YAKIMA, WA – The Zillah Leopards showed why they’re one of the top teams in the state Saturday, manhandling Cashmere in a 84-56 regional victory. Zillah moves on to the quarterfinals of the State 1A Tournament while Cashmere will face a loser-out game Wednesday in Yakima against King’s Way Christian.
Antonio Salinas led Zillah with 22-points while teammates Weston Ide had 14 and Cesar Diaz 13 as the Leopards improved to 23-and-1. Mason Landeck paced Cashmere with 22-points as the Bulldogs fell to 17-and-6.
Bulldogs Coach Levi Heyen said it was a learning experience. “The difference between Zillah and Cashmere right now is their defense. I think both teams can score and put up the points, but it’s their intensity at the defensive end that is the difference,” said Heyen. “This is where we want to be,” added Heyen. “Zillah is a State Championship caliber team. They’re senior-dominated. We are sophomore-dominated. I see Zillah among the top tier and we’re in the next tier down,” said Heyen.
Cashmere plays King’s Way Christian Wednesday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. in the SunDome as the State 1A Tournament gets underway. A win would put the Bulldogs in a Thursday game against Seattle Academy at 3:45 p.m. The Academy advanced to the quarterfinals by downing Okanogan Saturday 65-62. Okanogan plays a loser-out game Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. against Bellevue Christian.