When Amanda Lance sees Kristin Sturdivan flash those spirit fingers, she knows what to do.
They’ve played together since they were sixth graders. So Lance knows by now that it means Sturdivan is feeling it.
"When she gets those going, I know it’s going in," Lance said.
Well, Sturdivan’s spirit fingers were going. Lance passed, Sturdivan hit the 3-pointer from the right wing with 1 minute, 26 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The fourth-ranked White River High School girls basketball team extended its lead from three points to six and never looked back, beating No. 10 Blaine 60-51 in the 2A regional round of the state tournament to advance to the state quarterfinals at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
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Sturdivan made four 3-pointers in the second half, finishing with 14 points. Lance and sophomore forward Kendall Bird scored 19 points each.
But it was Sturdivan hot shooting in the second half that really helped the Hornets (22-3) pull away.
"Jeez. That’s a huge game," White River coach Chris Gibson said. "Sometimes she passes those up. She just needs to shoot. She’s done that for four years for us.
"I’m proud of her. She had the guts to take those shots and she knocked them down."
Blaine (9-13) ends it season one game shy of a return trip to the SunDome after reaching the 1A quarterfinals last year.
The Borderites trailed by as much as 47-33 in the fourth quarter after leading 12-10 after the first. But a 3-pointer from Taylor V’Dovec and free throws from Breanna Chau, who finished with 19 points, pulled Blaine to within 49-46.
Then the spirit fingers.
"That one needed to go in," Gibson said.