Lummi vs. Sunnyside Christian
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Richland High School
Lummi Blackhawks (17-8)
League: Northwest (tied for second)
District: Northwest/SeaKing/West Central (fifth)
State appearances: 8 (11-14)
State titles: 1 (2015)
Coach: Jerome Toby
Scouting the Blackhawks: The defending state champions have struggled to find much consistency beyond Lane — the returning 1B state player of the year. Lummi barely made it into the state tournament, grabbing the tri-district’s fifth and final berth with a 66-54 win over Tulalip Heritage.
Key to the game: Finding someone to accompany Lane. Washington scored 17 and 16 points in Lummi’s last two victories, which were must wins, but managed only four in a loss to Evergreen Lutheran.
Player to watch: Lane has backed up his breakout sophomore season by scoring in double figures more than 20 times this season.
Sunnyside Christian Knights (20-5)
League: Greater Columbia Gorge (first)
District: Central Washington (first)
State appearances: 22 (51-24)
State titles: 6 (1992, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013)
Coach: Dean Wagenaar
Scouting the Knights: With their top four scorers all sophomores, this could be the start of something special for Sunnyside Christian, as the program looks to return to prominence. After losing to Yakima Tribal on Feb. 13, the Knights won three straight, including two in a row over Yakima Tribal, to claim the district title.
Key to the game: With six players averaging more than seven points per game, the Knights obviously have plenty of people to turn to for scoring.
Player to watch: Wagennar, Chance Marsh and Faber all were all-league selections for the Knights this year and have shown the ability to put points on the board.
The defending champs have been inconsistent, and the long drive to Richland won’t help the Blackhawks’ cause.
SUNNYSIDE CHRISTIAN 61-52