High School Sports

East girls swept at SCAC districts

FINLEY -- West proved best Saturday night at the SCAC girls district tournament in Finley.

West teams went 4-0 at River View, ousting the host Panthers and Kiona-Benton from the tournament and relegating East co-champions Connell and Columbia (Burbank) to the loser's bracket.

Granger and Zillah claimed the two 1A state berths up for grabs in the semifinals. The Spartans knocked off Connell 54-42, and the Leopards won the late game 50-39 over Burbank.

The Eagles and Coyotes now are left in a four-team scrap for the district's final state berth. Connell takes on Mabton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Finley, while the early game has Burbank playing Goldendale.

"It's not an easy road," said Eagles coach Dan Colby. "We're going to need to be resilient, come back and take care of business next week."

Granger 54, Connell 42

FINLEY -- The night started on a bad note for the Eagles when Colby marked the wrong starting lineup in the scorebook.

At times, they looked lost on offense -- they were called for three shot-clock violations in the first half -- yet they hung with the third-ranked Spartans until midway through the third quarter.

Connell opened the second half on a 10-4 run, and Brooke Gibbons' 3-pointer from the top of the arc gave the Eagles a 29-28 lead with 4:38 left in the third.

Granger immediately answered with a 13-2 run over the next 4 minutes, sparked by a pair of 3s by reserve guard Fantasia Reyes, and led 43-33 at the end of the quarter.

"They play very good defense, and it's hard to duplicate in practice the pressure Granger puts on you," Colby said. "Our heart was definitely in the right spot tonight. But at this point, Granger is just a little bit better than us."

Gibbons scored a game-high 15 points and Maci Whitby added 11 points for Connell.

Sam Zapien led Granger with 13 points. Point guard Janae Klarich, who missed the teams' regular-season meeting because of injury, was scoreless but had seven assists and three steals.

"She does a lot of things for them that don't show up if you're just looking at scoring," Colby said.

CONNELL -- Brooke Gibbons 15, McGary 2, Whitby 11, Bjorge 6, Hawkins, Taylor 2, Riner, Easterday, Wells 6, Booker, Withers. Totals 16-45 4-7 42.

GRANGER -- Sam Zapien 13, Klarich, Carpenter 8, Mengarelli 11, Reddout 8, Gunnier, Winterholler 2, Salgado, Reyes 12. Totals 19-42 11-14 54.

Connell 8 11 14 9 -- 42

Granger 12 12 19 11 -- 54

Highlights -- Con 6x19 3pt, Gra 5x15; Con 24 rbs, Gra 28; Con 17 TOs, Gra 18; Maci Whitby 5 rbs, 3 stls; Kayla Bjorge 3 asts, 3 stls; Sarah McGary 5 asts, 4 rbs; Rachel Taylor 5 rbs; Zapien 6 rbs; Janae Klarich 7 asts, 3 stls.

Zillah 50, Burbank 39

FINLEY -- The ninth-ranked Coyotes also suffered through offensive woes against Zillah's triangle-and-two defense predicated on stopping SCAC East MVP Tiffany Idler and fellow first-teamer Nicole Roberts.

Burbank shot just 23 percent (15-of-64), including 2-of-20 in the fourth quarter when the game was still up for grabs.

Idler finished with a game-high 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including a 6-foot pullup in the lane with 3:35 left that cut Zillah's lead to 42-36.

It was still 45-38 after an Idler putback with 1:20 to play, but the Coyotes couldn't take advantage of Zillah's struggles at the foul line -- 6-of-14 in the final 2 minutes.

"They gave us all sorts of chances, but we couldn't hit anything," said Coyotes coach John Muchlinski, whose team went 3-for-23 from 3-point range.

"We didn't move around real well on offense. The triangle-and-two flustered us a little bit and got into our heads. We didn't play our game, which is to get the ball inside."

Alisi Uasike led Zillah with 14 points, 10 of those coming in the third when the Leopards built an eight-point lead on two occasions.

Idler grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and had six steals, and Roberts added eight points and 10 boards before fouling out.

ZILLAH -- Alisi Uasike 14, Nelson 7, Ziegler 6, Winters 10, Slack 6, Tynan 6, Myers 1, Bounds. Totals 14-40 16-30 50.

COLUMBIA (BURBANK) -- Tiffany Idler 16, Houser 6, Akerblade, Breazeale 2, Roberts 8, Zuhlke, Rivas 5, Riehle, Rude 2. Totals 15-64 6-11 39.

Zillah 13 8 18 11 -- 50

Burbank 6 12 16 5 -- 39

Highlights -- Zil 6x20 3pt, Bur 3x23; Zil 42 rbs, Bur 39; Zil 13 TOs, Bur 9; Uasike 9 rbs; Idler 13 rbs, 6 stls; Nicole Roberts 10 rbs.

Mabton 52, River View 38

FINLEY -- The Panthers (11-11) were held scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 17-0 after eight minutes.

Hattie Johnson led River View with 14 points and Kim Gier added 11. Melissa Gutierrez scored 14 points for Mabton.

RIVER VIEW -- Hattie Johnson 14, Smith 6, Gier 11, Hess, Steagall 2, McCoy 3, Hamlin 2, Holden.

MABTON -- Melissa Gutierrez 14, Reynolds 13, Martinez 1, Sustaita 7, Tellez 4, Enriquez 4, Flores 2, Barajas, Wheeler, Sanchez.

River View 0 11 7 20 -- 38

Mabton 17 8 10 17 -- 52

Goldendale 47, Ki-Be 45

FINLEY -- Lexi Cameron scored a game-high 19 points as Goldendale ousted Kiona-Benton from the SCAC districts.

"It was back and forth the entire game," said Bears coach Joe Wirtzberger. "We had the ball (down 47-45) with 15 seconds left, but we turned it over."

Bailey Schroeder and Jessica Small combined for 31 points to lead Ki-Be, which finished the season 12-10.

KIONA-BENTON -- Blizard, Small 15, Castelleja 7, Torp 2, Bailey Schroeder 16, Rodriguez, VanHollebeke, Torrez 5, Nunez, M.Schroeder.

GOLDENDALE -- Lexi Cameron 19, C.Counts 3, A.Counts 8, Bradley, Bailey 9, Kartes, Hoffman, Shattuck 8.

Kiona-Benton 7 13 11 14 -- 45

Goldendale 13 7 13 14 -- 47

Highlights -- Jessica Small 12 rebs.