Basin roundup: ACH girls overcome slow start, advance to state quarters

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Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Almira/Coulee-Hartline forward Gabi Isaak (25) works against Sunnyside Christian defender Abby Bravo Friday at Cheney High School.

CHENEY — In a word, Almira/Coulee-Hartline (ACH) looked discombobulated.

The third-ranked team in the state could not solve Sunnyside Christian’s 2-2-1 press in the first half. Unforced turnovers and errant shots from the Warriors helped the Knights build a 15-6 lead in the second quarter. However, ACH regained its composure to outscore Sunnyside Christian by 12 points in the third quarter and won 48-38.

The win propelled ACH into the state quarterfinals where they will meet either Naselle or Mount Vernon Christian on Thursday, 12:15 p.m., at the Spokane Arena.

Against Sunnyside Christian, Gabi Isaak bounced back from a slow first quarter to finish with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Isaak was held scoreless in the first quarter, but sparked a second-quarter run that allowed the Warriors to draw within two points at halftime.

Sarah Bradshaw had 13 points and Mimi Isaak added eight.

Boys basketball

Almira/Coulee-Hartline 60, Odessa 52

CHENEY — The back and forth nature of Almira/Coulee-Hartline (ACH) versus Odessa continued Friday in the regional round of the Class 1B state tournament.

Less than a week removed from losing the District 7 championship on a buzzer-beating tip-in, ACH outplayed Odessa in the second half Friday to win 60-52 and advance to the state quarterfinals.

The Warriors trailed 30-25 at half before outscoring the Tigers 35-22 over the next 16 minutes.

Maguire Isaak scored a team-high 23 points and Chase Gerard chipped in 11. Ryan Moffett led Odessa with 26 points.

ACH will wait to face the winner of Garfield-Palouse and Naselle in a state second-round game Thursday, 9 p.m., at the Spokane Arena. Odessa plays Neah Bay in a loser-out game Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball

Big Bend 109, Blue Mountain 82

PENDELTON, Ore. — Koby Huerta erupted for 28 points and Big Bend cruised by Blue Mountain 109-82.

The Runnin’ Vikes (8-7, 18-8) led by 17 at halftime. Huerta’s 28 led six Vikes in double figures. Mauricio Smith had 21 and Joey Andrews scored 18.

Big Bend can reach the NWAC Tournament with a win at Walla Walla on Wednesday. The Runnin’ Vikes hold a one-game lead over Treasure Valley for the final playoff spot.

The Vikes and the Chukars split during the regular season. Treasure Valley finishes its regular season against East cellar-dweller Columbia Basin.

Women’s basketball

Big Bend 75, Blue Mountain 58

PENDLETON, Ore. — Big Bend remained first in the NWAC East after routing Blue Mountain 75-58.

The Vikings led 22-4 after one quarter and 48-22 at halftime.

Sophomore guard Miranda Johnson scored a team-high 14 points. Better yet, Big Bend (13-2, 24-4) got a lift from the reserves who scored 30 points. Brynn Brown led all bench players with 12 points.

Big Bend closes its regular season at Walla Walla on Wednesday. A win would clinch an outright NWAC East Region championship.

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