La Conner High girls place second at state 2B basketball tournament


March 11, 2020

SETTING A NEW STANDARD – La Conner High players and coaches gathered at center court to accept the second place trophy at the State 2B Girls’ Hardwood Classic in Spokane on Saturday. Placing second is the best finish for any La Conner High School basketball team at the state level. Pictured above are; back row, left to right: Assistant coach Jesse Edwards, assistant coach Lynette Cram, Joanie Benson, Avery Sloniker, Katie Watkins, Josie Harper, Makayla Herrera, Morgan Herrera, Ellie Marble, head coach Scott Novak, and assistant coach Loran James; and front row, left to right: Aubrie Sloniker, Justine Benson, Rachel Cram, Juna Swanson, and Sarah Cook. – Photo by Lauren Reynolds

The La Conner High girls’ basketball team played like champions before placing second with the school’s best showing ever at the State 2B Hardwood Classic in Spokane last week.

Its hard-fought 52-45 title round loss on Saturday to No. 1-ranked Liberty (Spangle) and 6’-0” Division I prospect Maisie Burnham, an Eastern Washington University commit, while disappointing, couldn’t erase the thrill generated by a La Conner hoops team playing in a state championship game for the first time.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the girls,” La Conner head coach Scott Novak said afterward. “To...

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