The Lummi Nation girls basketball team has come a long way. But unfortunately, the Lady Blackhawks will go no further this season.
Lummi Nation couldn’t keep up with third-seed Oakesdale and lost, 62-28, in the first round of the Class 1B state tournament on Wednesday, March 4, in the Spokane Arena.
The 11th-seeded Lady Blackhawks completed a remarkable five-year turnaround from going 1-19 to reaching their goal of getting to state for the first time since 2012. They finished the season with a 17-10 record.
Check out the great photos from Wednesday’s game courtesy of Keenan Gray.
Oakesdale (17-6), which handed No.1 Pomeroy its lonely loss this season, advances to the quarterfinals on Thursday against No.4 Neah Bay.
The third-seeded Lummi Nation boys will begin their quest for a state title when they take on Riverside Christian in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. Fourth-seed Riverside Christian advanced by beating Selkirk, 69-67, on Wednesday.
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Class 1B Girls State Tournament
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
Oakesdale 62, Lummi Nation 28 (loser out)
Curlew 53, Naselle 26 (loser out)
Mount Vernon Christian 49, Moses Lake Christian 41 (loser out)
Wellpinit 68, Wellpinit 57 (loser out)
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
#4 Neah Bay vs. #3 Oakesdale, 3:45 p.m.
#1 Pomeroy vs. #7 Curlew, 5:30 p.m.
#6 Yakama Nation Tribal vs. #5 Mount Vernon Christian, 7:15 p.m.
#2 Inchelium vs. #8 Wellpinit, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Consolation game, 12:15 p.m. (loser out)
Consolation games, 2 p.m. (loser out)
Semifinal, 7:15 p.m.
Semifinal, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7
Consolation game, 9:30 a.m. (winner fourth, loser sixth)
Consolation game, 1 p.m. (winner third, loser fifth)
Championship game, 3 p.m. (winner first, loser second)
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.