First-round success: King’s West shakes state slump

48-30 drubbing of Tacoma Baptist marks first state win since 2003.

Warrior Hayley Milleson takes her turn cutting part of the net after King’s West won districts.

By WESLEY REMMER

Staff writer

SPOKANE — Megan Morris and Megan Spence began their fourth — and final — quest for a state tournament medal on a high note, leading the Lady Warriors past Tacoma Baptist, 48-30, in first-round action at the 2B WIAA State Girls Basketball Championships on Wednesday.

“There was a lot of pressure to get that first win,” Hanley said of the victory. “It was all about leadership.”

Prior to Wednesday’s win, the Lady Warriors had posted a dismal 1-8 record in state play since its last victory, a 61-51 win against Wellpinit in 2003.

But Hanley said his team was ready to play against TB, breaking the trend of struggling at the state tournament.

“It was a really good performance from start to finish,” he said, adding that TB — which out-rebounded KW 46-43 — played a physical game, forcing KW to make halftime adjustments.

“It was a battle, but we picked up our defense in the second half,” Hanley said.

Spence led all scorers with 23, while Morris added 10, and Irene Moore shut down TB sharp-shooter Erica Tuell, holding the efficient Tuell to only one point.

“Irene got in her grill and held her (Tuell) to that one point,” Hanley said.

KW (19-5) took its 14-game win streak into Thursday’s match-up against perennial state juggernaut La Salle (Yakima), which breezed past Northwest Christian, 78-42, in its opening round game.

La Salle rolled to a big 57-25 win against the Warriors to send King’s West into the consolation bracket. At the half, La Salle built a 38-11 lead on the Warriors. Results of consolation action were unavailable at press time.

Radio broadcasts and Webcasts of the remaining state games are available online at www.wiaa.com.

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