WENATCHEE — The early flash and frenzy was there, but carrying it through the night turned out to be another matter.
Flying out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, Davis’ girls basketball team showed it was ready to play in Friday’s Class 4A regional game against Lake Stevens, but the older, more experienced Vikings took over in the second half and pulled away for a 54-34 victory at Wenatchee High School.
The Pirates finished the season with a 13-10 record — the program’s most wins since 1988 — and a district championship.
“It was an amazing experience to get this far,” said Davis coach Erin Smith, who starts three juniors and two sophomores. “The girls are already hungry for next year.”
Lake Stevens (19-7), which lost in last year’s regional round to eventual state champion Skyview, advances to the state quarterfinals in Tacoma next week.
Powering Lake Stevens was one of the state’s best players in Brooke Pahukoa. The 5-foot-9 senior guard, who’s headed to Boise State, scored 28 points. She averaged over 19 points in the regular season and had 42 in a game against Marysville-Pilchuck.
Sophomore Alexis Gratton scored 10 points to lead Davis, which held a 19-18 lead after the first quarter but was held to 15 points the rest of the way. Katie Fowler buried two 3-pointers back-to-back to spark the Pirates’ quick start.
“We came out hot offensively and had a great first quarter,” Smith said. “But in the second half we struggled to hit a shot. Plus, (Pahukoa) is a great athlete and she can jump out of the gym. We did a pretty good job on the rest of the team but we just couldn’t keep up on offense.”
In Friday’s first game at Wenatchee, top-ranked Mead overwhelmed Puyallup 67-41 to improve to 22-1. Mead is coached by Davis grad and former Pirates’ girls coach Quantae Anderson.
LAKE STEVENS — Brooke Pahukoa 28, Long 7, Bri. Pahukoa 7, Fifield 6, Briggs 4, Vandegrift 0, Pahls 2.
DAVIS — Alexis Gratton 10, Juarez 6, Fowler 6, Morales 8, Perez 1, Billups 3, Martinez 0, Salazar 0, Alvarado 0, Paris 0, West 0, Nunez 0.
Lake Stevens 18 11 13 12 — 54
Davis 19 5 7 3 — 34