- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Amara Huber scored 17 points and Colfax used a quick start to help topple Toutle Lake 45-38 on Saturday night in the Washington Class 2B girls state title game.

Scout Cai added 11 points for the Bulldogs (24-6), who earned their third state title in six years. Samantha Woodley and Bailey Hockett each scored 10 points as the Ducks (25-1) suffered their first loss. Toutle Lake was seeking its first state title.

Behind Huber’s six points, Colfax opened the game with a 12-0 burst before Toutle Lake began chipping away, eventually tying it at 28-all on Woodley’s driving layup with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Toutle Lake grabbed its first lead - 30-28 - on Hockett’s basket early in the fourth.

But Colfax responded, outscoring Toutle Lake 10-2 and opening a 38-32 lead on Nicole Sheer’s basket with 4:20 left. The Ducks got as close as four, 40-36, on Hockett’s shot in the lane with 3:10 left.

But Colfax answered with just enough free throws (5 of 10 in the last 2:51) to keep the Ducks from rallying.

Huber finished 5 of 9 from the floor and also grabbed eight rebounds for Colfax.

Earlier, Hailey Higashi hit five 3-pointers and poured in 29 points to carry St. George’s past Northwest Christian 51-48 for third place. Higashi, who was 11 of 19 from the floor, also had eight rebounds for the Dragons. Courtney Gray had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Crusaders, last year’s state runners-up who had beaten St. George’s by 30 and 17 points in two prior meetings this season.

Ceci Bergquist added 11 points for St. George’s, which raced to a 30-21 halftime lead.

MacKenzie Gray had 13 points for Northwest Christian.

Also, Aslyn Lyons and Allison Wujek each scored 16 points as DeSales beat Morton-White Pass 55-34 for fourth place. The Irish pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Timberwolves 35-17 in the final two quarters.

Whitney Elledge scored 15 points and Ashley Kelly 13 for Morton-White Pass, held to 8-of-41 shooting from the floor.

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