For the 7th time in school history, the Cashmere girls basketball team earned a trophy at the State Tournament. This year happened to be the 3rd place trophy as the Bulldogs bounced back from a semifinal loss Friday to La Salle to beat Medical Lake 55-33. Coach Brent Darnell says he’s proud of how the girls came back from Friday’s loss…
Darnell said, “we thought coming into this tournament we were one of the three best teams. We thought Lynden Christian, La Salle or us could win this tournament. And we thought we all had an equal chance. And we were right.”
Cashmere fell behind early as Medical Lake hit one three pointer after another to build a 12-4 lead midway through the 1st quarter. The Bulldogs came storming back behind the play of Hailey Van Lith and led it 15-12 at the end of the first and never trailed again.
Van Lith says she can’t help but feel they could have done better. “I would say we’re a little disappointed. I’m super proud of my team and how we finished it out. We gutted it out and were really tough. We did it for our community. We did it for each other. It was a great difference from last year (losing the State Title game to Lynden Christian 45-44) ending with a win and finishing strong. But I would say we’re a little disappointed” (at not winning the Title).
Hailey led all scorers with 24-points. Grace Erdmann nearly pulled off a double-double with 9-points and 11-rebounds. She said the win was bitter-sweet, “of course we’re happy winning our last game. I haven’t done that before (in three trips to State). But at the same time there’s that little voice in the back of our minds saying we could have been in the championship.”
A huge Cashmere crowd was on hand to cheer on the Bulldogs, something that didn’t go unnoticed by the players, including Ellie Alberts, who scored 10-points. “It means a lot, the community, everybody coming out every day. No matter how far it is away, everybody comes out and supports. The whole town is here. It really makes a difference with the emotions and how we’re dealing with everything.
So Cashmere downs Medical Lake 55-33 and finishes the season 22-and-3 with the 3rd place trophy. Congratulations to the Bulldogs.