The Chiawana High School girls basketball team has something no other team in the state has.
It’s called the Braydey Hodgins factor.
Basically, it means as long as Hodgins is in the game, so are the Riverhawks.
Hodgins was put to the test Tuesday night in host Chiawana’s 72-66 Mid-Columbia Conference overtime victory over Richland, but in the end, she showed why she has been destined for bigger things since hitting the floor as a freshman.
Hodgins, who will play at Boise State next season, scored a career-high 42 points and added 12 rebounds and six steals as Chiawana (5-2, 2-0 MCC) overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to remain in a first-place tie with Kamiakin and Walla Walla. Hodgins also scored eight of her team’s 13 points in overtime, going 8 of 8 from the free-throw line.
“This was a big win for us. Richland is going to be a tough competitor,” Hodgins said. “I didn’t think I ended up with that many (points).”
Said Riverhawks coach Steve Davis: “It’s been happening all year. She scores a lot of points because people try to play her one-on-one. She does whatever the team needs her to do. She’s a phenomenal ballplayer.”
Richland (5-2, 0-2 MCC) got off to a great start, leading 16-10 after one quarter and extending that lead to 27-16 after a 3-pointer by Megan Haugen and a free throw by Maysun Wellsandt with 3:50 left in the second quarter.
But Shae Logozzo hit a 3-pointer that started a 7-1 Chiawana run, and the Riverhawks were back in it.
Hodgins scored the Riverhawks’ first 11 points in the second half, shooting 6 of 7 over the first 3:45 as Chiawana tied the score at 36.
The Riverhawks had a small cushion during most of the fourth, and Hodgins scored 11 of Chiawana’s 15 points in the quarter. Her free throw with 12 seconds remaining gave the Riverhawks a 59-57 lead, but Richland made one last push to tie the score.
Kamri von Oelhoffen put up a 3-pointer that bounced off the front rim. Taryn Webb hustled in and wrested away the rebound, getting off an 8-footer just before the buzzer sounded. The shot swished through to force overtime.
“Taryn did a great job wrangling that away,” Richland coach Cindy McCoy said. “She’s really grown a lot from when she first started here.”
The Bombers’ 6-foot tandem of Wellsandt and Gia Sorn combined for 18 points and 18 rebounds.
“We were scared to death of their height,” said Davis, who noted that his team’s great equalizer was the tandem of Darbi Pink and Sarah Haertling, who played constant in-your-face defense against the Bombers’ ballhandlers. They helped force 22 Richland turnovers, eight in the second quarter alone.
Von Oelhoffen led Richland with 15 points, while Webb had 12. Logozzo finished with 16 for Chiawana.
RICHLAND: Taryn Webb 12, Trappett 4, Stevens 9, Wellsandt 5, Gia Sorn 13, Robertson, Haugen 8, Kamri von Oelhoffen 15, Pierce. Totals: 25-65 11-20 66.
CHIAWANA: Morales, Shae Logozzo 16, Braydey Hodgins 42, A.Guzman, Eubanks 5, E.Guzman, Haertling 6, Cartwright 3, Corday, Pink. Totals: 18-53 27-38 72.
Highlights — 3-pointers: R 5-23 (Webb 2, Haugen 2), C 9-21 (Logozzo 3, Hodgins 3). Rebounds: R 51 (Wellsandt 9, Sorn 9), C 37 (Hodgins 12). Assists: R 8 (Webb 2, Stevens 2), C 9 (Hodgins 2, Logozzo 2). Steals: R 7 (Webb 2, Stevens 2), C 16 (Hodgins 6). Turnovers: R 22, C 12.