KENNEWICK -- Justin Pedley took it upon himself to make sure there would be no Southridge comeback on this night.
The Kamiakin post took over the game in the third quarter Saturday, helping lead the Braves to a 71-40 victory against the visiting Suns in a District 5/6 Tournament semifinal.
"Our focus the last few weeks is to come out strong in the second half," Pedley said. "I put it on myself to set the tone and the energy."
Pedley did that and more, scoring 10 of the Braves' first 11 points in the second half.
On Friday, Southridge erased a 17-point halftime deficit at Hanford, but the Suns had problems all night against Kamiakin's ample size in the post.
"We were aware of what they had done (Friday), and we were able to come out and execute and score some points," Kamiakin coach Brian Meneely said.
With the victory, Kamiakin (20-1 overall) will face Kennewick for the district tournament title, while Southridge (8-15) will face West Valley with a play-in game berth on the line.
On Saturday, the Braves dominated the Suns throughout, despite getting very few minutes from Zach En'Wezoh, who was plagued by foul trouble and fouled out with 7 minutes, 41 seconds left in the game.
Joe Hunt and Alex Quinn played big minutes off the bench in place of En'Wezoh, though, and Cooper Clyde helped fill the scoring void.
"They stepped up," Pedley said. "They are a big part of why we win. If Zach or I gets in foul trouble or need a rest, there is no letdown. They are key for sure."
Hunt, Quinn and Pedley also combined to dominate the glass, as the Braves outrebounded the Suns 47-31 for the game. In the first half, Kamiakin had more offensive rebounds (14) than the Suns had total rebounds (13).
"We want four guys on the offensive boards and one guy back for defense," Hunt said. "(Saturday) we gave up more offensive rebounds than we'd like, but I'm proud of how many we got."
Pedley finished with a game-high 11 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Hunt and Quinn had five rebounds each and Javan Williams had four offensive boards.
"I think we were just a little drained from last night, emotionally and physically," Southridge coach Jason Devere said. "Unfortunately, we didn't play with the kind of energy we needed to play with tonight, on both sides of the ball."
The Braves blew the game open in the second quarter thanks to an 11-0 run early in the quarter.
Leading 20-13 after two free throws by Brad Scott, Clyde hit a 3-pointer after four offensive rebounds by the Braves.
Quinn then hit a jumper, Williams had a layup and Quinn and Pedley had lay-ins to cap the run.
With Brad Scott in foul trouble most of the night, Southridge struggled to contain Kamiakin's play inside.
"We have the two best big guys in the state," Hunt said. "They are so smooth under the basket, and they came out really prepared tonight."
Pedley finished with a game-high 29 points, while Clyde added 12 points and Quinn and Hunt had eight each.
The Braves now have a week to prepare for arch-rival Kennewick, who they will face at 7 p.m. Friday at Kamiakin.
"It's definitely exciting to get that rubber match," Pedley said. "It's going to be a fun game."
The Suns, meanwhile, are happy to still be playing, considering the adversity they've overcome the last few weeks.
"It is still awesome to be here," Devere said. "We are still in the mix and that is the most exciting part of it."
Garrett Willard's nine points led Southridge, while David Mazzei and Scott had eight each.
SOUTHRIDGE -- Matt Mendenhall 2 0-0 4, Brad Scott 2 4-4 8, Garrett Willard 3 0-0 9, Spencer Vorheis 2 0-1 4, Dylan Hayes 0 0-1 0, Nick Mandell 0 0-0 0, Henry Wyborne 2 0-0 4, Austin Molt 1 0-0 3, David Mazzei 4 0-0 8, Nick Haberling 0 0-0 0, Adam Sanders 0 0-0 0, Dillon Titus 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 4-6 40.
KAMIAKIN -- Javan Williams 2 2-2 6, Zach En'Wezoh 2 3-4 7, Cody Wilmoth 0 0-1 0, Justin Pedley 12 5-6 29, Cooper Clyde 3 4-4 12, Alex Quinn 4 0-3 8, Joe Hunt 3 2-3 8, Jim Fowler 0 0-0 0, Max Shoop 0 1-2 1, Kylle Robertson 0 0-0 0, Drew Crandall 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 17-25 71.
Southridge 11 7 10 12 -- 40
Kamiakin 18 18 19 16 -- 71
3-point goals -- Southridge 4 (Willard 3, Molt), Kamiakin 2 (Clyde 2). Total fouls -- Southridge 23, Kamiakin 14. Fouled out -- Kamiakin, En'Wezoh. Rebounds -- Southridge 31 (Vorheis 6), Kamiakin 47 (Pedley 11). Turnovers -- Southridge 16, Kamiakin 7.