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Bear Creek boys, girls set for 2B state Hardwood Classic | SLIDESHOW
The Bear Creek School's boys and girls basketball teams punched their tickets to this week's 2B state Hardwood Classic at the Spokane Arena with victories at last weekend's state regionals.
Seniors Jesse Leuenberger and Collin Feight poured in 18 points each in the boys' 61-31 victory over Willapa Valley on Friday at Bothell High.
According to coach Scott Moe, the Grizzlies' defense is in "lockdown mode" this season and held Willapa Valley to a season-low points output; they averaged 62 points a game heading into regionals. Senior Luke Blankenbeckler was another Bear Creek standout with eight points and solid defense.
On the girls' side, senior Catherine Fernandez led the Grizzlies with 23 points and 20 rebounds in a 51-48 win over Wahkiakum on Saturday at Bothell High.
With senior Kristina Engelstone out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, senior Hailey Morgan and sophomore Michelle Kahue (10 points) stepped up with clutch buzzer-beating shots and junior Darryln McDonough played stellar defense.
Both Leuenberger and Fernandez earned sportsmanship awards.
The girls (21-1 overall) will play Northwest Christian (Colbert) at 9 a.m. on Thursday at state.
The boys (21-2 overall) will also play Northwest Christian (Colbert) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at state.