OMAK — The Caribou Trail League dominated the Northeast A League in the bi-district basketball tournaments.
CTL teams lost just one game to NEA squads during the course of the tourney, which began last weekend in Spokane and concluded Friday and Saturday in Omak and Okanogan.
On Saturday, the Okanogan girls and Cashmere boys clinched the districts’ last two berths to the state tournament’s regional round with victories, while the Brewster girls and Okanogan boys claimed bi-district championships and top state regional seeds.
Cashmere 74, Chewelah 47
Cashmere won its third straight bi-district loser-out game in blowout fashion, crushing Chewelah to clinch a state berth for the third straight year.
Coleman McElroy had 25 points, and Dylan Boyd scored 16 of his 22 points in the Bulldogs’ 30-point second quarter.
“We put ourselves in a tough situation, and we responded,” said Cashmere coach Keith Boyd. “We’re doing all the right things at the right time, and the kids are confident.”
Cashmere will take on Zillah or Granger on Saturday in Yakima.
Okanogan 57, Brewster 44
Okanogan took a 20-9 lead after the first quarter, saw its advantage cut to five in the third quarter, but opened it back out to 20 points en route to a win over Brewster.
Justin Rivas had 21 points for Okanogan, while the Bears were led by Timbo Taylor’s 14 points.
Okanogan will play Columbia-Burbank, and Brewster will take on District 5’s No. 2 seed on Saturday in Spokane.
Okanogan 56, Cashmere 46
Okanogan outscored Cashmere 27-16 in the fourth quarter despite not having its leading scorer Kara Staggs, who has been dealing with a knee injury during the past two weeks. Staggs exited the contest midway through the third quarter and didn’t return.
Janice Romero had 16 points for Okanogan, while Vanessa VanderWeide had 13 and Caitlyn Behymer added 10. Nine of Romero’s points came in the fourth quarter, and VanderWeide scored seven of her points in the final eight minutes.
“Megan Parks played great in the second half running the offense with Kara out,” said Okanogan coach Bryan Boesel. “Caitlyn had three our four people around her, but she did a good job of kicking out. It was a big team effort. We talked about how defense wins championships, and the kids took that to heart in the second half and shut Cashmere down.”
Okanogan will play Zillah on Friday in Yakima.
Brewster 67, Chelan 45
Brewster avenged its only loss of the season with a win over Chelan.
Monica Landdeck led the Bears with 23 points, and Chandler Smith added 19. Abby Phelps and Courtney Dietrich had 10 points apiece for the Goats.
Both teams will head to the state regional round. Brewster will take on LaSalle, with Chelan playing Columbia-Burbank. Both games will be in Spokane on Friday.
MLCA 34, Entiat 29
Moses Lake Christian Academy staved off a furious Entiat rally to hold on for the second spot to the state regional round from the 1B tournament.
“We lost to them by 24 on Tuesday,” said Tigers coach Bill Edwardson. “To turn around and give ourselvs a chance to win (Saturday’s game) was a great job by the girls.”