YAKIMA, Wash. --It was the streaks and flashes that gave a glimpse of what Davis’ girls basketball team could do. A half here, three good quarters there — they added up to a fine season and runner-up finish in the CBBN.
But what of the postseason?
Coach Erin Smith knew it would take more. She knew her young Pirates would have to go the distance with no lags or lapses.
After tuning up with a tight defensive effort to dispatch Eastmont in the district semifinals, Davis did exactly that — produce a complete game — in the most unlikely of circumstances.
On the road with no starting seniors.
Against the team that won the league by four games.
And against a team it had lost to by 26 points.
Staring those long odds down, the Pirates put together a 32-minute beauty and defeated Moses Lake 51-47 in last Saturday’s district championship game. The timely peak effort not only secured a rare district title but the CBBN’s lone berth in Friday’s regional bracket at Wenatchee High School.
“All season long the girls believed they could do something special,” Smith said. “They were thinking of it every step of the way.”
Just over a week ago, the Pirates were barely over .500 with their up and down season and had just lost back-to-back games to Moses Lake and Eastmont by a collective 23 points. But just when needed, Davis took control and things fell quickly into place.
First came an important league finale, winning at Wenatchee to secure second place and a home game for the district semifinals. On their home floor, the Pirates then effectively turned up their defensive pressure and ousted Eastmont 46-33 to earn its title date with the Chiefs, who sported an 18-3 record and three first-team all-leaguers.
“That semifinal at home was a real boost,” Smith noted. “When the girls showed up for the bus to Moses Lake, they all had smiles on their faces and all said, ‘Coach, we’re going to get a win tonight.’ I hadn’t seen that much confidence all season.”
And they played with that confidence, holding Moses Lake to a season-low in scoring. That all-league trio produced 37 points, but the rest of the team managed just 10.
“For the last week the girls have just clicked,” the coach said. “The biggest thing was putting a whole game together from opening tip to the final buzzer. We’ve had some great moments that showed what we are capable of, but once we got to district they’ve put it all together for a entire game.”
This may be new territory — Davis’ 13 wins are the most in a season in 25 years — but these Pirates have earned some time to shine. Junior Alexis Perez has reached first-team and all-defense status for the second year in a row, and sophomore Alexis Gratton just repeated her second-team all-league honor. The rest of the starting crew — juniors Cierra Juarez and Jenny Morales and sophomore Katie Fowler — all earned honorable mention, Juarez and Fowler doing so for the second year in a row.
Friday’s winner-to-state, loser-out bracket at Wenatchee is loaded with sixth-ranked Puyallup (20-5) taking on No. 1 Mead (21-1) at 6 p.m. followed by Lake Stevens (18-7) vs. Davis (13-9) at 8.
Lake Stevens, which beat Newport 48-43 on Tuesday in a District 1-2 play-in game, is led by senior twins Brooke and Brittany Pahukoa, who average 18.1 and 10.6 points, respectively, and are headed to Boise State.
“The girls are on a roll and we feel like it’s our home court at Wenatchee. We’re 2-0 on that court,” Smith said. “We like it there and we’re excited and thrilled to play.”