State champs: Top row, left to right — Isabella Phillips, Tia El-Zien, Leyla Nabai, Kate Miller, Miya Dill, Amanda Koop and coach Wes Williams. Bottom row, left to right — Bella Ely, Samantha Latessa, Nikki Ziraknejad and Jesse Ruyle. Courtesy photo

State champs: Top row, left to right — Isabella Phillips, Tia El-Zien, Leyla Nabai, Kate Miller, Miya Dill, Amanda Koop and coach Wes Williams. Bottom row, left to right — Bella Ely, Samantha Latessa, Nikki Ziraknejad and Jesse Ruyle. Courtesy photo

Juanita hoopsters lock down state championship

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:41pm
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The Juanita Basketball Club (JBC) sixth-grade girls returned from Spokane as Washington state middle school champs after going a perfect 4-0 in the state tournament.

All-around solid play turned into wins over Kamiah (Idaho) and Arlington during pool play, placing the girls in a semifinal matchup versus rival Liberty. The Lady Rebels lockdown defense took over, surrendering only 10 points in a 29-10 victory.

All 10 girls contributed in the final game where the Rebels clinched the trophy with a 39-27 win over a tough team from Tonasket.

Juanita went 24-9 overall this season, champions of the MLK tournament, first place in Puget Sound Cascade League and now Washington state champs.

The team was coached by Wes Williams, and all the players attend local middle schools that feed into Juanita High School. JBC girls is a program for any 4-8 grade youth that will attend Juanita.

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