State basketball: Area teams lose games in Yakima

Columbia River’s boys, King’s Way Christian boys and La Center girls all lose quarterfinal games Thursday

Clark County teams went 0-3 at their respective state tournaments Thursday at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Columbia River’s boys were defeated by Lynden in the Class 2A tournament, King’s Way Christian’s boys lost to Lynden Christian and La Center’s girls dropped their game to Medical Lake.

All three teams are still alive for a trophy, however, and each will be back in action Friday. Each team will have to win Friday to advance to the final day of the tournament.

Here’s a look at Thursday’s games:

Class 2A boys

Lynden 44, Columbia River 33

Columbia River led perennial power Lynden 24-21 at halftime. The Chieftains, who made nine of their 20 shots (45 percent) from the field in first half, went cold in the final two quarters, making just 3 of their 17 shots (17.6 percent) in the second half, when they scored just nine total points.

Columbia River, now 20-6 on the season, will play Renton in a loser out game Friday at 12:15 p.m.

Jacob Hjort had 16 points to lead the Chieftains. Hjort also had three rebounds, two assists and two steals while playing all 32 minutes. He made five of his 12 shots from the field, including three of his eight attempts from behind the 3-point line, and was three-for-four at the free throw line.

 

Columbia River’s Jacob Hjort (12), shown here in a game earlier this season, had 16 points to lead the Chieftains in a Thursday loss to Lynden at the Class 2A state basketball tournament at the Yakima SunDome. Photo by Mike Schultz
Columbia River’s Jacob Hjort (12), shown here in a game earlier this season, had 16 points to lead the Chieftains in a Thursday loss to Lynden at the Class 2A state basketball tournament at the Yakima SunDome. Photo by Mike Schultz

 

Caden Dezort and Nasseen Gutierrez each had six points for Columbia River.

Class 1A boys

Lynden Christian 87, King’s Way 63

King’s Way Christian jumped out to a 22-17 lead after the first quarter but the Knights were outscored 70-41 in the final three quarters of their quarterfinal game Thursday at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

The loss will send King’s Way into a loser out game against Royal at 9 a.m. Friday.

Khalfani Cason led King’s Way with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the loss to Lynden Christian. Cason made nine of his 15 shots from the field, including six of his 10 attempts from behind the 3-point line.

Brady Metz added 14 points for the Knights, who fell to the tournament’s No. 1 seed. Metz made four of his five attempts from 3-point range.

Kobi Cason and Gage Koenders each added nine points for King’s Way Christian.

Class 1A girls

Medical Lake 45, La Center 31

A short-handed La Center team struggled to find the bottom of the net Thursday and the result was a loss to Medical Lake in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

The Wildcats will meet Lakeside (9-mile) at 12:15 p.m. Friday in a loser-out game.

La Center converted on just 10 of its 44 shots (22.7 percent) from the field in the loss to Medical Lake. The Wildcats struggled the most in the second half when they made just three of 21 shots (14.3 percent).

Despite its struggles scoring, La Center led Medical Lake 28-22 heading into the final eight minutes of play. In that fateful fourth quarter, the Wildcats were outscored 23-3.

La Center was playing without Molly Edwards, who was injured after scoring 22 points (seven made 3-pointers) in Wednesday’s win over Freeman.

Taylor Stephens led La Center with 13 points. Taylor Mills and Alyssa McKnight each had nine rebounds for the Wildcats, now 22-3 on the season.

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