Local hoops teams reach state semifinals

Sunnyside Christian boys and girls, and Mabton girls all advance

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— The three local teams competing in the state 1B/2B Hardwood Classic all advanced to the semifinals tomorrow in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

In 1B competition today, the Sunnyside Christian Knights girls dispatched the Tulalip Heritage Hawks, 65-31. They will take on the seven-time defending state champion Colton Wildcats at 7:15 p.m tomorrow.

Colton topped Almira/Coulee-Hartline, 68-46, this evening for a semifinals berth.

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Meanwhile, the Knights boys also won their state-opener, topping Garfield-Palouse, 64-56, this morning. They face the Neah Bay Red Devils at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Neah Bay advanced to the semifinals bay by knocking off Taholah, 72-63.

And in 2B competition, the Mabton Vikings girls survived a first-quarter scare and overcame a 19-point deficit to defeat Toutle Lake, 54-45, this afternoon. It's the Vikings first-ever win in state basketball.

The Vikings will face the defending state champion Okanogan Bulldogs tomorrow evening. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Okanogan cruised to an easy state-opening win earlier today, dunking the Adna Pirates, 49-29.

One other Yakima Valley area team has also reached the semifinals.

Yakama Nation Tribal boys downed Shorewood Christian, 59-49, today to advance cross-bracket from the Knights. Yakama Nation will play Almira/Coulee Hartline in their semifinal game tomorrow. The ACH boys edged Seattle Lutheran, 50-44, to reach the semifinal.

Sunnyside Christian boys will face with Yakama Nation or ACH in a trophy game on Saturday.

Full coverage of today's games are available in the Thursday and Friday print editions of the Daily Sun News.



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