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Practice squads play a role

Richland girls basketball coach Jerry Riggs was telling me Wednesday that he thinks his practice squad has been key to his team's success this season.

Apparently, the coaches assign the backups players from whoever the Bombers will face the next game and have them play offense and defense just like their future opponents (to the best of their ability), to get the Bombers' starting five prepared for the games.

Pretending to be Chiawana probably proved to be difficult, considering how good the Riverhawks' starting five is. Chiawana has four players in the top 15 in scoring in CBBN 4A.

We'll see how all the work and preparation has paid off this week as the two teams meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chiawana.

If the Riverhawks win, they will all but be assured the top seed. A Richland win would put the Bombers into first place alone, though they still have to travel to Moses Lake.