Lady Redskins take home 4th place at this year’s WIAA 1B girls state tournament; first time placing in 40 years
SPOKANE – For the first time in 40 years, the Wellpinit High School girls basketball team placed at this year's 1B Girls Hardwood Classic, bringing home the 4th place trophy.
“This is an amazing feeling,” said Lachelle Boyd (Colville tribal member) of Wellpinit. “It means a lot.”
“This feels great,” said Billy Flett, assistant coach for Wellpinit.
In fact, the last time it happened, Flett had a few of his family members on that squad.
“That was in 1980,” said Billy Flett. “My auntie Jackie Flett, Jerry Flett, my sister Ilene, Judy Carter when they did it. I told these girls, you all one-upped the 1980 team.”
That 1980 Wellpinit girls squad placed 5th.
The Lady Redskins got rolling midway through the game and would go on to beat Curlew 56-40, bringing home the 4th place trophy on the final day of the 1B girls state tournament, March 7 at the Spokane Arena,
“This feels good,” said T.J. Flett, head coach for Wellpinit. “Now we're on the map again. This is just the start. I’m just excited for these seniors. I’m super happy for our community.”
The last time Wellpinit’s girls team earned a trip to state was in 2004.
“Now we’ve had the best Wellpinit girls team in history,” said T.J. Flett.
Wellpinit’s path to 4th place wasn't easy as they had to play four games in four days.
“They’re resilient,” said T.J. Flett of his girls team.
They would show their resiliency throughout the tournament, being tested along the way, but they received some extra motivation in their final game.
Wellpinit entered the 1B girls state tournament as the eighth seed, and Curlew would enter as the seventh seed.
These schools played each other three times this year, with Wellpinit winning two of those three games.
“There was talk about why is Curlew seventh in the RPI’s when we beat them twice,” said Billy Flett. “I told the girls, ‘Hey we’ll take the number four today.’”
After an 11-11 tie in the first quarter, Wellpinit took a hold of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Curlew 19-7 and taking a 30-18 lead at halftime.
The Lady Redskins kept up the intensity in the second half, winning by 16 points over their fellow NE 1B league member.
“They all played with heart and once they got rolling, it was hard to stop them,” said Billy Flett. “It’s been an amazing ride for me to be on that journey with that team. It feels great, man. Great!”
Colville Tribal member Ashlynn Hill of Wellpinit scored a team high 14 points, grabbed five rebounds and had three steals and three assists.
“We felt like we had something to prove,” said Hill of Wellpinit. “We made our mark and our statement. We’ve worked really hard. We’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to where we are now and it paid off.”
Jada Orr scored 11 points and had seven rebounds in her final game for Wellpinit.
Tribal member Lachelle Boyd scored five points and had five rebounds in her final game for the Lady Redskins.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Curlew | 11 | 7 | 4 | 18 | - 40
Wellpinit | 11 | 19 | 7 | 19 | - 56
Their journey to 4th place
3/4/2020 – Clallam Bay W 68-57 First round
3/5/2020 – Inchelium L 63-74 quarterfinals
3/6/2020 – Yakama Tribal W 68-59 consolation semifinals
3/7/2020 – Curlew W 56-40 4th / 6th place game
Ashlynn Hill finished with 65 total points scored in the tournament. She averaged 16.25 points per game for Wellpinit in their four state tournament games.
Lachelle Boyd finished with 38 total points scored in the tournament. She averaged 9.5 points per game for Wellpinit in their four state tournament games.
Ivory Flett finished with nine total points scored in the tournament. She averaged 2.25 points per game for Wellpinit in their four state tournament games.