The Greater Spokane League champion Gonzaga Prep girls basketball team took home the District 8 4A title with an 86-47 win over Central Valley on Saturday night.
The Bears (15-6) will host Mead – which beat Lewis and Clark 61-45 in a loser-out game on Saturday – at 5:30 Tuesday night in another loser-out meeting to determine the No. 2 seed from District 8.
With the win G-Prep (20-1) will host the Mid-Columbia Conference’s district champion, Chiawana, Friday in a subregional match-up.
“They’re fun to watch and they’re a fun group to coach,” said Gonzaga Prep head coach Mike Arte. “But the games are going to get progressively harder with Chiawana coming in.”
The Bullpups shot 11 of 12 in the first quarter and jumped out to a 25-8 lead by the end of the first. The hot shooting continued for the entire game with Gonzaga Prep shooting 7 of 12 (58 percent) from 3-point range and 32 of 53 (60 percent) from the field in the contest.
G-Prep’s Hannah Caudill lead all scorers with 22 points, the senior guard also had seven assists.
“She is the most underrated player in the GSL,” Arte said. “Nobody knows her. They know Otiona (Gildon), they know Laura (Stockton) and Hannah (Caudill) is the best player in the GSL. She should be league MVP.”
Stockton and Gildon were also forces to be reckoned with for Gonzaga Prep. Stockton had 20 points, six steals and four asssits, while Gildon added 18 points.
“It was one of those games where there is nothing you can do,” Bears head coach Freddie Rehkow said after the loss.
CV’s Madison Hovren, the GSL’s leading scorer, was held to 12 points in the game, seven of which came in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand for the Bullpups. Hovren’s first field goal didn’t come until the 6:55 mark of the final quarter and eight of her points came at the charity stripe.
“They defended us very physically,” Rehkow said. “But you’ve got to learn to play through it. There are tougher games ahead.”
For Arte the key wasn’t shutting down Hovren, but playing her like they play every other dominant post player.
“Nothing really special, it’s what we do with any other big post,” Arte said. “But she’s so tough in there with the left hand and if you let her get deep position she’s just going to beat you or get fouled every time. I thought Lauren Weir and Wendy Gregory did an outstanding job of keeping her off of the block as much as possible.”
In the end it came down to passing and the ability of all five of the Bullpups players on the court being able to score.
“When we run motion stuff and our cuts against the zone we have such great skilled kids who can feed people cutting before they cut,” Arte explained. “Our kids look for each other … and we often times have five girls on the floor who can score.”
Mead 61, Lewis and Clark 45: The Panthers extended their season, setting up Tuesday’s loser-out game against Central Valley.
Mead assisted on 16 of the team’s 22 field goals. Delany Junkermier scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded four blocks for the Panthers.