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WTA Spring Fever Tournament: Way to Win vs Washington Swarm

Way to Win vs Washington Swarm 7th Grade Girls

After Sunday morning’s win against EBC, the Swarm returned to the same Tahoma High School court to battle Way to Win (WTW) for a tournament medal. WTW scored first, and followed it up with a free throw for an early 3-0 lead, but the Swarm quickly matched them and pulled ahead after three minutes of play, 3-5. Continue reading…

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EBC April Assist: D-1 Elite vs Swarm Girls

D-1 Elite vs Washington Swarm 7th Grade Girls

In the tropical heat of Auburn High School’s Gym #3, the D-1 Elite girls took to the court against the Washington Swarm in a game that came down to the wire. From the opening minutes, it was obvious that it would be a close game; though both teams scored within the first minute of the game, they remained at a stalemate for over seven minutes. Continue reading…

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EBC April Assist: WEST Academy vs Washington Swarm

7th Grade Girls: West Academy vs Swarm

In the opening minutes of Sunday afternoon’s game at Sumner High, before the score keepers had even figured out how to add points to the scoreboard, the Swarm jumped out to a 4-0 lead against the girls of WEST Academy. However, WEST quickly regrouped and formed a stout, physical defense holding the Swarm scoreless for the next five minutes, while sinking their own two free throws. (4-2) Continue reading…

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State Tournament: Tahoma Bears vs Richland Gunners

Girls 7th Grade Gold Championship Game

For the state title, the Richland Gunners and Tahoma Bears hit the hardwood (or something very similar in appearance) on a court in the Spokane Convention Center. It must have been about the final game played in the tournament, because when I looked up from the action in the second half, I realized that the surrounding courts in the cavernous hall were all deserted, and all remaining eyes were on this game. Continue reading…

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State Tournament: Lake Washington vs Inglemoor

Kangs vs Vikings: 7th Grade Girls Silver Division

In their final game of the tournament, the Lake Washington Kangs lined up against the Inglemoor Vikings on court 12 of the Spokane Convention Center. The two teams were well matched; both athletic, and only a couple of the Kangs players were significantly taller than the Vikings. As the first half got under way, defense didn’t appear to be the priority for either team, but the score remained tight: 11-11 after the first six minutes, and at halftime, the scoreboard read 24-20, with the Kangs just ahead, though there was some dispute about the board’s accuracy. Continue reading…

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State Tournament: Woodinville vs Inglemoor

Falcons vs Vikings: 7th Grade Girls Silver Division

On Saturday evening, the Woodinville Lady Falcons met Vikings on one of the dozen courts checkered across the floor of the Spokane Convention Center. Last November, these two teams met and the Vikings won in an unusually low-scoring game (19-15), and it appeared during the first half that we were in for another close battle-of-the-defenses. After the first eleven minutes of the game, the Viking’s #1 lofted in her layup to tie the game at 10-10, and although the Falcons pulled ahead in the final minutes of the half, the difference was still just a single shot coming out of halftime (13-15). Continue reading…

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