Meika Heath, Jake Flett, Brenton Swan, Brenden Andrew, and Damien DeLaCruz selected to All-Star basketball showcase
DAVENPORT – For Meika Heath, it was a homecoming, well sort of.
Heath started her freshman year at Davenport High School, then transferred up north where she would stay the next three years at home in Inchelium.
“Playing back at the Davenport gym felt kind of weird but it was kinda cool playing in that gym one last time for my senior year,” said Heath.
After she helped lead Inchelium to the WIAA 1B Girls State Tournament for the first time in 12 years, Heath added another accolade to her list.
She was the only female Colville tribal member selected to play in this year’s District 7 All-Star Basketball Showcase at Davenport High School on Friday night.
“Playing in the all-star game was fun,” said Heath. “Playing with the 2-B players and some of my friends in the league.”
Heath finished with four points on the evening as her squad, Team Black lost in a squeaker, 53-49 to Team White.
Team Black jumped out in front and held a 15-10 lead after the first quarter and took a 31-21 lead at halftime.
Team White buckled down defensively in the second half as they only gave up three points in the quarter to cut the lead to seven, trailing 34-27 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, Team White saved their best for last as they erupted for 26 points in the quarter as they would go on to win by four (53-49).
The teams are comprised with some of the top seniors from the 1B and 2B schools in District 7 for the Northeast 1B and Bi-County 2B Leagues.
Ending the year as All-Stars
DAVENPORT – For Jake Flett, Brenton Swan and Damien DaLaCruz of Inchelium along with Brendan Andrew of Wellpinit, all four got to play a final game as seniors.
All four were all selected to play in the District 7 boys all-star game at Davenport High School this past Friday evening.
“It was an awesome experience to play in the all-star game,” said Flett. “Played with a bunch of kids I never met before.”
Unfortunately, all four couldn’t all be on the same team.
Andrew (Tribal member) finished with seven points, and Swan (Tribal member) finished with two points as they helped Team Black squeak by with a 77-75 win on Friday night.
Flett (Tribal member) finished with four points and DeLaCruz (Tribal descendant) scored two points for Team White on Friday evening.
Despite coming up just short, Flett still was thankful to be there on that night.
“It was an honor to be selected because I love it when I get to go someplace and represent my town and the rez I come from,” said Flett.
Team Black got out to a 20-16 lead after the first quarter and would hold a 37-34 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, both teams started scoring more, but Team Black still retained the lead (59-55) as they headed into the fourth quarter.
Team White had tied the game up at 75-75 with 35.3 seconds left in the game but Team Black would come down and score the go-ahead basket with eight seconds left and would hold on for the win.