SPOKANE, Wash. – Getting to the Spokane Arena was the ultimate goal for Colville tribal member Mackenzie Arden of Wilbur-Creston-Keller.

She accomplished her goal of helping lead the Lady Wildcats to the WIAA 1B girls state basketball tournament but Wilbur-Creston-Keller would see their season come to an end as they lost to Pomeroy 63-39 on Friday afternoon at the Spokane Arena in a loser-out/winner advance game.

The Lady Wildcats finished the season with a 16-7 overall record and will say goodbye to six seniors (Callie Haden, Carly Johnson, Sydney Robinson, Sascha Springstead, Dalley Angstrom, and Arden).

Wilbur-Creston-Keller hangs on for 63-58 win over Cusick

Colville tribal athletes MacKenzie Arden and Rocksie Timentwa help lead the Lady Wildcats to state

SPOKANE, Wash. – With four minutes and 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Wilbur-Creston-Keller’s Mackenzie Arden (Colville tribal member) picked up her fifth foul.

With her team clinging to a three-point lead (53-50) Arden would now be forced to watch the rest of the game from the bench.

“I was kind of in shock, I thought I had four fouls,” said Arden.

Having to sit and watch in arguably one of the most important spots in the game was agonizing for Arden who wasn’t sure if she had played her final game or not, being that she was a senior and with this being a winner advance/loser-out game.

“It was the longest 4 minutes of my life,” she said.

The Lady Wildcats said I got you as Wilbur-Creston-Keller held off a late rally by Cusick for a 63-58 win in the first round of the WIAA 1B girls basketball state tournament on Wednesday (March 2) evening at the Spokane Arena.

“This is crazy,” said Arden. “We haven’t been to the Arena since 2014, none of us know what this is like, it’s a new environment, I think we were all feeling the nerves, but we pushed through.”

Arden finished with eight points and fellow teammate and Colville tribal member Rocksie Timentwa finished with two points, four assists, and two steals as an eighth-grader.

Wilbur-Creston-Keller with the win would advance to the quarterfinals of the WIAA 1B girls state tournament but would lose to Neah Bay 59-48, knocking them to the consolation bracket.

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