SPOKANE — Almira/Coulee-Hartline senior Gabi Isaak came down the floor to the offensive end where her bench was and made eye contact with head coach Mike Correia.
As a four-year starter, Isaak and Correia have been to the mat together. They were a part of the ACH team that ended Colton’s eight-time Class 1B state girls basketball streak in 2017. They were together for a title run in 2018. They’d traversed the byways and highways of Washington state. They’d seen a few things together over the past four years.
The Warriors senior looked to over the Correia as he knelt in front of the bench. Whatever she was expecting, she didn’t get when Correia extended his arms, palms to the ceiling insinuating, I don’t know.
The reaction to that little exchange in fourth quarter of Saturday’s game for third place at the 1B Hardwood Classic caused Correia to laugh out loud.
They didn’t have an answer to Neah Bay’s perimeter game, which had just produced three straight 3-point field goals, and they both knew where 3-pointers matched by two-point goals was headed.
Neah Bay shot 40 percent (8 of 20) from 3-point range and scored 26 points in the final eight minutes to beat ACH 67-56 to place third in the 2018-19 1B Hardwood Classic at the Spokane Arena.
Isaak had one of her most complete games of the season, ending her high school career 6 of 14 from the floor and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line for a game-high 22 points. She also had 13 defensive rebounds alone to finish with 19 boards on the day.
Sarah Bradshaw scored 13 points in the final game of her high school career and Mimi Isaak added 12 for the Warriors, who shot 34.7 percent (17 of 49) from the floor and were just 1 of 14 from 3-point range.
Neah Bay 12 15 14 26 - 67
ACH 12 9 15 20 - 56
Neah Bay - Courtney Swan 13, Laila Greene 9, Oceanna Aguirre 4, Cei J Gagnon 12, Ruth Moss 8, Shilaily Woodruff 1, Shaiyann Cummins 4, Patience Swan 16. Totals: 29-72 17-24 67
ACH - Sarah Bradshaw 13, Gabi Isaak 22, Makenna Oliver 5, Mimi Isaak 12, Maddie Murray 2, Austyn Kenney 2. Totals: 18-63 21-24 56