Selah Breezes Past Ellensburg 84-46, Eyes Set on District Championship
Selah extended their win streak to nine on Saturday afternoon. As they ran over Ellensburg 84-46 in the CWAC district tournament semi-finals.
On Selah's first possession, Elijah Pepper hit the first of his seven 3-pointers. Selah's hot start would continue, as they started the game with a 24-6 lead.
"We wanted to get on a quick run, and just jump on them right from the get-go," Elijah Pepper said.
A big difference-maker for Selah was their ability to take Ellensburg's star point guard Anders Ott out of his game.
Ott gave Selah one of their biggest tests three weeks ago, as his 20 points in one quarter performance threatened to end Selah's perfect district record. In this semi-final game however, Ott was limited to just three points.
"We knew that Ellensburg is really dependent on two or three players. We knew if we could take out those guys, we could hold them under 50, which is our goal every game," said Selah Coach Tim Garza.
The only player that gave any production in the second half for Ellensburg was 6-5 sophomore Steel Venters. His 18-point performance was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs.
It was good times for Elijah Pepper and the rest of his team. Pepper had 34 points and 8 rebounds, while his teammate's Noah Pepper and Keegan Morford each chipped in 14.
Noteworthy coming out of this game was the attendance at Nicholas Pavilion. An estimated 1,845 fans packed CWU's arena for this highly attractive match-up. Despite the lopsided score, both sides were invested the entire time.
"It was amazing, the crowd is great. They don't know it, but it gives us a lot more energy," said Elijah Pepper.
The Selah vs Wapato district championship takes place this Tuesday at Eisenhower High School.
According to Coach Garza, the plan is to rest his guys on Sunday, including a team breakfast. Before getting back in the facilities on Monday to review Wapato film, and fine-tune their strategy.
Selah continues to play awe-inspiring well, and there's still plenty of seats on the bandwagon.