SPOKANE — A month ago, Pee Wee Pleasants could never have envisioned this.
The Lake Roosevelt girls basketball team continued its magical postseason run on Thursday, clinching a berth in the Class 2B state semifinals with an emphatic 50-30 victory over Adna at the Spokane Arena.
Since a last-second loss to White Swan in the district tournament in Wenatchee on Feb. 16, the Raiders have won five in a row and have just three defeats since Christmas.
“Last month, no way, but two weeks ago I could see it,” Pleasants said, of his team being a win away from the state championship game. “I knew this is where this team could be.”
Lake Roosevelt battles Toutle Lake, which knocked off Brewster Thursday, in the state semifinals Friday evening.
After a close first quarter, Lake Roosevelt systematically dissected Adna’s zone and widened its lead until both coaches emptied their benches with three minutes to go.
The Raiders benefited from a horrific shooting night from the Pirates, who made just nine of 55 field goal attempts in the game for a 16.4 percentage.
Both coaches said the game swung towards Lake Roosevelt when Adna guard Jordan Sandrini picked up her third foul early in the second quarter, forcing her to the bench for the rest of the half.
The Raiders promptly went on a 10-2 run after Sandrini sat down, and things got worse for the Pirates when she was whistled for her fourth foul with 7:21 left in the third quarter.
“We made a point of attacking (Sandrini), even from the start,” Pleasants said. “We saw on film that even though No. 11 (Taylor Hoke) was their leading scorer, (Sandrini) was their best ballhandler.”
Pleasants’ game plan was right on point.
“We lost a lot of our effectiveness when Jordan went out,” Adna coach Jeff Beasley said. “She’s the glue to our team. Everything changed dramatically from that point.”
Briana Monaghan led Lake Roosevelt with 18 points on 9-for-14 shooting, and feasted on mid-range jumpers after Jada Desautel and Dominique Pleasants collapsed Adna’s zone with dribble penetration.
Hailey Chaney, a 3-point per game scorer entering the postseason, had 10 points almost exclusively off weak-side putbacks.
“We weren’t surprised by those two,” Pleasants said. “We knew they’d be open in the soft spots.”
Pleasants is pushing all the right buttons with this Raiders team, and a chance at a championship is just 32 minutes away.