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State B: Friday's winner's bracket preview

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Dexter Sienko helped St. George's advance to Friday's semifinals. Dexter Sienko helped St. George's advance to Friday's semifinals.

Boys 2B

 

Wahkiakum vs. Colfax

Wahkiakum dug itself an early hole in its opening-round matchup with Winlock, but used a 13-2 run following halftime to take a lead it would not relinquish. Similarly, Colfax started slow. The Bulldogs didn't run into much trouble with their opponent, though, as LaConner also struggled to get going offensively.

 

Players to watch

Colfax: Montana signee Brandon Gfeller led Colfax with 14 points on Thursday, but didn't really make his presence known. Look for him to get better looks.

Wahkiakum: Shane Souvenir hit two big 3-pointers for the Mules that quelled a late Winlock run. If this game goes down to the wire, the junior has shown the ability to hit a big shot.

 

Lind-Ritzville-Sprague vs. St. George's

Missed free throws almost cost Lind-Ritzville-Sprague its game on Thursday against Northwest Christian, but a late 3-pointer from Dylan Hartz saved the day. St. George's also played a close affair, but it was a much more taxing game, one that went into overtime. Both games were played early in the afternoon on Thursday, but fatigue could still be an issue.

 

Players to watch

Lind-Ritzville-Sprague: Dylan Hartz was the guilty party at the charity stripe late in Thursday's game, but he also hit a big 3-pointer. His teammates say the quarterback of the state champion Eagles football team thrives in the spotlight.

St. George's: It took Dexter Sienko almost three-quarters of Thursday's game to get going, but the dominant 6-foot-6 junior carried the Dragons down the stretch in an absolutely dominating late-game performance. If Sienko gets going early, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague could be in trouble.

 

Boys 1B

 

Sunnyside Christian vs.  Pomeroy

Sunnyside Christian had no problem with Columbia Adventist and showed the ability to get points from multiple players. Pomeroy played a bit of a closer game against Christian Faith, but similarly, was led by a balanced scoring attack.

 

Players to watch

Sunnyside Christian: Brian Broersma was a very efficient 7-of-12 on Thursday and grabbed six rebounds. The 6-foot-5 sophomore should have a tougher test against a bigger Pomeroy frontcourt.

Pomeroy: The Pirates' frontcourt of Riley Bolt and Cody LaMunyan combined for 37 points and 20 rebounds on Thursday. Another big game from the pair of 6-foot-6 forwards, could produce a trip to the finals.

 

LaCrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus vs. Neah Bay

Both teams rolled to comfortable victories in their respective openers on Thursday, with Neah Bay using a 21-3 fourth quarter to cruise to the victory.

 

Players to watch

LaCrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus: Jed Zimmer scored 10 points for the Tigercats, despite shooting just 3-of-13 from the field. If the center, who also had 10 rebounds, is more efficient, he could play a big role.

Neah Bay: Neah Bay doesn't have a big team and could be outmatched on the inside. Another 4-of-10 shooting performance from 3-point land by Tyler McCaulley could help make that a moot fact. An even better percentage could make the difference.

 

Girls 2B

 

Morton-White Pass vs. Reardan

Morton-White Pass had scoring contributions from just three players on Thursday, but somehow eked out a 35-31 victory. The Timberwolves may have more trouble with a Reardan team that made its opening-round game nothing more than a warmup in a thrashing of White Swan.

 

Players to watch

Morton-White Pass: Not only did Lina Hieronymi have a third of the Timberwolves' points, but also almost a quarter of the teams rebounds. Another balanced game from Hieronymi would go a long way.

Reardan: Kelsey Moos is the player to watch in the game. The Arizona State signee didn't have to put forth much effort in the opening-round game and should be plenty rested as the Indians look to three-peat.

 

Northwest Christian vs. Pe Ell

Northwest Christian will once again have the advantage of the home crowd. The Crusaders will be facing a Pe Ell team that barely escaped with a win against Onalaska on Thursday.

 

Players to watch

Northwest Christian: Courtney Gray was an extremely efficient 5-of-6 from the field on Thursday. With balanced lineup that saw four players reach double-digits, Gray could get a lot more than six attempts if the defense has to concentrate on other players. 

Pe Ell: The Trojans only had scoring contributions from four players, but one of them was Sami Robinson, who dropped 19. Add in Robinson's seven boards and you get Pe Ell's most dominant player on Thursday.

 

Girls 1B

 

Pateros vs. Sunnyside Christian

Both teams rolled through their first game without much trouble. Pateros struggled from the field, shooting just 30.9 percent, while Sunnyside Christian did much better, hitting 46.7 percent of its attempts.

 

Players to watch

Pateros: Lorie LeDoux was big on the glass with six offensive rebounds. If the Nannies continue to struggle from the field, LeDoux could come up huge by extending possessions.

Sunnyside Christian: Annie Brouwer led the Knights with 17 points on an efficient 7-of-12 shooting. Is another big game in store for Brouwer?

 

Wilbur-Creston vs. Colton

Wilbur-Creston had to exude a lot of energy in order to complete its fourth-quarter comeback, while Colton coasted to its 77-15 win.

 

Players to watch

Wilbur-Creston: Jessica Boyer had a big day for the Wildcats, scoring 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting.

Colton: Colton received plenty of contributions in its big win, but Jackie Warner provided a big boost with 13 points and nine rebounds. Watch her to see if the Wildcats can get another well-rounded game from the junior.

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