By Todd Milles
4A BOYS FOURTH/SIXTH
Central Valley 56, Newport of Bellevue 39: Keep the No. 4 Bears (24-3) in mind – their best days are yet to come.
Adam Chamberlain and A.J. Knudsen scored 17 points apiece for the Greater Spokane League champions, which built a double-digit lead near the end of the third quarter over the Knights.
Ten of the 12 Central Valley players on this state roster are juniors. The only regular contributor graduating is senior Austin Rehkow, who will go on to Idaho on a football scholarship.
And the Bears’ junior varsity squad nearly ran the table in GSL, losing one game.
4A GIRLS FOURTH/SIXTH
Gonzaga Prep 67, Inglemoor 59: This back-and-forth affair came right down to the wire – with the No. 4 Bullpups (25-4) ending the game with five guards on the floor because of foul trouble.
The sixth-ranked Vikings (22-4) got as close as 61-59 after Alex Hagen’s 3-pointers with 39 seconds remaining. Gonzaga Prep’s Kayla Leland answered with a pair of free throws, but Inglemoor blew a chance to keep it a one-possession game when it turned the ball over on a breakaway layup.
Leland led Gonzaga Prep with 19 points. Laura Stockton added 16. Hagen and Kelly Conroy had 16 points apiece for Inglemoor, which made nine 3-pointers to stay in it the whole way.
The Bullpups registered their best state finish in school history. They placed fifth last season after a final-day defeat to Mount Rainier.
3A BOYS FOURTH/SIXTH
Mountlake Terrace 54, Seattle Prep 43: Michael Lotz’s 3-pointer with 26 seconds to go in the third quarter triggered the Hawks’ knockout run, and the Wesco champions’ breakneck style finally wore down the Panthers in grabbing fourth place.
Marquis Armstead added another 3-pointer 40 seconds into the fourth quarter as fuel for the No. 5 Hawks’ 9-0 run to grab a 41-33 lead.
Sixth-ranked Seattle Prep (21-9) got as close as 43-40 on D.J. Fenner’s basket with 3:50 remaining, but Blake Fernandez went on his own personal 7-0 spurt for Mountlake Terrace (23-4) – five coming on free throws to give his team a 50-40 lead.
Fenner, the Metro League player of the year, fouled out with 1:48 remaining. Clearly bothered by a sore ankle, he scored just nine points in his final game, and is now headed off to Nevada.
3A GIRLS FOURTH/SIXTH
Kamiakin 47, University 37: The Braves (17-9) closed the door in the third quarter, outscoring their Spokane opponent, 14-7, to grab a commanding 15-point lead – and the fourth-place trophy in the Tacoma Dome.
Sira Toure paced the Kamiakin scoring with 21 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Holly Ellison added 14, and Courtney Nelson chipped in with 10. Brooke Bailey was the only University player in double figures with 11 points – but she was 2-for-14 from the floor.
It was especially redemptive since Kamiakin came into the 3A championships as one of the co-favorites, and was sent home with two consecutive losses.
The Braves’ fourth-place finish is the best in school history in 3A. They placed fifth in 2011 after a Saturday loss to North Central. The Braves were the 1985 state 4A champions.