SULTAN — Even on the bus ride home, Cashmere coach Keith Boyd was not 100 percent sure his team’s game was actually over.
“It seems like it’s still in the air,” Boyd said, exaggerating how long Sultan’s high-arcing, potential-game-winning shot took to hit the rim and bounce out. “It hung in the air a long time, but we got the last rebound and time ran out.”
The Bulldogs won the see-saw, non-league contest 65-64, prevailing in a game in which the lead changed hands at the end of every quarter.
“They got out on us early, but we battled back and then just kind of went back and forth,” said Boyd, whose team trailed 21-14 after one quarter but led 36-33 at halftime.
“They had a shot at the end. We were just trying to keep it out of (Theo VandenEkart’s) hands,” Boyd said. “They had somebody take the shot at the end that we were okay with.”
Theo and Brock VandenEkart combined to score 46 of Sultan’s 64 points.
Point guard Jamie Bruno fouled out midway through the fourth quarter and Pateros was not able to hold on without her. They gave up 20 points in the fourth and lost to Kittitas 45-42.
The Manson girls shot 12-for-63 (19 percent) from the field and 2-for-16 (12.5 percent) from the free throw line, but it was still enough to beat Waterville 26-18.
Omak shut out Soap Lake in the second quarter on the way to its 59-17 victory, and Cashmere did the same to Sultan in the third en route to its 65-31 win.
Entiat nearly shut Bridgeport out for the entire second half, holding the Fillies to two second-half points in a 55-10 victory.
Carrying the load
Jason Korneychuk and David Coreas combined for 41 points and 19 rebounds for Soap Lake in the Eagles’ 62-47 loss to Omak.
Blayne Harvey and Ryland Easter went a combined 8-for-9 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to help Pateros stave off Kittitas.
Post player Tyler Harrod scored a career-high 25 points in Cascade’s 50-44 loss to Sumner.
Chelan had five players in double figures — three with 10 points each and two with 14 points apiece — in their 63-59 win over Life Christian of Tacoma.
Meanwhile, the Goats couldn’t manage any double-digit scorers in a 47-19 loss to Class 4A Emerald Ridge at the Northwest All-Stars Shootout in Lakewood. Chelan went 1-for-23 from the field in the second half.
The Tonasket boys improved to 7-0 with a 31-point win at Liberty Bell.