Shorecrest girls will play Lynden Saturday for the 2A State Championship

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Shorecrest girls basketball team will play Lynden for the 2A State Championship Saturday at 5pm in the Yakima Sun Dome.

The Scots defeated East Valley (Spokane) 58-41 in the semi-finals, leading wire-to-wire in the process.

Balanced scoring from their Big Three was, once again, the recipe for success for the Scots.

Uju Chibuogwu scored 15 despite a cold shooting game (6-21), while fellow senior Wurrie Njadoe also had 15, and sophomore Julia Strand had 14. Aside from Njadoe's 7-for-16 shooting, it was an off-night shooting-wise for Shorecrest, as they were only 17-for-64 (27%) from the field, 2-for-10 from outside the arc.

The Scots raced off to a 9 point lead after the first quarter, and led by 15 at the half. But the Knights came out charging to start the second half, running off seven unanswered points to nearly halve Shorecrest's lead as the Scots' shooting turned cold. The Knights continued to nip at the Scots' heels until midway in the fourth quarter when a Technical Foul cost E. Valley four straight points.

The Scots (17-10) will face the Lynden Lions (23-3) Saturday at 5pm. The two teams met on Presidents' Day in the District semi-finals, with the Lions emerging victorious 52-45 in a game that saw the Scots plagued with foul trouble.

Much more will be at stake Saturday night.

East Valley - Spokane       5     7     20     9     41
Shorecrest                        14   13    12    19    58

--Frank Workman


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