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Girls 4A state preview: Chiawana, Moses Lake capsules

Here is a look at the Mid-Columbia entries in the girls 4A state basketball tournament:

Federal Way Eagles (21-6) vs. Chiawana Riverhawks (23-3)

2 p.m., Tacoma Dome

Last state appearance: FW, 2009 (third); Chiawana, first.

Federal Way leaders: G Darah Huertas-Vining (5-2 soph.) 14.6 ppg; C Talia Walton (6-2 jr.) 12.7 ppg; G Brittany Barrington (5-6 jr.) 8.3 ppg.

Chiawana leaders: F Mikaela Rivard (6-0 sr.) 14.9 ppg; G Hayley Hodgins (5-10 jr.) 12.9 ppg; F Sadie Sparks (6-0 soph.) 9.0 ppg.

The Eagles beat the Riverhawks 55-48 in late December, but that was before FW lost two players -- including top scorer TyShanna Burgess (15.4 ppg) -- for the season.

The Eagles haven't suffered too much, losing only to two teams -- Auburn Riverside and Kentwood -- all season.

Moses Lake Chiefs (15-12) vs. Bellarmine Prep Lions (18-7)

8:30 p.m., Tacoma Dome

Last state appearance: ML, 2009 (sixth); Bellarmine, 2009 (eighth).

Moses Lake leaders: G Jordan Loera (5-8 jr.) 18.0 ppg; F Kayla Bernsen (6-3 jr.) 10.3 ppg.

Bellarmine leaders: G Mechela Barnes (5-8 sr.) 15.8 ppg; G Sarah Hartwell (5-10 jr.) 13.0 ppg; G Simonne Potts (5-10 jr.) 9.0 ppg.

The Chiefs are making their third straight trip to state, riding Loera (27 points in winner-to-state game vs. Walla Walla at regionals) and a group of players who understand their roles and execute them well.

Narrows League champion Bellarmine knocked off defending state champion Kentwood in the WCD semifinals before putting a scare into nationally ranked Auburn Riverside in the title game.

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