(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Inchelium now winners of 12 straight…
It was a Ferry County matchup in the regional round of the State 1B Girls Basketball Tournament at West Valley High School as Inchelium and Curlew faced off in a defensive slugfest. The Hornets would prevail 30-28 and earn a first round bye in this week’s State 1B Basketball Tournament at the Spokane Arena.
No. 2-seeded Inchelium and No. 7-seeded Curlew were knotted at ten apiece at halftime. This tight scoring would continue as Curlew pulled ahead 16-15 at the end of three.
Inchelium’s Mia Pakootas would prove key, as she scored 11 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter. The Hornets would pull ahead 30-28 and Curlew missed a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left.
The win improved Inchelium’s record to 21-2 on the year, while dropping Curlew to 18-7. The Hornets will get a first round bye and play the winner of No. 9-seeded Clallam Bay and No. 8 seeded Wellpinit on Thursday at 9 p.m..
Curlew will play in the first round on Wednesday, facing No. 15-seeded Naselle at 5:30 p.m.