By Doug Petrowski
Junior Austin Schley drained a three-point jumper with 52.5 seconds remaining to give Cedar Park Christian – MLT a lead it wouldn’t give up and ultimately a 65-64 victory over second-ranked Neah Bay Monday night in Mount Vernon for the 1B Tri-District High School Championship.
Cedar Park Christian was without their regular season leading scorer Terry Eun, who was injured in the Lions’ previous game on Jan. 14 against Tulalip. Juniors Wilson Reidt and Ben Reidy picked up most of the offensive load for the Lions, with Reidt scoring 20 points and Reidy adding 17.
Both the Lions and Red Devils advance to regional games on Saturday, Feb. 23, to be played at Lynnwood High School. Cedar Park Christian – MLT will face Christian Faith at 6 p.m., with the winner advancing to the 1B state tournament in Spokane. Neah Bay takes on Waterville at 4 p.m. for a state tournament berth.
Cedar Park Christian – MLT quarter scoring: 17 – 14 – 22 – 12 – 65
Neah Bay quarter scoring: 18 – 10 – 20 – 16 – 64
Cedar Park Christian – MLT individual scoring: Wilson Reidt 20; Ben Reidy 17; Micah Patterson 10; Austin Schley 8; Daniel Schettler 6; Zach Wallace 4; Aaron Gillis; Christian Guddal; Steven Joo; Andrew Paulson