YAKIMA – Cassidy France scored 12 points, and Kennedy Hobert added 10 points as White River beat Lynden, 56-46, to claim third place in the Class 2A girls basketball tournament at the Yakima SunDome.
The Hornets (27-3) earned their highest finish since also placing third in 2000 at the 3A state tournament.
White River used a 19-8 second-quarter spurt to take a 34-19 lead at halftime, but Lynden cut the lead to 8-45 with 2:37 remaining.
Despite 3-of-19 shooting from 3-point range, the Hornets connected on 17 of 31 free throws.
Burlington-Edison 44, W.F. West 33 (fourth/sixth): Senior post Uriah Thomas led W.F. West with 10 points and five rebounds and Olivia Erskine had eight points and seven rebounds to give the Bearcats their second consecutive year of bringing home a state trophy.
It was also the first time the program had won back-to-back state trophies since 1994-95. Last year, the team placed fifth. Saturday’s sixth-place trophy is the fifth overall in program history.
The Bearcats (22-5) held a 22-18 lead at halftime, but the Tigers opened the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 27-22 advantage. Tori Weeks’ layup with 4 minutes, 52 seconds to play ended the Tigers’ scoring run and cut the deficit to three at 27-24.
They got as close as 33-31 in the fourth quarter before Burlington-Edison went on another 9-0 run to seal the win. W.F. West committed 22 turnovers compared to Burlington-Edison’s seven.
Clover Park 69, Pullman 48 (fourth/sixth): Sophomore guard Ahmaad Rorie scored a game-high 28 points to give the Warriors back-to-back state trophies for the first time in school history.
Rorie scored 101 points, including a career-best 46 points in Friday’s consolation win over Ellensburg. The tournament scoring record is 118 points by Lynden Christian’s Paul Hafford in 2002.
Though Rorie was scoring ahead of Hafford’s pace, the WIAA is not keeping separate three-game records.
Clover Park shot a blistering 61 percent in the first half on its way to a 46-20 halftime lead. Xavier Means added 20 points for the Warriors.
Cascade Christian 46, Cashmere 44 (third/fifth): The Cougars held off Cashmere’s fourth-quarter rally after Trenton Johnson’s running 3-point try bounced off the rim for the Bulldogs, securing Cascade Christian’s third-place trophy. Shawn Spencer led the Cougars (21-9) with 19 points.
Cascade Christian held a 40-30 advantage with 6:19 to play in the fourth quarter before the Spartans made their comeback using a 12-4 run to cut the lead to 44-42 with 13 seconds remaining.
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