Knights top Oakesdale

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Sunnyside Christian’s Sailor Liefke drives past Oakesdale’s Logan Reed.

— The No. 9 Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team chopped down No. 2 Oakesdale, 51-49, in a state 1B quarterfinal game yesterday at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Knights charge into the semifinals against No. 3 Republic at 5:30 p.m. today.

“Every jump ball, every loose ball seemed to be theirs in the last minute and a half,” Sunnyside coach Al Smeenk said. “They are a good team, and very, very physical.”

The game was tied twice before Sunnyside jumped out to an 11-point lead, 19-8, on a jumper by Sailor Liefke (23 points) with 3:58 left in the first.

“I knew it would be a tough game,” Liefke said. “I just kept driving. We needed to get those points on the board.”

The Nighthawks closed the gap to 23-20 by halftime and led 35-34 after three.

The eighth tie in the game came at 44-all with 2:39 left when Emily Banks (6 points) hit a free throw.

A long 2-pointer near the top of the key by Liefke followed by baseline drive and layup by Alyssa Martin (10 points) pushed the Knights to a 50-47 lead with 1:12 to go. Oakesdale’s Logan Reed hit two free throws with :59 on the clock to get to one, 50-49.

The pivotal moment came with 11.2 seconds left when Jacey Johnson (12 points) missed both free throws. There was a scramble on the inbounds with Oakesdale calling time with 6.1 to go.

Another loose ball turned into a jump ball to Sunnyside. Lizzy Perry then fouled Liefke on the inbounds. Liefke made one of the two free throws for the final score.



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