MOSES LAKE -- With his team trailing Chiawana by 14 with 6:06 left to play Friday night, Moses Lake girls basketball coach Matt Strophy called a timeout, wondering whether his team had any chance of coming back against the Riverhawks.
Enter Jordan Loera.
The all-state guard scored 24 of her 27 points in the second half and helped key a late run that pushed the Chiefs past the visiting Riverhawks 61-60 in the CBBN 4A opener for both teams.
"She finally caught fire," Strophy said of Loera. "And we started setting some screens, letting her create."
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Loera hit a 3-pointer that gave Moses Lake a one-point lead before the teams started fouling in the final minute. Chiawana struggled from the line down the stretch, while Moses Lake's Kayla Bernsen hit a free throw for the final margin.
"It felt like we were trying to give (the game) to each other," Strophy said. "We just made one more than they did."
Chiawana coach Steve Davis said he blamed himself for the Riverhawks' collapse.
"I didn't have the girls prepared to play in a crunch-time situation," he said.
Haley Hodgins finished with 20 points for the Riverhawks, while Sparks and Shelby Ellsworth each had 12.
CHIAWANA -- Reynolds 2, Sparks 12, Ellsworth 12, Loving 3, Valdez 5, Haley Hodgins 20, Rivard 6.
MOSES LAKE -- Gamez 6, Jordan Loera 27, Kunjara 2, Brown 9, Munoz 9, Bernsen 6, Nielsen 2, Gentry, Olson.
Chiawana 11 16 14 19 -- 60
Moses Lake 11 13 11 26 -- 61
Highlights -- Bernsen, Munoz 9 rebs.