Spokane controlled the game from the very beginning, scoring first and never giving up the lead.
“I thought the key to the game was our rebounding. They didn’t get any second shots and we cleaned the boards,” said Spokane coach Tom Colvin. “One thing we talked about was playing 32 minutes of our style, and our style is to pound the ball inside. We have a lot of size, and we need to take advantage of it.”
Throughout the game the Lady Owls were able to capitalize on offensive rebounds as well as from inbounding plays under the basket.
Rebounding was a team effort by the Lady Owls. Keylee Brown, Cassidy Sands, and Tayler Murray all had eight rebounds each, and two other Owls had six rebounds in the game.
At halftime the Lady Owls had a seven-point lead, and the Lady Tigers were able to shrink that to four, but they could not find a way to overcome the stout Lady Owl defense.
The Hurley Lady Tigers were held scoreless for the first half of the fourth quarter, and in this amount of time Spokane was able to score eight points to extend their lead again.
Also during that time, Ryleigh Maples suffered an injury, which appeared to be a concussion. She had five points and five assists in the game.
Both the Lady Tigers and the Lady Owls put young teams on the floor, with there being only one senior in each of the starting lineups.
Spokane senior Tayler Murray feels pressure being a senior leader on the team.
“You have to be the best. You have to be a role model for the underclassmen,” said Murray.
Tayler took charge in the game, being the leading scorer with 18 points to go along with her eight rebounds and two assists.
The leading scorer for Hurley was Zava Bennett, who had 13 points. She also had four rebounds, and three assists.