kind of a quiet kid but she made some great plays tonight. She really figured out the high post and was able to kick out to our shooters,” Davis said. “Darby Pink came in and played some great helpside defense.

“I’m glad our girls were able to show some toughness after what happened last night at our place.”

CHIAWANA — Delaney Hodgins 20, Braydey Hodgins 8, Pink 3, Alferness 4, Cartwright 2, Sullivan 2, J.Gonzales 5, B.Gonzales 11, Perez, Burton. Totals 17-45 13-17 55.
WALLA WALLA — Mikayla Ferenz 11, K.Ferenz 2, Doepker 9, Sirmon 11, Molitor 2, Crawford 2, Hodenfield 6, Greene. Totals 13-46 11-19 39.
Chiawana 13 10 3 29 — 55
Walla Walla 8 12 11 8 — 39
Highlights — Jennifer Gonzalez 6 rebs; Ashley Doepker 11 rebs.

Sunnyside 48, Eastmont 40: Jordan Rodriguez scored a game-high 20 points, including all 10 of the Grizzlies’ third-quarter points, to lift Sunnyside to the Columbia Basin Big Nine home victory over the Wildcats.

The win allowed the Grizzlies (11-8, 9-5 CBBN) to slide past Hanford (10-10, 7-6) for the No. 2 seed to the 3A District-Regional playoffs beginning Tuesday, Feb. 12. Sunnyside will play host to the No. 3 seed out of the Greater Spokane League.

EASMTONT — Nikki Gilbert 11, Kyl.Butterbaugh 10, Best, Kyr.Butterbaugh 2, Lavagnino 3, Waterhouse 7, Jackson 7. Totals 11-39 15-25 40.
SUNNYSIDE — Alvarez 4, Hazzard, Fernandez 5, Trevino, Hernandez 1, Lua, Rubalcava 8, Jordan Rodriguez 20, Perez 10, Willingham. Totals 18-48 5-9 48.
Eastmont 5 8 10 17 — 40
Sunnyside 10 14 10 14 — 48
Highlights — Tiana Perez 9 rebs, 5 steals; Rodriguez 4 3-pointers.

Prosser 62, Othello 31: The Mustangs got 24 points from Sydney Mercer and earned the CWAC home win over the Huskies. Prosser earned the season sweep over Othello, which remains winless in conference play.
OTHELLO — Quigley, Valdez 6, Rodriguez, Tolley 2, Alvarez 6, Anderson, Taylor 1, Begay 4, Holly Fleshman 12, Dominguez.
PROSSER — Price 2, Durbin 10, Corillo 1, Adams 7, Meirndorf 4, Sydney Mercer 24, Davis 4, Killian 2, Roberts 8.
Othello 8 6 6 11 — 31
Prosser 18 13 11 20 — 62

Grandview 72, Toppenish 61: Payton Parrish led both sides with 29 points and nine rebounds, lifting the Greyhounds to a CWAC road win over the Wildcats.
GRANDVIEW — Brianna Lopez 14, Shafer 3, Payton Parrish 29, Gove, Marissa Caballero 18, Trinidad 3, Hall 2, Pond 2.
TOPPENISH — Brenda Garcia 13, Lewis 2, Cardenas, Cruz, Bremer 12, Spencer, Godina, Zick 12, Payton Greene 22, Lopez.
Grandview 23 10 20 19 — 72
Toppenish 9 24 10 18 — 61
Highlights — Lopez 7 rebs; Parrish 9 rebs; Caballero 4 rebs, 4 assists.

Columbia (Burbank) 62, River View 34: Haley Martineau squeezed every ounce she could out of Senior Night, pouring in 30 points to lead the Coyotes to an SCAC East win at home.

The senior who is averaging about four points a game was 8-for-8 on 3-pointers in the second half and 9-for-9 from the field.

“It was one of those things, she threw it up and it went in,” said Burbank coach John Muchlinski, noting that next year he will have Senior Night in the season opener.

RIVER VIEW — E. Vasquez 11, William 6, Smith 6, Munson 5, Walker 2, Dickinson 2, Williamson, Washington 2, Robertson.
COLUMBIA (BURBANK) — Haley Martineau 30, Aguilar 2, Lott, Roberts 12, Cotsford 3, Magallon, Idler 2, McBride 7, Mosqueda 5, Holst, Dorsey 1.
River View 8 3 6 17 — 34
Columbia (Burbank) 14 10 17 21 — 62
Highlights — Harley McBride 5 steals; Tasha Idler 7 rebounds; Brittany Cotsford 5 rebounds.

Rosalia 50, Liberty Chrisitan 48 (OT): Sydney Higgins piled up 30 points and 11 rebounds, but the Patriots came up short in overtime at home.
ROSALIA — Reddish 19, John 11, St. Carrothers 4, Sims 8, Hereford 2, Charles 6, Sh. Carrothers.
LIBERTY CHRISITAN — Sydney Higgins 30, Croskrey 5, Loera 2, Ama. Schmidt 5, Amb. Schmidt 6, Monteith.
Rosalia 8 14 11 10 7 — 50
Liberty Chrisitan 8 12 9 14 5 — 48
Highlights — Higgins 11 rebounds.

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