EVERSON — The Nooksack Valley girls fell victim to top-seeded Cashmere, 61-26, in their tough regionals round match-up on Saturday at Wenatchee High School.
Still, because they had the 8-seed coming in, the Pioneers (20-7) live on to at least opening day of action in the Yakima SunDome this week.
The girls play 9-seed Zillah at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Losing, their season truly is over. Winning, they go on to face familiar rival Lynden Christian in the state quarterfinals.
In Wenatchee, Cashmere (now 22-0) was led by its senior star Hailey Van Lith, the state’s all-time leading girls basketball scorer who is headed to the University of Louisville next year.
The Bulldogs got into a double-digits lead early and kept their foot on the gas pedal, holding leads of 31-13 and 44-14. Van Lith poured in 32 points.
Sophomore McKenna Wichers led Nooksack Valley with eight points to go with senior guard Kora Larsen’s six.