High School Basketball

Richland boys basketball smashes Mt. Rainier at 4A state

Richland’s Colten Northrop breaks down win over Mount Rainier in 4A state tournament opening round

No. 5 Richland High School routed No. 13 Mount Rainier, 81-51, in a Class 4A state tournament opening-round game on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 in the Tacoma Dome.
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No. 5 Richland High School routed No. 13 Mount Rainier, 81-51, in a Class 4A state tournament opening-round game on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 in the Tacoma Dome.

The Richland boys basketball team opened the state tournament in Tacoma on Wednesday by routing Mt. Rainier 81-51.

With the win, the No. 5-seeded Bombers (21-4) advance to the Class 4A state quarterfinals with a 12:15 p.m. game scheduled for Thursday against No. 3 seed Federal Way.

On Wednesday in the Tacoma Dome, Richland jumped out to a 15-8 first quarter lead and never looked back.

It was 34-14 at halftime, and 62-27 after three quarters.

“We got pressed and zoned by them the whole game,” said Richland coach Earl Streufert. “What that did is they played us into a faster game.”

The key, through, was the first-half shooting. Richland shot a blazing 57 percent (15 for 26) from the floor, while Mt. Rainier struggled at 12 percent (4 for 33), which included an 0-for-9 performance from the 3-point line.

“There were a lot of contested shots by our guys,” Streufert said.

It was a very balanced performance from all five Richland starters.

Cole Northrop led Richland with 24 points on 9 of 17 shooting, while point guard Dhaunye Guice had 12 points, six assists and five rebounds. Cody Sanderson also had 12 points to go with seven rebounds, and Garrett Streufert added 10 points and seven rebounds. Center Jack Schuster scored 7 points, but he also led the Bombers with 11 rebounds.

Richland outrebounded Mt. Rainier 54-37.

The Bombers did struggle with turnovers, with 17. But they also passed the ball very well, collecting 21 assists.

“We shared the ball well and guys finished,” Streufert said. “We had the last two games where we struggled. Today, we shook off the doldrums from these last two weeks.”

With the victory, Richland advances to the final eight teams of the 4A tournament and will play at least two more days in the Tacoma Dome.

Mt. Rainier was led by Amanuel Gebreziabher’s 18 points. But with Wednesday’s game being a loser-out contest, Mt. Rainier’s season ends with an 18-9 record.

Other tournament games

In another state tournament game Wednesday, Sydney Banks scored 17 points and teammate Jenna Andringa added 11 points and 11 rebounds, as the Sunnyside Christian girls eliminated Inchelium 61-42 in a girls 1B state tournament game at Spokane Arena. The Knights outscored Inchelium 34-19 in the second half to win.

Sunnyside Christian will play Neah Bay in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Other games involving Mid-Columbia-area teams were scheduled to play after the Herald’s print deadline on Wednesday.

In the 4A girls tournament, the No. 12 Chiawana girls played No. 5 Glacier Peak in a loser-out game Wednesday night, while No. 9 Sunnyside was to play top-ranked Woodinville in another loser-out game.

In the 3A girls tournament, No. 4 Kamiakin had a bye into the quarterfinals. The Braves will play at 9 a.m. Thursday against No. 11 Snohomish, which beat No. 6 Seattle Prep 42-39 in a loser-out game Wednesday.

In Yakima, No. 9 Royal and No. 8 Connell played a loser-out game Wednesday in the Yakima Valley SunDome at the 1A boys tournament.

In the 2B girls tournament in the Spokane Arena, the No. 2-ranked Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars play in the quarterfinals on Thursday. They take on the winner of the No. 9 Brewster vs. No. 8 Rainier contest. The Jaguars won’t tip-off until 9 p.m. Thursday.

In the 1B boys tournament in Spokane, top-ranked Sunnyside Christian has a bye until the quarterfinals Thursday at 5:30 p.m. SSC will play the winner between No. 10 Neah Bay vs. No. 2 Odessa.