Kamiakins pressure defense turned out to be too much for visiting University, and the Braves defeated the Titans 62-52 in the Class 3A District 5/8 championship.
Kamiakin advances to play in the regional tournament next Friday night at University.
We were in the lead from start to finish, but they closed to within 1 points at the end of the third quarter, said Kamiakin coach Lane Schumacher.
The Braves were concerned about U-Hi standout Kayleigh Valley, and for a good reason. She finished the game with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
That Valley can shoot the 3 and go inside, said Schumacher. We wanted to make it tough on their guards, and attack them. Our halfcourt pressure traps bothered them and they turned the ball over. Then they would foul us.
The Braves forced 20 turnovers and turned them into 19 points. In comparision, the Titans scored just 5 points off of nine Kamiakin turnovers.
Kamiakin finished shooting 22-for-34 from the free throw line.
Sira Toure and Lindsey Schauble paced Kamiakin with 16 points each, and Schauble added 10 rebounds.
Courtney Nelson scored nine points and dished off seven assists for the Braves, while Holly Ellison scored 12 points.
UNIVERSITY Woods 8, Kayleigh Valley 25, Pennell 1, Hawley 8, Thornton 2, Bailey 5, Peterson, Collins 3, Terharr, Kennedy. Totals 20-50 8-11 52.
KAMIAKIN Nelson 9, Ellison 12, Ford 4, Sira Toure 16, Lindsey Schauble 16, Crandall 3, Miller 2, Hanson. Totals 18-45 22-34 62.
University 10 11 16 15 52
Kamiakin 20 10 8 24 62
Highlights Nelson 7 assists, Schauble 10 rebounds, Valley 15 rebounds.
Shadle Park 65, Kennewick 38: Shadle Park outscored Kennewick 27-15 in the middle two quarters en route to a victory in a Class 3A District 5/8 elimination game.
Im really proud of the way we finished the season, Kennewick coach Oliver Browning said. We had a five-game win streak. We really came together as a team, we just ran out of gas tonight. Shadle Park is a really good and they caused some bad matchups for us and we werent able to execute.
Shadle Park moves on to play University in an elimination game tonight.
Freshman Jayln Brasher came off the bench to score a team-high 10 points for the Lions (9-13), while Panesesi Taimani added nine points.
They full-court pressed us and neutralized her, Browning said of his post player Taimani. They ran 10 players and we had six or seven. That caused problems and we couldnt get the ball to her.
They picked up the pressure in the second half. They were very physical, we turned the ball over a little bit too much and they were able to convert.
KENNEWICK Brasher 10, Taimani 9, Kump 7, Sanders 6, Valerio 4, Osmundson 2, Albertin, Schmitz, Nelson, Ines, Hicks, Templeton.
SHADLE PARK Hayes 12, Williams 3, Hicks 3, Foote 6, Konyenbelt 9, Grier 4, Hert 15, Carr 5, Winchester 8, Pizzillo, Bennie.
Kennewick 13 4 11 10 38
Shadle Park 18 12 15 20 65