ZILLAH The Leopards girls took full advantage of the home court last night, defeating rival Granger 77-31 and improving their undefeated record to 11-0 in league, 19-0 overall.
With just one game left in the schedule, 6 p.m. Friday at Highland, the Leopards have a secure spot as the No. 1 South Central Washington Athletic Conference-West seed to host the No. 4 seed from the South Central Washington Athletic Conference-East at 7 p.m. Feb. 8.
The Leopards surged to a 17-6 first quarter lead and didn’t look back.
In the second period, they outscored the Spartans 23-11 for a 40-17 halftime score.
In the second half, Zillah added 57 points to the tally, while the defense held Granger to 6 points in the third period and 8 in the final.
Four Leopards were in double digits last night, led by Samantha Bowman’s game high 17 points. She was 3-for-5 from the free throw line. The other 14 points were from inside.
Callie Delp scored 16, Abbie Myers tallied 14 and Kaia John scored 10. Delp scored 6 points from outside the 3-point arc.
None of the Spartans were able to break out of single digit scoring, struggling to sink their shots. Jayleen Vasquez and Sophie Blodgett each scored 8 points. Blodgett scored 6 of her points from treyland.
The team had just 8 opportunities from the charity stripe and was 50 percent.
The Spartans dropped the ball in the basket nine times from inside the paint, whereas the Leopards scored 29 short-range baskets.
Liberty Christian 48, Mabton 60
MABTON — The Vikings girls basketball team improved its record to 10-2 in conference, 14-4 overall with a 60-48 home victory against Liberty Christian last night.
The Vikings outscored the Patriots 24-6 in the opening quarter, and 13-10 in the second for a 37-16 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the visitors tried to climb out of the hole with a 15-12 scoring lead.
They continued to chip away at the lead in the final period, outscoring Mabton 17-11. But, it was too little, too late.
Liberty Christian’s Emma Reed scored a game high 26 points, while Britnee Guerrero of the Vikings tallied 25.
Contributing to her scoring efforts, Guerrero delivered on 4-of-7 3-pointers and was 3-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Reed was 8-for-8 inside the paint and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
The Vikings outrebounded the Patriots 27-22.
Mabton finishes its season with a 6 p.m. home game against DeSales on Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday game at Dayton.
Ellensburg 30, Prosser 53
PROSSER — The Mustangs girls basketball team defeated Ellensburg 53-30 last night.
The win, combined with Ephrata’s 52-45 defeat of East Valley (Yakima), places Prosser in position to secure a No. 2 seed at the District tournament.
To clinch the seed, the Mustangs must defeat Othello on Friday.
Last night they were led in scoring by Marissa Cortes and Brooke Wheeler with 11 points apiece.
Teammate Brandi Groeneveld tallied 10. Madison Golden was 4-for-6 from the free throw line.
The Mustangs outscored the Bulldogs 23-6 in the first quarter, were held to 6 points in the second, but recovered to outscore Ellensburg 13-8 and 11-7 in the third and fourth periods.
Yakama Tribal 36, Sunnyside Christian 66
SUNNYSIDE — The Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team concluded the regular season, defeating Yakama Tribal 66-36 last night.
Leading the Knights was Sailor Liefke with 25 points and 8 steals.
Teammate Emily Banks had a double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds; Alyssa Martin tallied 17 points and Jenna Andringa collected 14 rebounds.