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Recapping Wednesday’s hoops

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2009 at 8:56 am with No Comments »
December 31, 2009 9:04 am

Nearly all of the holiday tournaments are over. We saw some blowouts, some upsets and a few thrillers.

Third-ranked Curtis was the biggest winner of the break, establishing itself as a team to be reckoned with. The undefeated Vikings won the Spokane Holiday Showcase by beating Kentridge, 61-56, at Spokane Falls CC. Darius Johnson-Wilson led Curtis (10-0) with 16 points. Chargers guard Gary Bell scored a game-high 26 points.

Puyallup scored a couple nice wins this week, beating Wenatchee on a buzzer-beater on Tuesday and toppling No. 5 Mead on Wednesday at Wenatchee.

In girls hoops, 4A No. 1 Auburn Riverside cemented itself as the top team in the state with its 65-58 win over No. 2 Lewis & Clark. The Ravens watched their 19-point lead turn into a two-point edge late in the game, but Brooke Hinkens came up with a few big plays and helped Auburn Riverside hang on.

No. 5 Bellarmine Prep bounced back from a loss to Gonzaga Prep on Tuesday with a decisive 59-40 win over No. 3 Kentwood. The Lions led 37-16 at halftime. Mechela Barnes scored 20 points to lead Bellarmine Prep and Simonne Potts, Sarah Hartwell and Grace Beardemphl all scored in double-figures.

White River knocked off 4A No. 7 Issaquah 49-43 in the finals of the BCC Christmas Classic. Brooke Paulson was named tournament MVP after scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds in the title game and Sabra Sproul was a first-team pick.

And Stadium snapped a 33-game losing steak when it defeated Life Christian 54-23.

Click here to read Thursday’s Prep Zone and click here for a full list of Wednesday’s results.

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