Saturday's girls basketball regional capsules

Tri-City HeraldMarch 1, 2014 

Chiawana Riverhawks vs. Kentwood Conquerors

Class 4A state regional

2 p.m. Saturday Richland High

Records: Chiawana, 19-4; Kentwood, 19-6

Players to watch: Chiawana, Delaney Hodgins, 6-0, senior, guard, 19.0 ppg; Braydey Hodgins, 5-7, sophomore, guard, 12.0 ppg; Bailey Cartwright, 6-0, junior, wing, 7.2 ppg; Kendra Winchester, 6-1, senior, post, 7.9 ppg. Kentwood, Sarah Toeaina, 5-10, guard, 19 ppg; Jenny Johnson, 5-11, senior, wing, 10.8 ppg; Kate Kramer, 5-9, senior, wing, 10.4 ppg.

Notes: The Riverhawks were cruising along before losing to Walla Walla to close the regular season and then to Gonzaga Prep last week in the District 5/8 title game. ... Chiawana got back on track by throttling Central Valley to advance to regionals and one from the state tournament, where the Riverhawks have not been since the 2010-11 season. ... The Hodgins sisters are what makes Chiawana go, but Winchester and Cartwright are key cogs offensively and defensively. Jennifer Gonzales recently went back into a starting role after Cierah Alferness hurt her elbow. Darbi Pink has also been a key role player, hitting lots of 3-pointers. ... Kentwood got off to a slow start, as Kramer missed a large chunk of the season. ... Toeaina signed to play volleyball at Hawaii, and the Conquerors have lots of state experience. ... Johnson is not only the Conquerors’ best post player, but she can also shoot the 3-pointer.

Kamiakin Braves vs. University Titans

Class 3A state regional

6 p.m. Saturday, Richland High

Records: Kamiakin, 16-7; University, 9-14

Players to watch: Kamiakin, Sira Toure, 5-7, senior, guard, 16.5 ppg; Holly Ellison, 5-5, junior, guard, 11.0 ppg; Lindsey Schauble, 5-11, junior, post, 6.7 ppg; Amanda Miller, 5-11, senior, post, 8.4 ppg. University, McKenzie Peterson, 8 ppg.

Notes: Toure, a Weber State signee, and Ellison make the team go. They have struggled a bit recently and will need to get back on track if the Braves are to make their fourth consecutive state tournament. ... The play of Miller and Schauble lately has been key, and could present matchup problems going forward, as teams have to guard the inside-outside game. ... Kamiakin is 5-0 in the last two seasons against University, so the teams know each other very well. ... University will look to slow down the tempo today, while Kamiakin will want to play at a higher pace. Whichever team wins that battle will likely win the game.

Sunnyside Grizzlies vs. Auburn Mountainview Lions

Class 3A state regional

6 p.m. Saturday, Eisenhower High, Yakima

Records: Sunnyside, 20-3; Auburn Mountainview, 18-5

Players to watch: Sunnyside, Jordan Rodgriguez, junior, guard, 14 ppg; Emilee Maldonado, freshman, guard, 10 ppg; Natalia Bazan, wing; Selena Rubalcava, wing. Auburn Mountainview, Samantha DePiano, senior, 12 ppg; Allison Hammer, senior, wing.

Notes: The Grizzlies are one win from the state tournament, a place they haven’t been since 2000-01. ... Sunnyside has won seven in a row and 15-of-17, including a win over Kamiakin — 65-58 — in the District 5/8 championship game last weekend. ... Bazan missed most of last season with a knee injury. ... Sunnyside likes to run the ball and wants to play at an extremely high tempo, something that has given other teams problems this season. ... The Lions have six players at 5-foot-8 or 5-7, which should make for a good back-and-forth game.

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