WENATCHEE — The Entiat girls basketball team made the fifth-ranked Brewster Bears sweat for a little while on Wednesday night, which is more than most teams can say this season.
Entiat led the Bears by three after a spurt to begin the second quarter, but Brewster regrouped and went on to thump the ninth-ranked Tigers 74-43 in a Class 2B district semifinal game at Wenatchee.
Brewster coach Randy Phillips said his team was “disjointed and discombobulated” early in this one, and the Tigers had little problem breaking the Bears’ vaunted press.
Brewster’s issues turned out to be short-lived.
“We made some changes and did some things that people haven’t seen before,” Phillips said.
The Bears finished the first half on a 9-2 run to go up 36-25 at the break and cruised from there.
“We got a little complacent and didn’t think about their quickness and size,” Entiat coach Bill Edwardson said of his Tigers, who will play Oroville on Friday in an elimination game.
“We’ve struggled this year when good teams make a run at us, and Brewster just took off.”
Brewster’s Becky Mae Taylor led all scorers with 31 points, and did a sterling defensive job on Entiat guard Mandy Southard, holding her to just seven points.
White Swan 43, Lake Roosevelt 41
Brewster will play No. 8-ranked White Swan for the district championship on Saturday, after the Cougars needed a pair of game-clinching free throws from Amber Jones with 1.4 seconds left to thwart the upset-minded Raiders.
White Swan led throughout but Lake Roosevelt chipped away, taking its first lead with 5:38 to go in the fourth.
With the game tied at 41 with 11.5 seconds to go, Lake Roosevelt’s Dominique Pleasants missed two free throws, leaving the door open for White Swan.
Jones, who led the Cougars with 16 points in the game, sank her two shots from the stripe to let her team off the hook.
“A lot of people were expecting us to get blown out,” Raiders coach Pee Wee Pleasants said. “We showed that we can play, and we just have to take care of business on Friday.”
The Raiders will play Riverside Christian in an elimination game on Friday.
Riverside Christian 57, Pateros 47
The Nannies made a run at Riverside Christian in the second half, but a pair of their starters fouled out and the Crusaders hung on.
Kendra Staymates scored 20 points and Breezy Byrne added 15 as the Crusaders knocked Pateros out of the tournament.
Lorrie Mattson scored 17 points for the Nannies.
“They have a lot of weapons. We played them tough, but some missed assignments put a nail in our coffin,” said Pateros coach Sheri Mortimer.
Oroville 39, Kittitas 34
The Hornets came back from a four-point halftime deficit, outscoring Kittitas 14-7 in the fourth quarter.
“In the second half we went to a modified triangle-and-two (defense), and it paid off,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn.
Taylor Sarmiento scored 14 points and shot 4 for 5 from the free-throw line in the final frame for Oroville.
Dakota Adams scored 11 points for the Coyotes, who were eliminated with the loss.
Class 2B boys districts
Brewster 54, White Swan 50
In a stunning reversal, Brewster erased a 15-point halftime deficit to shock No. 2-ranked White Swan to advance to Saturday’s district championship game.
The Cougars were cruising in the first half, powered by Lawrence Fiander’s 20 points, but didn’t show up for the third and fourth quarters.
“We went away from everything we did to get that lead,” said White Swan coach Manuel Rangel.
The Bears chipped to within eight after the third quarter and took the lead on a jumper by Stockton Taylor with 1:49 to go.
“I told the boys at halftime that you’re never out of it,” said Brewster coach Dwight Pflugrath. “They were killing us on the offensive boards in the first half, and we did a better job of limiting them that way.”
Brewster will play No. 5-ranked Lake Roosevelt in Saturday’s championship game.
Lake Roosevelt 50, Riverside Christian 36
The Raiders exercised deft control of the tempo all game, at both the helter-skelter pace of the first half and the grinding slugfest later against the Crusaders.
Lake Roosevelt suffocated Riverside Christian with its 2-3 zone, and got 15 points from Brandon Kohler and 13 from Ty Egbert in the win.
“It was the first tight game we’ve had in a while, and I think it was good for us,” Raiders coach Brad Wilson said.
Kittitas 66, Oroville 62 (OT)
The Hornets missed a shot that would have given them the win at the end of regulation, then couldn’t convert at the charity stripe in overtime.
“We missed free throws. That’s the bottom line. We did against White Swan (Monday) and did it again tonight,” said Oroville coach Carl Iverson.
Preston Iverson scored 24 points for Oroville, while Laker Brooks scored 21 points to lead three Coyotes in double figures.
The loss eliminates the Hornets from the tournament.
Pateros 57, Warden 44
The Billygoats took advantage of a technical foul called on Warden coach Wes Richins with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, stemming the Cougars’ comeback bid.
Pateros led by eight at the half, but saw that advantage dwindle to five.
“We hit 1 of 2 of the technical free throws, got the ball back and scored,” Pateros coach Mike Hull said.
Blayne Harvey paced the Goats with 21, and will try to help his team get past White Swan on Friday.
Class 1B girls districts at Kittitas
CCA 34, Thorp 22
Maddie Miller scored 12 points, and five other Wolverines got into the scoring column as they avoided elimination in Tuesday’s game at Kittitas.
Statistics were not reported to The World until Wednesday afternoon by CCA.
CCA plays another elimination game at 5 p.m. today against Wilson Creek in Kittitas. The winner will play Moses Lake Christian Academy for the district championship.