Thursday, March 3, 2016
By Frank Workman
Both Shorecrest teams won their opening round games at the State Tournament Thursday and will play in the semi-finals Friday.
But before that happened.....
Wednesday morning a pair of buses arrived outside the gym at Shorecrest High School.
They were destined for Yakima and the 2A State Basketball Tournament.
Their occupants, the boys and girls basketball teams from Shorecrest, could only dream about what their destinies would hold during the 3-day tournament being held at the Sun Dome, in the 'Palm Springs of the Northwest'.
Giddy girls giggled while boys tried their best to maintain a stoic demeanor, as if going to State was no big deal.
It must have been a smooth ride for the girls, as they woke up early Thursday morning to open the tournament at 9am against Washougal, and the Scots ran away and hid from the Panthers 59-42.
Sophomore Julia Strand led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds, and senior Uju Chibuogwu scored 15 points to go along with a game-high 9 rebounds.
The Scots will take their 16-10 season record into the State semi-finals Friday night against East Valley of Spokane. Game time is slated for 3:45. The Knights are 21-3, following their opening round 57-50 win over Anacortes.
Shorecrest 11 14 20 14 59
Washougal 7 9 11 15 42
The Shorecrest boys took the court in Yakima Thursday night with one thought in mind.
After playing two lousy opening halves in their last two games (the District championship game against Squalicum, and last week's Regional win over Steilacoom), they were determined to come out fast against River Ridge, and their game plan worked perfectly, as the Scots raced to a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and defeated River Ridge 69-59.
6' 7" sophomore Philip Pepple was sensational for Shorecrest, scoring 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting from the field. Junior Malcolm Rosier-Butler added 21, including 4-for-5 from three-point range.
Of a concern to Coach Brian Fischer and his squad was abysmal free throw shooting, as the Scots were a paltry 17-for-34 from the stripe.
The Scots (18-8) will face the winner of Thursday's final game in Yakima, between Ellensburg and Tumwater, at 9pm.
River Ridge 5 19 17 18 59
Shorecrest 15 10 21 23 69