Boyd, Hill and Flett combine for 48 points, help lead Wellpinit past Curlew 70-57

CURLEW – Fourteen years have passed since the Wellpinit High School girls basketball team qualified for the State B tournament.

“It’s been awhile,” said assistant coach T.J. Flett of Wellpinit.

“These girls are knocking on the door,” he said speaking of this year’s squad, which has a lot of depth.

They showed that depth against the number two seeded Curlew Lady Cougars in the opening round of the playoffs.

Colville tribal members Ashlynn Hill scored 20 points, Lachelle Boyd chipped in 15 and Christiana Flett added 13 points as the trio helped propel Wellpinit to a 70-57 road win over Curlew in the first round of the District 7 1B playoffs on Tuesday evening.

“We’re getting there, they know they still got a lot more to show,” said Chazz Flett, head coach for Wellpinit. “It’s only the first round. They got another round so they know what they’re chasing.”

Wellpinit (15-5) advances on to the semi-finals where they will play Almira/Coulee-Hartline on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Deer Park.

This will mark the third time this season that Wellpinit and A.C.H. will square off. Wellpinit come up just short, recently losing 71-68 in overtime on Jan. 26 and loss 58-31 on Dec. 8.

“This is the rematch we’ve been waiting for,” said Chazz Flett. “We got beat by them by a last second shot in overtime.  Now it’s playoff time.”

Curlew (11-7) with the loss will play Northport on Saturday in Deer Park in a loser-out, winner advance situation.

Wellpinit held a slim 14-13 lead after the first quarter and would take a 36-25 lead into halftime over Curlew.

The Lady Cougars cut the lead to 10 points (50-40) at the end of the third quarter, outscoring Wellpinit (15 to 14) in the quarter.

Wellpinit would go on to score 20 points in the fourth to Curlew’s 17, winning by 13 (70-57) in Curlew for the second time this season.

“I feel like we were more hyped for this game, it’s a good win tonight,” said Hill.

Tribal descendant Lauren Matt scored four points on the night and teammate Jada Orr scored nine.

Curlew’s Korin Baker scored 35 points and notched 20 rebounds on the night, as she kept the Lady Cougars within striking distance the whole night.

Eight teams started out in the Northeast District 7 1B Girls basketball tournament team but only three will advance on to Regionals.

“Every game is a big game,” said T.J. Flett.

By winning their first game in the playoffs, Wellpinit has take some of the pressure off for the time being.

“It means a lot, makes our path easier,” said Hill.

If Wellpinit is able to beat A.C.H. this upcoming Saturday, they will assure themselves a spot in the Regional round.

“This program has had their ups and downs the past few years,” said Chazz Flett. “This year we got a good solid program and the girls are buying in. They know what they’re capable of doing.”

“They stay hungry and they fight for each other and that’s what it’s all about.”

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