Prep roundup: Wahluke loses district opener at Zillah, 84-43

by Herald Sports Staff
Herald Sports Staff | February 11, 2020 11:37 PM

ZILLAH — Wahluke lost its first postseason game to South Central Athletic Conference West champion Zillah 84-43.

The Leopards built a 27-9 lead after the first quarter and never relented.

The Warriors now face elimination when they travel to play Naches Valley in the consolation bracket on Friday.

Zillah advanced to the district semifinals and will host Royal, who beat Naches Valley 45-41 in the first round, also on Friday.

East Valley 75, Othello 39

WAPATO — The Huskies struggled to get things going on the road in their postseason opener as Othello’s season came to an end against East Valley 75-39. Othello had secured the final spot in the Central Washington Athletic Conference district tournament after taking down Wapato, 49-47, in a tiebreaker.

Junior Jaden Flores finished with 12 points and three assists for the Huskies, nailing four of six from deep. Patrick Azevedo, Jorge Buenrostro and Julian Alegria each finished with six points.

Othello head coach Roman Pruneda said the Huskies had one of their worst halves of basketball all season.

“This year we learned a lot, we just couldn’t put a full game together,” he said. “But I think it’s really going to help our younger guys, our freshmen, our sophomores, our juniors, in the long run.”

The third-year Huskies coach said he saw a lot of growth and good things out of his younger players this season. Pruneda has taken the Huskies to the postseason in two of his first three seasons in Othello.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline 77, Inchelium 34

COULEE CITY — Almira/Coulee-Hartline came out focused in its District 7 1B opener and beat Inchelium 77-34.

The Warriors led 22-6 after the first quarter and 45-18 at halftime.

Chase Gerard scored 16 points to lead four Warriors in double figures.

Girls basketball

Moses Lake Christian 58, Cascade Christian 22

WENATCHEE — Moses Lake Christian used balanced scoring to beat Cascade Christian 58-22.

The Lions improved to 10-1 in the Central Washington B league, inching closer to the league championship and No. 1 district seed.

Kali Kast almost outscored the Wolverines by herself, pouring in a game-high 18 points. Deana Gulenko had 10 points, Makiya Kast scored nine and Jocelyn Lloyd added eight.

Grandview 48, Ephrata 36

GRANDVIEW — Ephrata lost on the road to Grandview 48-36 and was eliminated from the postseason.