Here are previews of the 4A girls games scheduled for today in Richland:
Evergreen (Vancouver) vs. Gonzaga Prep
Time, date, place: 7:30 p.m. today, Richland High
Head coaches: Evergreen, Jay Foreman (second season); Gonzaga Prep, Mike Arte.
How they made it: Evergreen, District 3/4 No. 8; Gonzaga Prep, District 5/6/8 No. 3.
Records: Evergreen (Vancouver), 17-8; Gonzaga Prep, 20-4.
Last state appearance: Evergreen, 1989 (did not place); Gonzaga Prep, 1997 (did not place).
Evergreen leaders: Justine Joudrey, 5-10, sr., guard, 19.0 ppg; Shamerica Scott, 5-10, sr., forward; Tori Conley, 6-0, sr., post; Jessica Chatman, 5-10 fr.; Deja Nicholas, 5-5, so.
Gonzaga Prep leaders: Tia Presley, 19.9 ppg; Lindsey Stockton, 12.9 ppg.
Notes: The Plainsmen have come out of years of mediocrity under Foreman, posting winning records the past two seasons after going a combined 2-58 from 2007-09. ... Evergreen went 18-5 last season, but lost a winner-to-state game after losing its best player to a concussion. ... Foreman played at Washington State from 1975-77. ... Joudrey is the straw that stirs the drink for Evergreen and has committed to play at Idaho State. ... Scott is averaging near a double-double and is being recruited by Alaska-Anchorage, while Conley is being recruited by Alaska-Fairbanks. ... Foreman was a club coach before taking over and turning around the Plainsmen. ... Gonzaga Prep is making its third trip to state in program history. The Bullpups advanced in 1983 and 1997 before this season. ... Stockton is NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton's daughter. ... Presley set the career scoring record in the Greater Spokane League this season, surpassing University High graduate and Tennessee standout Angie Bjorkland. ... Presley has signed with Washington State. ... Senior twins Ashley and Taylor Largent provide solid defense for the Bullpups.
Lewis & Clark vs. Chiawana
Time, date, place: 4 p.m. today, Richland High
Head coaches: Lewis & Clark, Jim Redmon; Chiawana, Steve Davis (second season).
How they made it: Lewis & Clark, District 5/6/8 No. 2; Chiawana, District 5/6/8 No. 1.
Records: Lewis & Clark, 16-6; Chiawana, 21-2.
Last state appearance: Lewis & Clark, 2010 (did not place); Chiawana, 2010 (7th place).
Lewis & Clark leaders: Devyn Galland, 19.7 ppg; Hayley Hendricksen, 13.0 ppg.
Chiawana leaders: Hayley Hodgins, sr., 17.7 ppg; Mikaela Rivard, sr., 12.0 ppg; Shelby Ellsworth, sr., 11.0 ppg; Sadie Sparks, jr., 8.1 ppg.
Notes: The Tigers have been to state nine consecutive seasons, winning titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. ... They rallied from a 42-29 second-half deficit to defeat Gonzaga Prep in the District 8 title game last weekend. ... Hendricksen has signed to play at St. Mary's. ... The Riverhawks have now advanced to state in each of their first two seasons. ... Chiawana has been dominant throughout the season, losing only to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, which lost its bid for four consecutive Class 5A state titles last weekend, and CBBN-rival Moses Lake on the road. ... The Riverhawks hammered Richland 72-35 to win the CBBN 4A district tournament last week, one of just four losses on the season for Richland. ... Hodgins signed with Eastern Washington, Rivard with Portland State and point guard Melanie Valdez with Central Washington.