Coyotes to tangle for state berth

Burbank's girls rout Goldendale, 52-35, to face Connell Saturday for a spot at state.

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FINLEY, Wash. - Katie Breazeale's 19 points sparked Columbia-Burbank to a 52-35 victory over Goldendale in a South Central Conference District loser-out girls basketball game here on Thursday.

The Coyotes and Connell now tangle for the district's final Class 1A berth to the state tournament on Saturday.

Burbank has made nine consecutive trips to the state tournament and is looking for its 10th.

That game will take place here at 6 p.m.

Burbank and Connell split their series during the regular season.

Coyote Most Valuable Player Tiffany Idler may miss Saturday's game with an ankle sprain suffered in Thursday's win.

"It was a good game for us," Coyote coach John Muchlinski said. "They ran a box-and-1 on Tiffany, but everyone else stepped up today. Monica (Houser) got us going early with two quick threes in the first quarter, while Briana Rivas chipped in with two buckets as well.

"Our press was working well tonight," Muchlinski said. "It kept them off balance all game long. Katie Breazeale had a career-high tonight with 19. She was our spark.

"We had a great all-around game from everybody," he said. "Now we get to prepare for Connell again as they beat Mabton tonight. It will be the rubber match for a berth to the state tournament. Should be fun!"

GOLDENDALE (35) - Cameron 4-10 2-2 13, C. Counts 0-1 0-0 0, A. Counts 0-3 0-2 0, Bradley 3-5 0-0 6, Bailey 1-2 0-0 2, Kartes 0-4 0-0 0, Hoffman 0-2 0-0 0, Sadie Shattuck 7-14 0-1 14. Totals 15-43 2-5 35.

COLUMBIA-BURBANK (52) - Zuhlke 0-1 3-4 3, Houser 2-6 3-4 9, Rivas 4-14 0-0 8, Akerblade 0-7 0-0 0, Katie Breazeale 7-10 4-7 19, Rude 0-4 0-0 0, Idler 1-9 2-2 5, Roberts 4-10 0-0 8. Totals 18-61 12-17 52.

Goldendale 10 2 12 11 - 35

Burbank 14 5 14 19 - 52

3-point goals - C-B 4 (Houser 2, Breazeale, Idler), Goldendale 3 (Cameron 3). Total fouls - C-B 8, Goldendale 16. Fouled out-None.Technical fouls - None. Rebounds- Rebounds - C-B 39 (Akerblade 12), Goldendale 36. Turnovers - C-B 9, Goldendale 25. Assists - C-B 14 (Zuhlke 4), Goldendale 6. Steals - C-B 17 (Idler 4, Houser 4), Goldendale 1.

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