YAKIMA -- Six days is a long time to wait to play a basketball game. And 12 hours is a lot of time to sit around and wait for the bracket to clear out before your game starts.
Welcome to the world of Prosser girls basketball.
The Mustangs, the top-ranked 2A team in the state, picked up a first-round bye Saturday but didn't lose anything in the transition Thursday against White River. Prosser used a 15-0 run to start the game and cruised to a 59-46 quarterfinal win over the Hornets at the SunDome.
The Mustangs (24-1) will play W.F. West (21-6) in today's 9 p.m. semifinal.
White River (23-7) will face Lynden at 2 p.m. for a berth in Saturday's 4th-6th place game.
"I never expected to start 15-0 against a good team," said Prosser coach Mark Little, who watched his team advance to the semis for the fourth straight season. "We got some easy shots and got it going."
Prosser's 5-foot-11 post Tamara Jones scored eight points during the initial run. She and fellow senior Tayshia Hunt led all scorers with 23 points apiece, and they established the pace early combining for 21 points in the first quarter alone.
But Little also knew the hot start couldn't last.
Sure enough, White River guard Brooke Paulson started hitting from outside. The 5-8 guard drilled three 3-pointers in the first quarter and hit another late in the second that cut the Mustangs' lead to 29-24 with 2:20 left in the half.
"(Paulson) got away from us, but she also was tough on catch-and-shoots," Little said. "She looked like (former Seattle SuperSonics guard) Dale Ellis."
To make matters tougher for Prosser, point guard Helen Petersen headed to the bench in the second quarter with her second foul. With her out of the lineup, White River was able to pile up a few points and make a game of it.
The Hornets outscored the Mustangs 19-12 in the second quarter. But when Petersen returned in the third quarter, it was back to business.
Taylor Flores scored Prosser's first two buckets of the second half, the second one on a slick pump fake that stymied her defender and left her all alone for a short jumper that made it 44-32. Flores finished with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting.
Little took the starters off the floor with a little over a minute remaining and the game well in hand. It was a nice gesture for the team's seniors -- Jones, Hunt, Flores and Brooke Adams -- but it also gave some of the Mustangs' younger players a shot at some floor time.
"We've been here four years, so we're used to it," Hunt said. "We were excited about the score and that some people who don't always get to play got to help us."