WARDEN Warden took a crucial first step in qualifying for the 1A Hardwood Classic.
Warden, ranked seventh in the RPI, beat Cle Elum/Roslyn 65-41 in its district tournament opener.
I was wondering if they were going to come out tight, head coach Josh Madsen said.
The Cougars certainly did not, jumping out to a 25-4 lead after one quarter. The first and third quarters were the difference, said Madsen.
A balanced scoring effort was led by senior Bailey Whitneys 17 points. Freshmen trio Kiana Rios, Rylee McKay and Jaryn Madsen combined for 42 points; Rios and McKay scored 16 apiece and Madsen had 10.
The energy level was awesome, Josh Madsen said.
The Cougars will play the winner of SCAC West No. 2 Granger and East No. 3 Royal in the semifinals on Saturday.
Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 54, Kettle Falls 49
WEST VALLEY Lind-Ritzville/Sprague held off a fourth-quarter rally from Kettle Falls and won 54-49.
The Broncos led by just two points at halftime of their first-round district game.
LRS will play No. 1 seed Colfax Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at West Valley (Spokane) High School.