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2B Boys BB: Rigdon’s Big Game Not Enough for Adna vs. NWC

Adna’s Tanner Rigdon puts up a shot over a pair Northwest Christian defenders during the third quarter of a State 2B Basketball Tournament consolation game on Friday morning in Spokane.

FINALE: Rigdon Scores 27, but Crusaders’ Size Too Big an Obstacle in 60-43 Loss

By Aaron VanTuyl


SPOKANE — Tanner Rigdon went out on a high note with 27 points, but balance and outside shooting — the Pirates’ two calling card all season — evaded them here Saturday.

And as a result, the bigger, more seasoned Crusaders were able to keep their season alive with a 60-43 win in the State 2B consolation bracket.

Defending champ Northwest Christian (24-2) moves on to the fourth-place game Saturday morning, with an 8 a.m. game against Napavine.

Rigdon scored 10 in the first quarter, went 10 of 11 from the foul line and — outside of two first-half 3-pointers from Blake Davis — was the only Pirate to hit a field goal before late in the fourth quarter.

“I loved the way he went out,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “In the fourth quarter he just kind of slipped the switch.”

The coaching staff, Salme said, challenged their lone senior starter at the end of the third quarter, with the game mostly out of hand and a 46-26 advantage for NWO.

“We said ‘Do not have a regret. Be the aggressors in the fourth quarter,’” Salme said. “We can say we fought til the very end, and he definitely led the charge. I’m extremely proud of him.”

Northwest Christian, though, held Adna to 8 points over the second and third quarters to turn what had been a slim Pirate lead into a double-figure deficit. The Crusaders held a 41-22 rebounding advantage, with senior point guard Ryan Ricks grabbing a game-high 13 boards to go with 15 points.

“Size and strength kind of affects us, and that’s the thing. We will fight toe-to-toe with people,” Salme said. “But we saw pregame, they’re pretty big, pretty long — they’re 6-7, but their other guys are 6-3 and 6-4. So, yeah, we played too passively there in the third quarter, and the second.”

Guard Thomas Brown led NWC with 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting, and the Crusaders, overall, went 24 of 40 from the floor (60 percent).

Adna, meanwhile, shot a paltry 5 of 27 from behind the arc, and didn’t hit a field goal in the third quarter.

Cody Young added 8 points for Adna, while Davis finished with 6. Rigdon also picked up nine rebounds and two steals.

Adna finished the season at 21-8, and graduates, in addition to Rigdon, Preston Ashley, Colman Stewart and Conner Terry from a team that finished second in the Central 2B League and third in the District 4 tournament.

“I can confidently say we’re heading in the right direction,” Salme, in his second year with Adna, said. “There are some hungry underclassmen who just got some experience here.”
At Spokane


NW Christian 17 11 18 14 —60

Adna                18  4  4  17 —43

Northwest Christian (60) — Ricks 15, Harman 3, Brown 20, Cox 16, Burns 2, Carolus-Knutson 2, Bax 1

FG: 24 of 60 —.600 FT: 9 of 19 —.474 Reb. 41 (Ricks 13)

Adna (43) — Rigdon 27, Young 8, Weed 2, Davis 6

FG: 12 of 52 —.231 FT: 14 of 16 —.875 Reb. 22 (Rigdon 9)

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