Photo by Al Camp
Sierra McQuay of Republic, center, is surrounded by Emily Banks, left, and Kristen Broersma during 1B girls semifinal game Friday in Spokane.
As of Saturday, March 7, 2015
SPOKANE Republic’s comeback in a state 1B semifinal Friday came up short in the fourth quaWe rter against Sunnyside Christian.
The Tigers trailed 32-23 at the half then closed the gap to 43-40 after three quarters.
The Knights won the fourth 28-19.
“We were close,” Republic coach Ted Torzewski said of reaching the title game.
The Tigers in the first half found it difficult to get rebounds or get inside shots.
“They were quite a bit bigger than us,” Torzewski said. “Their size and a little of experience kind of ate us up.”
Republic takes on Neah Bay for the third- and fifth-place trophy at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
“We really wanted to do this (play for the title), said Shania Graham (12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals). “We’ve been working a long time for this (state). We have to play our best tomorrow and get third.”
Demi Jo Vaughn finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds while Lily Beckwith had 11 points for Republic.
Torzewski said the team will need to rebound better, block out better.
“I told the team it was a hell of a season,” Torzewski said. “They never quit today. Everybody is proud of them. We need to get up focused (Saturday) and get third. It’s always good to leave state a winner.”
Sunnyside Christian (71) – Harrington 2, Brouwer 30, Liefke 9, K. Banks 12, E. Banks 2, Broersma 16. Rebounds (37) – Broersma 10, E. Banks 7. Assists (12) – K. Banks 6, E. Banks 4. Steals (8) – Brouwer 3.
Republic (59) – C. Rittel 3, K. Rittel 1, Koepke 2, Vaughn 17, Beckwith 11, Bowe 5, Graham 12, McQuay 8. Rebounds (30) - Vaughn 6, Graham 5. Assists (9) – Bowe 5, Graham 3. Steals (6) - Bowe 2, Graham 2.