First, heartiest congratulations to Davis’ girls on their CBBN district championship win Saturday night at Moses Lake.
Having staffed the Pirates’ semifinal win over Eastmont earlier last week, I mentioned to coach Erin Smith that her players could take a nothing-to-lose mentality to Moses Lake since the Chiefs had won the league by four games.
Smith then informed me that Moses Lake’s lone league loss had been administered by ... Davis.
“So then they know they can beat them,” I said.
To which Smith responded, “I just hope they can remember that far back.”
Davis’ win over the Chiefs had come on Dec. 14.
So now the Pirates have two wins over the Chiefs, a district title and a berth in regional play.
Davis’ postseason surge underscores the importance of postseason play and why tournaments are held in the first place. The idea is to reward the team that’s playing best at the end of the season, not the beginning or the middle.
Again, Pirates, congrats.
Tournament seeds at stake for YVCC men, women
With a single regular-season game left Wednesday night at Spokane, the postseason scenario is very simple for Yakima Valley’s men and women.
If the men win, they’ll finish second outright in the East Region and take the No. 2 seed into the NWAACC tournament that runs March 2-5 in Kennewick.
If YVCC’s women win, they’ll claim the No. 3 spot outright. Both teams are presently tied with Spokane (men for second, women for third).
On Jan. 12 in Sherar Gym, YVCC’s men beat Spokane 110-89 and the women were victorious 71-62. Each team also has momentum, with the women having won six of their last seven games and the men riding a four-game winning streak.
Central’s coach’s decision, because ...
That Central Washington leading scorer Mark McLaughlin played only 11 minutes, scored only four points and didn’t play in the second half of the Wildcats’ 83-78 loss Saturday night at Montana State Billings no doubt raised the eyebrows of some familiar with McLaughlin’s having played at six different colleges before coming to CWU.
McLaughlin had played so little, according to a university news release, “due to a coach’s decision.”
Tuesday, coach Greg Sparling said that, yes, the decision was his and was made because McLaughlin was suffering from the flu. So was 6-foot-9 center Kevin Davis, who played 18 minutes, Sparling said.
“Mark just wasn’t feeling well, was really struggling, so we just shut him down for the night,” Sparling said.
Central already was missing Chris Holmes (back injury) and Trey Gross (hip pointer), and later lost starting center Derrick Davis to a broken hand. Davis is out of the season.
The Wildcats, who lost to unbeaten and second-ranked Western Washington and then to fifth-ranked Seattle Pacific prior to the MSUB defeat, visit Northwest Nazarene on Saturday. They close their regular season with home games Feb. 28 against Western Oregon and March 2 opposite Saint Martin’s.
At 7-8 in the GNAC and 13-10 overall, Central is holding the sixth and final conference tournament berth. Western Oregon is seventh at 5-9.