SPORTS: Neah Bay girls basketball team a win away from reaching state tournament; other girls basketball playoff reports

JOYCE — The Neah Bay girls basketball team has been here before.

The Red Devils turned in another dominant performance, beating Tulalip Heritage 68-33 in the first round of the Class 1B Tri-District tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Now they are one win away from reaching the state tournament — at least the regional round — for the fifth straight year.

Cierra Moss shot 5 of 11 from the field on the way to a game-high 19 points while Rebecca Thompson added 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting in a Red Devil blowout victory.

Neah Bay jumped out to a 34-13 halftime lead and never looked back as it clinched a spot in Tuesday night’s Tri-District semifinal against Northwest Yeshiva.

The game will be played at Mount Rainier Lutheran in Tacoma on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Neah Bay 68, Tulalip Heritage 33

Tulalip Heritage 5 8 14 6 — 33

Neah Bay 16 18 11 23 — 68

Individual Scoring

Tulalip Heritage (33)

Enick 11, Jimicum 1, B. Jones 2, Pierre 6. A. Jones 6, Hatch 2, Fryberg 5.

Neah Bay (68)

Thompson 16, Murner 5, Tyler 5, Winck 8, Ch. Moss 9, Ci. Moss 19, Allen 6.

Cedar Park Chr. 48, Port Townsend 41

PORT TOWNSEND — A slow start and a big night from Eagle post Rachel Staudacher ended up being too much for the Redskins in Saturday night’s 1B Tri-District loser-out game.

Staudacher drained 12 of 19 free throws on her way to 29 points as the Eagles raced out to a 10-4 first-quarter lead then held the Redskins (10-12) at bay the rest of the night.

“The girls played their butts off,” Redskins coach Randy Maag said. “They gave it everything they had.

“We had it. We were right there. We just couldn’t make a shot at the end.”

Senior Bella Fox led the Redskins with 15 points in what turned out to be the final game of her high school career. Fellow senior Kerri Evalt added nine points.

But a sizeable free-throw disparity (31-19 in favor of Cedar Park) and hard-luck shooting down the stretch kept the Redskins from extending their season.

“I thought we had a great season. We really did,” said Maag, who loses four seniors (Evalt, Fox, Caroline Dowdle and Lydia Young) from this year’s team.

“I have zero regrets, not a single one. Just a fantastic group of kids.”

Cedar Park 48, Port Townsend 41

Port Townsend 4 16 11 10 — 41

Cedar Park 10 14 12 12 — 48

Individual Scoring

Port Townsend (41)

Johnson 4, Evalt 9, Maag 6, Dowdle 5, Fox 15, Hossack 2.

Cedar Park Christian (48)

Staudacher 29, Rashick 5, Goodnight 3, Halverson 11.

Port Angeles 59, Foster 38

TUKWILA — The Roughriders snapped a three-year postseason losing streak with a seeding victory over Foster in sub-district action Saturday.

“The girls are really excited with this win,” Port Angeles coach Mike Knowles said. “We took care of the ball and it paid off.”

Leading the offensive charge for the Roughriders was Jessica Madison with 36 points, 18 of which came in a 23-12 Rider fourth quarter.

Taylyn Jeffers dominated the boards with 14 rebounds.

Only ahead by one point at the end of the first quarter, the Riders turned up the heat to pull away at the half and earn a No. 3 seed into the 2A Bi-District.

The win broke an eight-game losing streak in postseason play dating back to the 2007-08 season.

Port Angeles, which gets a bye as a third seed, next plays Thursday at Foss High School at 6 p.m. in Tacoma for a chance at a state berth.

Port Angeles 59, Foster 38

Port Angeles 7 15 14 23 — 59

Foster 6 8 12 12 — 38

Sequim splits pair

SUMNER –The Wolves split a pair of playoff games over the weekend to advance to Bi-District play Tuesday.

Sequim won the most important game, beating Renton 49-39 in a loser-out game Friday at Sumner High School.

The Wolves turned around and lost a seeding game to Fife 63-54 on Saturday.

Sequim now starts double-elimination play at Foss High School in Tacoma on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against the Saturday-night loser between Olympic and Eatonville.

Results were not available late Saturday night.

The Fife game was closer than the score indicates.

“It was neck-and-neck the whole game until the end when we had to foul,” Sequim coach Stephanie Lewis said.

“We played an amazing defensive game. It was a great game for us.”

It was tied 54-54 late in the game when Fife started making trips to the charity stripe.

Lea Hopson had a team-high 20 points for the Wolves while Haleigh Harrison added 15.

Northwest Yeshiva 52, Quilcene 29

TACOMA — The Rangers dropped their first round game in the 1B Tri-District on Saturday.

Details of the game were not reported as of press time.

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