Alicea Morrell, a junior varsity player elevated for the playoffs, hit 5 of 8 shots in the second half to lift Springdale to a 51-46 victory over Selkirk on Tuesday and into the championship game of the Panorama 2B basketball tournament.
The Chargers (18-2) will face fellow regular-season co-champion St. George’s (14-6) for the tournament title on Friday, site and time to be determined. The Rangers (11-10) meet Republic (5-15) for the league’s other berth in the district tourney.
Springdale trailed 21-20 at halftime but inched away in the second half behind the shooting of Morrell and the defense of Shelbea Rainbolt, who had seven steals to go along with her game-high 18 points. For the Rangers, Maria Villegas led the way with 14 points.
St. George’s 48, Republic 31: Lizzie McQuade had 19 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists in a solid all-around effort that pushed the Dragons past the Tigers in Spokane. St. George’s, which also got 18 points from Lena Leverett-Standal, broke things open with a 20-8 burst in the second quarter.
1B NE District tourney
Almira/Coulee-Hartline 56, St. Michael’s 42: Madeline Isaak had 19 points and Nikki Osborne 15 rebounds in ACH’s romp in Coulee City. The winning Warriors (20-1) advance to Saturday’s semifinals at Deer Park against Cusick at 7:30 p.m., with St. Michael’s and Odessa meeting in a loser-out game at Riverside at 3:45.
Curlew 36, Columbia 30: The visiting Cougars (9-12) upset the Panorama 1B champion Lions (16-4) by holding them to just two points in the fourth quarter, overcoming a five-point deficit. Curlew’s Chanel Somday and Mallory Strandberg split 18 points in the low-scoring contest, which the Cougars won with a strong effort on the boards. The Cougars battle Sprague-Harrington in Saturday’s semifinals at 6 p.m. at Deer Park, with the Lions and Inchelium in a loser-out game at Riverside at 2 p.m.
Cusick 53, Odessa 27: The Panthers (15-4) held visiting Odessa (3-14) to just 11-of-52 shooting, with 11 players scoring. Holly Edwards had 11 rebounds and five assists.
Sprague-Harrington 45, Inchelium 41: Hillary Hayes broke a tie game on a 3-pointer with 1:30 left and the Falcons (8-10) held on against the visiting Hornets (9-11) in a first-round game. Inchelium’s Serena Condon and S-H’s Micayla Oldham each had 14 points.
Northeast A tournament
Kettle Falls 63, Chewelah 42: Chelsea Brisbois had 12 of her 24 points in the first quarter and added 12 rebounds, the host Bulldogs (10-11) eliminating the Cougars (2-18). Freeman is next for the Bulldogs on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Mead.
Great Northern League
Medical Lake 60, Deer Park 40: Kaitlin McNeil had 13 points and Gabrielle Daily 10 points and 10 rebounds and the Cardinals (5-8, 3-6) pounded the visiting Stags (3-13, 2-8).
Pullman 65, Riverside 45: The Greyhounds (13-2, 9-0) stayed atop the GNL by forcing 27 Riverside turnovers in their romp in Pullman. Shelby Cheslek scored 16 points for the Hounds and Erika Hansen added 12, while Naomi Zanoni’s 11 topped the Rams (1-14, 1-9).
West Valley 57, Cheney 26: Shaniqua Nilles scored 23 points and Hannah Love had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Eagles (13-3, 7-3) routed the host Blackhawks (6-10, 5-5).
Caribou Trail League
Lake Roosevelt 50, Okanogan 45 (OT): Melissa Meza had 17 points and Mayatat Bell-Bart 14 in the Raiders’ (11-7, 8-5) overtime victory at Coulee Dam over the Bulldogs (9-10, 5-8).