The Lummi Nation girls took care of business at home by routing Lopez, 60-25, to take third place in the Class 1B District 1 tournament Wednesday evening.
The victory improved the Lady Blackhawks’ record to 11-5 and earned them a third seed in the District 1/2/3 tournament. Lummi Nation will host the District 2 fourth seed on Saturday (weather permitting) at a time to be determined.
A victory on Saturday would pit the Lady Blackhawks against the District 2 champion on Tuesday, Feb. 12, with a state berth on the line. A loss on Saturday would end Lummi’s season.
Lopez, which fell to 9-8 with the loss, also had already qualified for the tri-district tournament. The Lobos will be the District 1 fourth seed.
In the District 1 championship game Wednesday night, Mount Vernon Christian (19-2) defeated Grace Academy (13-4), 48-38.
CLASS 1B DISTRICT 1 GIRLS TOURNAMENT
Consolation final (Wednesday)
Lummi Nation 60, Lopez 25, winner third, loser fourth (both to tri-district)
Championship final (Wednesday)
Mount Vernon Christian 48, Grace Academy 38, winner first, loser second (both to tri-district)
District Champion Lummi Boys Have Bye Into Tri-District
The Lummi Nation boys, by virtue of their District 1 championship, will open the District 1/2/3 tournament on Tuesday, hosting the winner of Fellowship Christian, the District 1 #4 seed, and the District 2 #3 seed. The time has yet to be determined.
A victory on Tuesday would put Lummi Nation into the tri-district semifinals and guarantee the Blackhawks a spot in the 1B state tournament in Spokane.
(Full schedules and brackets at nwbathletics.com)
Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.