The stingy defense was there for the Cascade Christian High girls basketball team at the Class 1A state tournament over the weekend at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
But the Cougars just couldn’t get the offense going, and it ultimately did them in.
In the March 5 opening game against Zillah, Cascade Christian hung around late in the game, but fell short, losing 33-29.
“Usually when you hold a team to 33 points on 18 percent shooting (from the field), you win the game,” Cascade Christian coach Bryan Peterson said. “It leaves you scratching your head.”
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Early in the third quarter, the Cougars led by as many as six points. But point guard Tristen Coltom picked up her fourth foul at about the six minute mark and immediately went to the bench.
“She’s not only our leading scorer, but also our quarterback who leads the offense,” Peterson said of Coltom.
The Leopards took advantage of Coltom’s absence, immediately going on a 10-0 run to grab a four-point lead.
“A 10-point swing in a low-scoring game is a significant swing,” Peterson said.
The Cougars weren’t able to recover after that, despite shooting 24 percent from the field.
The loss dropped Cascade Christian into the consolation bracket, where it matched up with defending 1A state champion Lynden Christian.
Lynden Christian forced Cascade Christian into 20 turnovers in a 36-19 Lyncs victory over the Cougars in Friday’s 1A consolation game.
Poor shooting plagued the Cougars, who had their season end at 20-5 and one game short of earning a state trophy. CC made just 16 percent of its field goals (5 of 31) including one first-half field goal as it trailed 19-8 at halftime.
Savannah Hunter led Cascade Christian with eight points and Coltom had seven.
“I told the girls that I didn’t think our season should be measured by the last loss, but more the complete body of work,” Peterson said. “We had a very fine season.”