Taholah girls knocked out of state tourney


SPOKANE — A record-setting Neah Bay performance sent Taholah’s girls home.

Cierra Moss poured through a tournament-record 40 points as the Red Devils eliminated the Chitwhins, 72-40, in the state Class 1B girls basketball tournament on Friday at the Spokane Arena.

The Chitwhins concluded their season with a 13-4 record.

Taholah had dropped its tournament opener on Thursday to Mount Vernon Christian, 60-37.

A 5-foot-7 senior, Moss made 13 of 21 field-goal attempts Friday. She was 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

Taholah, meanwhile, shot only 21 percent from the field. The Chitwhins rebounded well, frequently launching three or four shots per possession, but were unable to convert the putback attempts.

The Chitwhins opened the game by shooting two free throws, as Neah Bay was assessed a technical foul for some type of pre-game violation. Trish Charley made both foul shots, but that proved to be Taholah’s only lead.

Neah Bay led 13-4 after one quarter. Charley helped rally the Chitwhins to within seven points on a couple of occasions in the second period, but the Red Devils erupted late in the quarter for a 34-13 halftime lead.

Charley finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Chitwhin post Nichole Hidalgo added 13 points — nine of those in the second half — and 10 boards.

Taholah assistant coach Donald Waugh praised the Chitwhins for their effort and noted that the young team gained valuable experience at state.

Hurricanes 60, Chitwhins 37

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.

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 head 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.

Charley and 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.

Bill Grigsby contributed to this story

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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, Kuipers 14, van Rooyen 13, Noste 6, Lucas 2.

Neah Bay13211325—72 Taholah491512—40

Neah Bay (72) — Moss 40, Chartaw 14, Hailey Greene 9, Holly Greene 3, McCaulley 2, Aguirre 2. FG — 25-68 (.368). FT — 14-19.

Taholah (40) — Charley 16, Hidalgo 13, James 6, Walther 3, Cheney 2, Logan, Waugh. FG — 16-75 (.213). FT — 5-11.

 

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