Inchelium girls team makes first appearance to WIAA 1B Girls State Tournament in 12 years; upended in first round by Sunnyside Christian
SPOKANE - Twelve 12 years have gone by since the Lady Hornets last made a trip to the Spokane Arena.
They ended the drought this year as the girls basketball team earned their way into the WIAA 1B Girls Hardwood Classic in Spokane.
“They worked hard all year,” said coach Ted Torzewski. “We wanted to make sure we got them here, and we did that.”
That was the good news.
The bad news, they didn’t get to stay as long as they would have liked.
In a winner advance / loser out game in the first round of the tournament, the Lady Hornet lost to Sunnyside Christian, 62-41, Wednesday.
Inchelium wasn’t intimidated or nervous about the big lights as they took a 16-14 lead after the first quarter.
“I was thinking we got this. We were pushing the ball, moving, things looked good,” said Torzewski. “I thought we were gonna get them, and then we got into a little bit of foul trouble and the wheels kind of fell off.”
Sunnyside would go on a 11-0 run in the second quarter to take a 28-22 lead into halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, Colville tribal member Rylee Desatuel was called for a suspect fourth foul. She had to sit for stretches of the game afterwards.
“We got Rylee into foul trouble, and we just lost some energy,” said Torzewski. “With Rylee being in foul trouble, we had a hard time attacking the basket.”
Sunnyside would go on to outscore Inchelium in the third 17-9 to take a 45-31 lead heading into the fourth.
With Desautel in foul trouble the Lady Hornets tried to pick up the slack but could never recover as Sunnyside Christian knocked out Inchelium, winning 62-41.
“The year was great. I don’t think a lot of people predicted us getting to the state tournament,” said Torzewski.
“It was a big step that we were able to take,” said Colville tribal member Meika Heath of Inchelium. “Unfortunately it ended the first game.”
Not every team makes it to the end of the year WIAA 1B Girls State Tournament.
“It’s a big accomplishment just to get here.”
Heath, Emily Zacherle and Cloey Simpson are seniors and ended their year with a trip to the Spokane Arena.
“It’s been a ride. It’s always been our goal to make it to state,” said Desautel. “Coming to state, it’s not what we wanted, but overall it has been a great season”
Desautel and Heath combined for 10 points apiece. Grace Kohler, a Colville tribal descendant, scored seven points in the second half for the Lady Hornets.