WENATCHEE — Wednesday’s tears were replaced by smiles Friday for the Lake Roosevelt girls basketball team.
Two days after losing a heart-breaker to White Swan, the Raiders rebounded for a 47-39 victory over Riverside Christian to clinch a state tournament berth.
“In the locker room after the game (Wednesday) they cried,” Raiders coach Wallace Pleasants said. “But we talked to them, told them we were proud of them and to stay in it. The next day at practice, they were good.”
The Raiders started fast Friday to build a 26-14 halftime lead, but the Crusaders rallied to make a game of it.
With her team’s lead down to seven to start the fourth, Dominique Pleasants took over. She scored all but one of her team’s fourth-quarter field goals, including back-to-back buckets after Riverside Christian had crept to within six.
Pleasants finished with 21 points, and Jada Desautel was also in double figures for the Raiders with 11.
Entiat 45, Oroville 34
The Hornets held high-scoring Entiat guard Mandy Southard to just eight points, but fellow captain Micaiah Hodge torched them for 20 points in the elimination game. Hodge hit a pair of 3-pointers and was 6 for 6 from the free throw line as the Tigers earned a state tournament berth with the victory.
The Tigers started slowly, scoring just five points in the first period. But that changed in a hurry in the second quarter, when the Tigers outscored the Hornets 23-6 to seize control.
Kelsey Hughes paced Oroville with 11.
Boys district games
White Swan 71, Pateros 41
The game was close after one quarter — White Swan led 14-11 — but got out of hand in a hurry after that for the Billygoats. White Swan led 33-20 at the half and 59-27 after three.
The Cougars clinch a trip to state with the win, while the Billygoats are out.
Riverside Christian 61, Kittitas 38
The Crusaders stayed alive and ended the Coyotes’ season.