The No. 1 Braves (23-1) held off a late rally by the No. 5 Lancers for a convincing win and the school’s second straight appearance in the Class 3A boys semifinals.
Justin Pedley led the Braves with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Cooper Clyde chipped in 14 points.
Seattle Pacific-bound swingman Mitch Penner finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Kennedy (21-4).
“It was so nice to see are kids be assertive and aggressive to start the game,” Kamiakin head coach Brian Meneely said. “But then we knew they were going to ramp it up.”
The Braves led by as many as 12 in the first half, but Kennedy used an aggressive, full-court press to cut the deficit to two points midway through the fourth quarter.
“We could see that pressure was going to rattle them a little bit,” Penner said. “So we came out with a little more pressure and we saw that was helping us out. But it just seemed to be a little bit too late.”