1-B State Championship Results: Sunnyside Christian Boys win State
YAKIMA, Wash - CONGRATULATIONS to the Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team! On Saturday night, they defeated Tulalip Heritage 58-40 to win this year's 1-B boys state basketball championship.
It could have been a clean sweep for Sunnyside Christian. The girls team was also playing for the state 1-B title, but finished second losing to Sprague-Harrington.
Tournament MVP Roni Jo Mielke scored 22 points, and Sprague-Harrington won its first girls state basketball title with a 67-48 win over Sunnyside Christian in the Class 1B championship game on Saturday night.The Falcons used a stingy defense that forced 19 turnovers, and pulled away in the third quarter. Sprague-Harrington finished the season 25-4.
Mielke was one of four Falcons in double-figures. Maria Rustemeyer scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Jamie Larmer and Jackie Lowman each scored 10 points.
Mielke grabbed six steals, as the Falcons had 11 in the game.
"Last year we were undefeated the whole season and lost our first game (of the state tournament) to this team," Rustemeyer said. "We definitely wanted revenge this year. When you lose, you learn, and we built off our losses. Everyone gave it their all, and definitely each one of us played our best games."
Brittany den Hoed led Sunnyside Christian with 13 points, and Melanie Van Wingerden, Andrea Schutt and Tori Van Wingerden each added 10. The second place finish for Sunnyside Christian (22-4) is the best in school history.
Leading 28-22 at halftime, the Falcons scored the first five points of the second half and started pulling away. Sprague-Harrington shot 58 percent in the second half and Sunnyside Christian could never get closer than five.
Also voted onto the all-tournament team with Mielke were: Tori Van Wingerden, Sunnyside Christian; Melanie Van Wingerden, Sunnyside Christian; Natalie Deking, Sprague-Harrington; Chelsi Pakootas, Inchelium.