Local teams battle for titles and tickets to domestic competition
COLUMBIA BASIN – As basketball teams enter the playoffs and compete for their chance to win district titles and a ticket to the state tournament, the hoops fanatics of the Columbia Basin have had a diverse season to watch.
The Warden girls are undefeated this year, 21-0, and will face Mabton High School on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. at River View High School for the district championship. The winner and loser will advance to regionals.
The Warden High School boys did not make it to the district tournament. Their season record was 3-18.
The girls from Moses Lake High School were automatically seeded in the second round of the district tournament. They play at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 against Eisenhower High School at Eisenhower. The winner moves on to regionals while the loser will play in a lose-win-regional matchup scheduled for February 19.
The boys from Moses Lake High School took on Wenatchee High School in the first round of districts on February 16. Moses Lake lost 55-41, finishing his season with an 8-12 overall record. Wenatchee will advance to the second round of district competition.
The Quincy High School boys won all of their matches in the District Tournament, winning the District 6 1A title. They move on to the District 6/7 crossover match, which is scheduled for February 19. The Jacks will face Colville Senior High School. The winner of the crossover advances through the districts while the loser is eliminated.
The Quincy High School Girls lost to Chelan High School in the District Tournament, 19-42, ending their season. The Lady Jacks had a 6-15 overall season record.
The Wahluke High Boys defeated Wapato High in the first round of districts 62-60, then fell to Zillah High 74-63. Wahluke was given a second chance and will face Connell High School on February 17 at Toppenish High School. Results were not available at press time. Wahluke is 10-8 overall this season.
Wahluke’s daughters were not selected for the district competition. They finished their season with an overall record of 1-17.
The boys from Soap Lake High School defeated Pateros and Riverside Christian to play in the district championship against Moses Lake Christian Academy/Covenant Christian School on February 17. Results were not available at press time. The winner will advance to Regionals while the loser will have a second shot at making it to Regionals by beating Entiat or Riverside Christian in the District runner-up match. Soap Lake is 14-5 overall so far this season. MLCA/CCS is 20-2 overall after beating Cascade Christian and Entiat in the district tournament.
The Soap Lake High School girls fell to Entiat in the first round of Districts 41-52, finishing their season with a 4-14 overall record.
The MLCA/CCS girls were automatically seeded in the second round of districts where they beat Entiat 60-14. The MLCA/CCS faced Waterville-Mansfield on February 17 for the district title. Results were not available at press time. The winner of the District title moves on to Regionals while the loser gets a second shot at Regionals by beating the winner of the match Entiat vs. Pateros. The MLCA/CCS beat Waterville-Mansfield earlier in the season in the dying seconds of the game to win the league title.
The Royal High School girls lost to Wapato High School 54-85 in the first round. They followed up their second chance to beat Naches Valley 64-60. They then performed at Toppenish High School on February 17 at 6 p.m. Results were not available at press time. The winner would advance to the final round where the winner goes to regionals and the loser is eliminated.
The Royal High School boys beat Naches Valley 81-50 then lost to Toppenish 55-66. They played Wapato on February 17 to advance to the final round where the winner goes to regionals and the loser is eliminated. Their season record is 14-6.
The girls from Othello High School defeated the girls from Ephrata High School in the first round of the district tournament, 62-35 on February 8. Othello then fell to Prosser High School on February 10, 52-59.
Ephrata and Othello each got a second chance in the competition on February 14. Ephrata fell to Grandview High School 36-60, finishing their season with a 4-18 record. Othello, however, beat East Valley High School 41-25 and then Grandview 52-37. Othello next plays Prosser on February 18 at Prosser. The winner goes to the regionals and the loser sees his season end. Othello’s current record is 15-8.
The Ephrata High School boys lost to Prosser in the first round of districts 53-70. They lost their second chance against East Valley 62-63. The boys finished their season with an overall record of 7-16.
The Othello High School boys did not make it to the district tournament. Their season record was 4-14.
The Wilson Creek boys lost in the first round of Districts to Entiat, 42-51. They didn’t get a second chance in the tournament and finished their season with an overall record of 5-12.
The Wilson Creek girls also fell in the first round of Districts to Pateros 64-20. Their season record was 2-12.
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