Inchelium boys, Curlew girls compete in play-in games tonight

— The Curlew girls and Inchelium boys finished fourth in their final games Tuesday, with both teams now advancing to pigtail play-in district games Friday.

The fifth-place north division teams in the Northeast 1B League take on the fourth-place southern teams with the winners advancing with the south’s No. 4 seeds to district, which starts next week.

The Curlew girls (7-12) take on Odessa-Harrington (8-12) at 6 p.m. at Reardan High School, 215 E. Spokane Ave.

The Inchelium boys (4-9) tackle Wellpinit (11-9) at 8 p.m.

The boys open district Tuesday with 6 p.m. games that include:

Winner of Wellpinit/Inchelium at north champion Cusick (18-2).

Selkirk (10-10) at Valley Christian (12-7).

Republic (9-10) at south champion Odessa-Harrington (14-6).

Wilbur-Creston (13-7) at Curlew (12-7).

The girls open district Wednesday with 6 p.m. games that include:

Winner of the Odessa-Harrington/Curlew game at league champion Republic (18-2).

Selkirk (12-7) against Almira/Coulee-Hartline (10-8) at Coulee City.

Inchelium (7-7) against south champion Wilbur-Creston (20-0) at Wilbur.

Wellpinit (8-9 at Cusick (11-5).

District continues Feb. 15 at Deer Park High School, 800 S. Weber Road.

REPUBLIC – The Curlew boys took care of business Tuesday, dispatching Republic, 62-51, in the final basketball game of the regular season.

Republic entered the fray needing to beat the Cougars by 10 points or more to secure the No. 2 seed to district.

The loss dropped the Tigers to No. 4.

Curlew instead finished with the No. 2 seed.

“We played great defense for most of the game,” Republic coach Dan Groom said. “And we played multiple defenses — straight up man, a couple of different zones, we pressed. We executed every defense well. We regularly worked them through 30 seconds of the shot clock, but they would make an amazing shot or we would have a last-second breakdown inside.”

Aaron McCullough (21 points) and Coby Grumbach (15 points) combined for 26 of the Cougars’ 34 first half points. McCullough was 6-for-6 shooting free throws in the first half.

“Curlew shot for a very high percentage in the first half, both from the field and the foul line,” Groom said. “And their shots weren’t just a bunch of lay-ups.”

Curlew extended its 34-22 halftime lead to 51-36 after three quarters.

“We were in foul trouble all game,” Groom said. “Curlew went to the line 27 times. We only shot four free throws. Angelo Rivera and Taylor Campbell both fouled out. Alex Rivera and Garrett Weller each had four fouls at the end of the game.”

Aaron Fritts finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds from his point guard position for Republic.

Weller added 18 points, all scored on 3-pointers.

“It just wasn’t enough tonight,” Groom said. “Too many unforced turnovers. Curlew won the majority of 50-50 balls, which is a testament to their hustle.”

The loss broke a three-game win streak for Republic (9-10 overall, 7-5 league), which opens district at south champion Odessa-Harrington (14-6) on Tuesday.

Curlew (62) - Brown 9, McCullough 21, Beedle 7, Knapp 6, Poore 4, Grumbach 15.

Republic (51) – Remien 0, Fritts 17, Campbell 8, Weller 18, Alex Rivera 2, K. McQuay 0, Angelo Rivera 6.

Rebounds (28): Fritts 12. Steals (6): Fritts 3.

INCHELIUM – The Inchelium boys basketball team pounded Northport, 62-18, in the final league game of the year Tuesday.

Quentin Holford scored 23 points to go with 8 rebounds for Inchelium, which led 30-12 at the half and never gave up double-digit scoring to Northport.

Mataeo Silk finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds.

Inchelium (4-9) takes on Wellpinit (11-9) in a play-in game at 8 p.m. Friday at Reardan High School, 215 E. Spokane Ave., Reardan.

The winner advances to the district tournament Tuesday at north champion Cusick (18-2).

Inchelium (62) - Meusy 7, Silk 13, Holford 23, Sagerser 0, Cohen 9, Erickson 2, Hoffman 4, Finley 4.

REPUBLIC – The Republic girls basketball team finished the regular season undefeated in league play and take a No. 1 seed into district.

The Tigers led 26-15 at the half against Curlew and pulled away in the second half for a 60-43 victory.

Shania Graham led the way for Republic with 21 points.

Lily Beckwith added 14 points and Haley McRae had 10 points.

Lindsey Gibson scored 18 points for Curlew, which finished fifth in league.

The Cougars (7-12) take on Odessa-Harrington (8-12) in a district play-in game at 6 p.m. at Reardan High School, 215 E. Spokane Ave.

The winner advances to play the opening round of district at league champion Republic (18-2) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Curlew (43) - K. Fanning 5, L. Gibson 18, H. Gibson 8, McCullough 0, Goree 8, Belcher 0, Reynolds 2, Walker 2.

Republic (60) - McRae 10, Koepke 3, Vaughn 8, Beckwith 14, Graham 21, Bowe 4, Lane 0, VanSlyke 0, Phillips 0.

INCHELIUM – The Inchelium girls basketball team knocked off Northport, 50-31, on Tuesday and secured the No. 4 seed to district.

TaSheena Kohler produced 27 points, 19 rebounds, 6 steals and 6 blocks for Inchelium.

Jaylene Lelone had 10 points for the Hornets, which broke open a tied game (13-13 after one quarter) with a 19-4 run in the second quarter.

Inchelium (7-7) opens district Tuesday at south champion Wilbur-Creston (20-0) in Wilbur.

Inchelium (50) - Mason 0, Kohler 27, Lelone 10, Boyd 7, Swan 6.

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