Girls basketball: Columbia (Burbank) girls drop district title game

February 16, 2013 

It wasn’t the result the Columbia (Burbank) girls basketball team was hoping for Saturday, but at least it didn’t end their season.

The Coyotes lost 74-50 to Zillah in the District 5 title game at River View High in Finley, but will play Chelan at 6 p.m. Friday in a Class 1A regional contest at Central Valley High in Spokane Valley. The winner of that game advances to the Class 1A state tournament.

“We talked about what we need to improve on, but we are still top 16 in the state,” Columbia coach John Muchlinski said. “We just have to hold our heads up high. Be disappointed, but don’t hang your heads.”

The Coyotes struggled to rebound the ball Saturday and it cost them against a big Leopards team.

“We gave up too many offensive rebounds and they had a bunch for second-chance points,” Muchlinski said. “Their pressure got to us a little bit and forced some turnovers. We got behind the eight-ball and couldn’t get going again.”

The Coyotes are in the regional tournament for the first time in this group’s career. Muchlinski said they will try to refocus this week and get ready for Chelan.

No further information about the game was available.

Connell 53, La Salle 51 (OT): MarciAnne Hawkins’ 14 points led the Eagles past the Lightning in the District 5 Tournament consolation final.

The victory means the Eagles (20-4) will play University Prep at 6 p.m. Friday at West Valley High in Yakima in the Class 1A regionals. The winner of that game advances to the state tournament.

Connell trailed 15-8 after the first quarter, but outscored La Salle 15-9 in the final period to force overtime.

LA SALLE — E. Avalos, Martin 5, Kate McGree 20, Sattler 6, Zeutenhorst, Sutton 4, Garcia, D. Avalos 16, Desmarais. Totals 19 10-19 51.

CONNELL — MarciAnne Hawkins 14, Easterday 11, English 4, Schultz 10, Thompson 7, Vickerman 1, Booker, Riner 6, Kroontje. Totals 22 10-17 53.

La Salle 15 7 14 9 6 — 51

Connell 8 8 14 15 8 — 53

Highlights — Easterday 6 assists, Schultz 9 rebounds, Thompson 7 rebounds.

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