King’s wins, advances to semifinals

YAKIMA – Brewster came out hot, but King’s made a cooling defensive adjustment and it led to a 55-46 quarterfinal win for the Knights in the Class 1A girls basketball state tournament at the Yakima Sun Dome Thursday.

King’s faces Chelan in the semifinals at 4 p.m. today in a rematch of last season’s Class 2A quarterfinal won by the Knights en route to their second straight state championship.

Brewster took a nine-point lead after one quarter Thursday, but King’s held the Bears to 13 total points over the middle periods to take a 39-32 lead.

“Our juniors, Lauren Thompson and Jana Jack, were the difference tonight,” King’s coach Eric Rasmussen said. “They held Kyla Evans (12 points) to two field goals. She had 36 points Wednesday.”

Bianca Rowland scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as the Knights climbed back from the nine-point, first-quarter deficit. She shot 10-for-17 from the field.

King’s out-rebounded Brewster 41-32 and had 11 steals while forcing 21 turnovers.

At Yakima SunDome



King’s-Jack 4, Strand 15, Clauson 6, Thompson 4, Cutright 5, Rowland 21. Brewster-M. Brown 16, McCormack 2, Evans 12, Taylor 13, LaMoreaux 2, K. Brown 1. 3-point goals-M. Brown 4, Taylor 1. Records-King’s 24-3 overall. Brewster 22-3.

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