Liberty Christian of Richland will send its boys and girls basketball teams to Spokane next week for the State 2B tournament after both won semifinal games in the District 9 2B tournament Monday at Whitman College in Walla Walla.
The Liberty Christian boys defeated Walla Walla Valley Academy 65-56 after the girls had pulled out a 45-43 decision over Tekoa-Oakesdale.
Waitsburg-Prescott also qualified its boys team with a 53-46 win over Garfield-Palouse, while Asotin’s girls earned a trip with a 58-38 victory over Pomeroy.
Monday’s losers still have a shot at the district’s third state berths and begin a battle for survival Wednesday.
On the boys side, Walla Walla Valley Academy plays DeSales at 4:30 p.m. and Gar-Pal faces Asotin at 7:30, the losers being eliminated. The winners play for No. 3 seeding at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tekoa-Oakesdale’s girls play DeSales at 3 p.m. and Pomeroy faces Waitsburg-Prescott at 6 on Wednesday. Like the boys, the losers are eliminated and the winners play for a spot at state Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Liberty Christian and Asotin girls play for the district championship and 1-2 seeding to state at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Liberty Christian boys and Waitsburg-Prescott title and 1-2 seeding game at 6:30.
Cash Ulrich backstopped a strong Spokane defense with 42 saves as the Braves shut out Castlegar 2-0 on Monday at Eagles Ice-A-Rena to trim the Rebels’ lead in the best-of-7 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff series to 2-1.
Spokane was outshot 42-34, but A.J. King in the first period and Kyle Bacon in the third found the back of the Castlegar net to provide Ulrich with all the offensive help he would need.
Game 4 is tonight at 8 at Eagles Ice-A-Rena. Castlegar won the first two games on its ice during the weekend, 2-0 and 7-4.