Here is the preview of their Class 3A state first round game:
6 p.m. today, Shadle Park High School, Spokane.
Head coaches: North Central, Gabe Medrano; Kamiakin, Tammy Hutchison.
How they got here: North Central, District 8 No. 1; Kamiakin, District District 5 No. 1.
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Records: North Central, 17-8; Kamiakin, 17-5.
Last state appearance: North Central, have never been; Kamiakin, 2008 (seventh place).
North Central leaders: Riley Holsinger, 16.5 ppg; Tara Van Weerdhuizen, 6-2, sr., post, 11.6 ppg.
Kamiakin leaders: Khadidja Toure, jr., guard, 20.4 ppg; Courtney Nelson, so., wing, 11.6; Sira Toure, fr., guard, 8.1 ppg; Kassy Larson, sr., post, 7.5 ppg.
Notes: The Indians are making their first state tournament appearance in school history. ... North Central's 16 wins are four better than any other season in program history. ... North Central had to win three elimination games in a row to advance to the state regional and defeated Shadle Park twice in a row to earn the top seed from District 8. ... The Braves have won six consecutive games since losing to Eastmont on Jan. 28, the only game the Braves dropped in regular season CBBN 3A play. ... Kamiakin has two of the best players in the Mid-Columbia in guard Khadidja Toure and wing Nelson, while senior post Larson has returned and is playing with a torn ACL. ... The two teams play similar styles and Hutchison said from watching North Central on film, "It'll be like playing against Kamiakin."