YAKIMA — The King’s boys basketball team jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 76-41 victory over fourth-seeded River View on Thursday at the Class 1A Hardwood Classic at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
With the victory, the 14th-seeded Knights earned a spot in the semifinals. They face top-seeded Seattle Academy at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Seattle Academy beat King’s 76-57 in the championship game of the 1A bi-district tournament on Feb. 21.
King’s (17-10) took control of the game with a 14-0 run over the final three and a half minutes of the first quarter. Sophomores Jordan Hansen and Tyler Linhardt fueled the run with eight and six points, respectively. The Knights led 24-7 at the end of the first quarter and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
King’s shot 56% from the field (29-for-52) for the game and held River View to 27% (16-for-60).
Linhardt, a 6-foot-7 forward, finished the game with 26 points and nine rebounds. Hansen, a 6-5 guard, scored 22 points.
William Bailey scored 12 points to lead River View, which dropped into the consolation bracket.
La Salle 41, King’s 37
YAKIMA — Samantha Skaggs led the sixth-seeded Knights with 11 points, but King’s shot just 32.5% from the field in a quarterfinal loss to the No. 5 Lightning at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Trista Hull led La Salle (21-3) with 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field, and added 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Mia Flor and Claire Gallagher scored eight points each for King’s (19-9), which will take on No. 7 Annie Wright in a loser-out consolation game Friday at 9 a.m.