Taholah girls fall in state opener

SPOKANE — By dominating the second and third quarters, Mount Vernon Christian’s Hurricanes blew away Taholah’s girls on Thursday.

Outscoring the Chitwhins 41-14 in the middle two periods, Mount Vernon Christian rolled to a 60-37 victory in the state Class 1B girls basketball tournament quarterfinals at the Spokane Arena.

The Chitwhins (13-3) will face Neah Bay at 12:15 p.m. today. The winner will clinch a state trophy and play for fifth and sixth places on Saturday. The loser is eliminated.

Taholah was competitive for one quarter on Thursday, trailing 13-9 at the first break. But the Hurricanes emphatically took control after that, leading 30-13 at the half and 54-23 after three periods.

Chitwhin post Nichole Hidalgo sat out most of the second period in foul trouble. The Hurricanes, shooting well from the perimeter, took advantage of Taholah’s lack of depth.

“Exactly what I feared happened,” Taholah coach Freida Waugh said. “The girls just ran out of wind (in the second quarter). We had some good looks but didn’t get the shots. Maybe it was the nerves of being at the state tournament.”

Grace Kuipers scored 14 points, while Carla van Rooyen added 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead Mount Vernon Christian.

Trish Charley and Nichole Hidalgo provided most of the firepower for Taholah. Charley tallied 14 points, while Hidalgo added 11.

Mount Vernon Christian will take on Tekoa-Oakesdale in tonight’s semifinals.

Taholah 9 4 10 14 — 37

Mt. Vernon Christian 13 17 24 6 — 60

Taholah (37) — James 4, Walther 3, Waugh, Logan, Charley 14, Cheney 5, Hidalgo 11.

Mount Vernon Christian (60) — Sakuma 8, Anderson, Lervick 6, Taylor, Camacho, Case 9, Whitener 2, Kuipersw 14, van Rooyen 13, Noste 6, Lucas 2.


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