It has now been 722 days since the Central Valley Bears lost a girls basketball game. The streak continued thanks to stout defense and a Lacie Hull triple double as the Bears routed the visiting Richland Bombers 63-35.
The Bears advance to the 4A subregional championship game on Feb. 17 against Greater Spokane League foe Gonzaga Prep. The Bullpups defeated the Mead Panthers in overtime.
Hull’s 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists paced the Bears.
“She’s a stud,” CV head coach Freddie Rehkow said. “She’s a player that’s going to be very quiet but she gets those (stats). We knew she was right there and for her to do that is pretty amazing.”
Lexie’s twin sister Lacie led the Bears with 16 points.
Central Valley 63, Richland 35: You probably wouldn’t expect it based on the final score, but CV opened the game with sloppy play and allowed the Bombers to take an early lead, forcing Rehkow to take an early timeout.
“I thought we hadn’t got out of the locker room yet,” Rehkow said. “We had a couple bunnies that we missed, a couple passes that we missed. One of the things that we really pride ourselves on is coming out and being ready to go. I didn’t think we were ready to go.”
After the timeout the Bears woke up and went on a 14-0 run to close the first quarter. From there, it was all CV.
While the offense had its moments of struggle, the CV defense did its usual thing – keeping the Bombers from getting to the basket and getting in the way of any passes in the paint.
CV forced a number of turnovers and frustrated the Richland offense.
“We take a lot of pride in our defense,” Rehkow said. “When you look at this year, the team that was second in defense in our league gave up two hundred more points than us. We really want to hold teams under thirty.”
The Bears scored the second half’s first seven points and rarely showed any resistance.
The Bears and Bombers were playing their second game in as many days due to weather postponements earlier in the week, creating an awkward schedule. The Bombers arrived in town about 90 minutes before tipoff.
“(We) played last night and came in for a shootaround today,” Rehkow said. “It’s a weird day. We don’t normally play on Saturdays so to have a back-to-back on a Saturday was a good test for us.”
The Bears easily passed the test and will look to continue their second undefeated season in a row.
Gonzaga Prep 56, Mead 50 OT: The visiting Panthers (15-8) seemed to have things in control leading 47-42 with 25 seconds to go in regulation. But the Bullpups’ Molly McDermott banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send it to overtime. Then G-Prep (15-7) scored the first six points in the extra session and Mead couldn’t recover. Mia Scelfo and Kerynica Keyes scored 16 points each for G-Prep. Aaliyah Pauling led Mead with 18. Mead visits LC on Tuesday in a loser-out game at 6.
Lewis and Clark 76, Pasco 27: The Tigers jumped all over the visiting Bulldogs in a loser-out game. Dominique Arquette led LC with 19 points, Calli Mikesell had 15 and Jacinta Buckley added 10.
Mt. Spokane 71, Southridge 44: Jaidyn Lyman and Aspyn Adams scored 21 points apiece to lead the Wildcats (17-4) past the visiting Suns. The Wildcats travel to Kamiakin on Thursday for the championship game. Lyman and Adams each made five 3-pointers and Lyman had five assists.
Kamiakin 67, North Central 31: The Braves outscored the visiting Indians (8-14) 18-2 in the first quarter and it didn’t get better thereafter. NC visits Southridge on Thursday in a loser-out game. Quincy McDeid led NC with 19 points.