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Thursday’s State 2A Girls Basketball: W.F. West Cruises Past Black Hills Into Semifinals

Images from a State 2A Girls Basketball quarterfinal game between W.F. West and Black Hills at the Yakima Sundome on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

SWEEP: Bearcats Top The Wolves For Fourth Time This Season
By Matt Baide
mbaide@chronline.com
YAKIMA — W.F. West and Black Hills faced off for the fourth time this season in the State 2A Girls Basketball quarterfinals on Thursday, and for the fourth time, the Bearcats came away with a win, 60-46.
The Lady Bearcats face East Valley (Yakima) in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in the Sundome.
Kiara Steen led W.F. West with 17 points and Maggie Vadala tallied a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
“(It) feels great, really good. Of course, anytime we beat them, it feels great,” W.F. West’s Julia Johnson said. “We didn’t really stress much about it. We just went out and played our game just like we always do against them.”
Lindsey Nurmi scored 15 points to lead Black Hills and Megan River added 11 points.
W.F. West has won five straight against Black Hills, including last year’s state third place game, and won all four meetings this season.
“It feels great to beat that team four times, I’d like to beat them five,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said.
W.F. West won the district title game over Black Hills 66-44, but Kelly saw a lot of improvement compared to the game almost two weeks ago.
“Better than in the district title game. We started out great, we had a little lul in the second quarter. We couldn’t hit on these hoops,” Kelly said. “I thought overall, it was a lot better than the district title game and then I’m trying to save legs. I’m playing the younger girls and stuff because we want to win three games, we don’t want to win one.”
A big reason for the better play in this game was the start for W.F. West, including a 7-0 run to lead 17-7 after the first quarter.
“I loved the start, I knew it too. I knew they were gonna, they were up late last night at the boys game, overtime, and I thought they were a big part of that game too,” Kelly said. “Then, they had the ball ceremony and everything afterwards. They got in late, but they slept in, and I just knew this morning that they were ready to go.”
The Lady Bearcats held Black Hills to 7 points again in the second quarter to build a 30-14 lead at halftime. W.F. West scored 20 points in the third quarter to push the lead to 20, and cruised in the fourth quarter to the win.
East Valley defeated Wapato 60-45 to earn a spot in the semifinals. Kelly knows what his team has to clean up to earn a win on Friday.
“We’ve got to rebound. I think we can pressure them, I was watching them a little bit, I think we can pressure them,” Kelly said. “Wapato never pressured them but they did rebound. We’ve got to rebound tomorrow. We outrebound them, we win, simple as that.”

At Yakima
BEARCATS 60, WOLVES 46
Black Hills 7 7 16 16 —46
W.F. West 17 13 20 10 —60
Black Hills (46) — Williams 9, River 11, Bender 4, Nurmi 15, Lee 4, Greenfield 3
FG: 16 of 54 —.296 FT: 9 of 20 —.450 Reb: 35 (Bender 7)
W.F. West (60) — Vadala 10, Johnson 6, Bennett 7, Brumfield 9, Steen 17, Waring 9, Henry 2
FG: 20 of 53 —.377 FT: 16 of 22 —.727 Reb: 39 (Vadala 15)

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