Cashmere beats Elma despite 21 turnovers
WENATCHEE, WA – The Cashmere Bulldogs once again advanced to the State 1A quarterfinals with a win in the regional, this time a 47-34 win over Elma. It was an ugly victory, as the two teams combined for 46 turnovers, 21 by Cashmere. It was also an off shooting night for the Bulldogs, as Caribou Trail League MVP Hailey Van Lith finished with 16-points.
Cashmere Coach Brent Darnell said he was proud of his team. “I’m proud of their effort. Yeah, it wasn’t what we wanted to have happen, but that’s on me. I didn’t get them the right game plan to be successful. But I’m happy the way they gutted it out,” said Darnell.
It’s the 5th consecutive time Cashmere has won the regional game to advance directly to the second day of the State 1A Tournament in Yakima. Darnell says he told the girls in the locker room after the win to never take getting to State for granted. “I told them, hey, we’ve achieved another goal. Enjoy it. There are so many teams in North Central Washington that haven’t even been to State in such a long time and here we are, back again for the 6th consecutive year.”
Darnell admitted the girls will have to play a lot better if they hope to still be playing on the last day in Yakima. “Being without Claire (High, out with a torn ACL) hurt us. She’s our gritty player inside. But I was happy with our bench play tonight. Peyton Brown came in and gave us a spark.
Cashmere will face one of four teams Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in the SunDome. Their opponent depends on the outcomes of Saturday’s other regionals, and the first round of State on Wednesday.
Entiat’s season ends with loss to Inchelium Friday night
Entiat has learned to depend on its three seniors throughout a season that brought the Tigers a regular season league title and the 1B District Title last weekend. Senior Faith Southard fell hard in the second quarter and left to be evaluated for a concussion. After Southard came out, Inchelium went on a run to end the half with a 25-16 lead it would never relinquish. The Hornets added another 37-points in the second half and beat Entiat 62-38 to end the Tiger’s season.
Inchelium will head to State B in Spokane next week to face Sunnyside Christian on Wednesday at 9 a.m. The Crusaders fell to Almira-Coulee-Hartline in the regionals tonight in Cheney 48-38.