Short answer: Yes they can. Sira Toure makes a halfcourt steal with 1:30 left and cruises in for an easy layin to hit the 100-point mark.
And Tri-Cities wins it 103-87.
Tri-Cities coming up on the century mark. No girls team since 1994 has reached 100 points in the Media Classic. There are 2:06 left and Tri-Cities leads 96-83. Can they do it?
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Defensive pressure just too much for Yakima backcourt to handle. Tri-Cities got five steals during a four-minute stretch to push its lead to 84-61 at the end of three quarters.
Good third quarter for Delaney Hodgins. She's got seven points, including a nice three-point play that put Tri-Cities up 67-55 with 3:52 left in the third.
Scoring leaders for Tri-Cities at the half: Angelique Whistocken of Kennewick has 10 points. Bailey Schroeder of Kiona-Benton has eight, Britney Pringle of Richland has seven and Easterday has six.
Boys teams shootaround at the half.
Yakima took a 26-25 lead on Vanessa Alvarez's long jumper with 6:29 left in the second quarter, but Tri-Cities went on a 19-4 run over the next 5 minutes to take a 51-32 lead.
Kody Easterday of Connell has been pretty aggressive driving the lane. She split about three defenders for a layup with about 2 minutes left in the half and then drove the right baseline for an over-the-shoulder reverse layin, kissing it off the glass to cap the big run.
Yakima finishes the quarter on a 7-0 run, but Tri-Cities still leads 51-39 at halftime.
Pretty fast-paced game. I'll try to keep up. Yakima went on 9-2 run to begin game, but Tri-Cities went on 14-2 run to take am 18-11 first-quarter lead.
Tri-Cities leads 23-22 after one quarter
Here we are at Yakima Valley Community College getting ready for the 18th edition of the Media Classic.
The girls game starts up at 4 p.m. and it should be a good one. Last year, the Tri-City girls pulled out a close one, and Yakima will be motivated for some payback.
Got some pretty good players on the floor, including both CBBN MVPs for Tri-City — Khadidja Toure of Kamiakin and Sadie Sparks of Chiawana.
The boys game should be pretty exciting, too. Tri-Cities has a lot of size with Justin Pedley (6-6), Zach En'Wezoh (6-7), Brad Scott (6-6), Bryce Leavitt (6-5) and Joe Douglas (6-4). It could be interesting to see how long Yakima coach Ray Funk will stick with the Davis starting five. I was talking with Yakima Herald-Republic reporter Scott Spruill last night, and he joked that they would play the whole game and let the other 10 sit the bench.
At least I think he was joking.