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By David Pan 

Wildcats go 1-2 at state tournament | Girls basketball

 

Last updated 3/17/2017 at Noon



Archbishop Murphy’s first appearance in the 2A state girls basketball tournament since 2010 turned out to be a learning experience for a young team.

The Wildcats opened with a 41-37 victory over Prosser, but then fell 58-44 to W. F. West and was eliminated from the tournament in a tough 56-53 loss to White River Friday, March 3, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

“I thought there were some good moments,” Archbishop Murphy coach Cassie Snyder said.

But Snyder added that the Wildcats didn’t play anywhere close to their best basketball at the tournament.

“I think it was a great experience for our kids being on that atmosphere and stage and for us to get a win was huge,” she said. “I think that it was a learning experience in the sense we have to learn to execute better as a team down the stretch. Although it wasn’t the outcome we wanted, it was a good learning experience for our kids. I think they are hungry for next year.”

Sophomore Emily Rodabaugh scored 19 points and junior Megan Dorney had 14 points against W.F. West. The Wildcats were outscored 17-11 in both the first and third quarters.

Archbishop Murphy ran up against a Division 1 recruit, Kendall Bird, in the loss to White River. Bird scored 34 points and had 17 rebounds.

“We thrive on our defense. They were about to score at will,” Snyder said. “We just didn’t get stops when we needed stops. We’re used to doing that all season.”

The Wildcats also had a terrible game at the free throw line, making only 8 of 19.

Archbishop Murphy will return all five of its starters from its final game of the season– Rodabaugh, Dorney, junior Maddie Hill, freshman Julia Lucas and sophomore Lexi Ducheane. Rodabaugh was named the Cascade Conference MVP.

“She is a straight up all around great player,” Snyder said. “She did a great job of becoming a better passer. She also improved a lot defensively. She can do it all. She still has more potential and room to grow.”

The 2016-17 season saw the Wildcats made major strides on and off the court as a team, Snyder said.

“I think they did a great job of playing together more and executing,” she said. “We’ve got to continue to get better.”

 

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