Selah Devastates #4 Lynden 69-52 at the SunDome Shootout
There's an anger that Selah possesses that is not duplicated by any team they face.
"We got our hearts broken eight months ago against Foss, that feeling hasn't left. If you see the grit we play with, these guys want to get back there. That's what makes this group special," said a focused Coach Tim Garza.
It's not a switch that needs to be flipped, or something they practice, Selah just has it.
#4 Lynden vs #2 Selah was amongst the marquee match-ups used to sell the SunDome Shootout to potential ticket buyers.
For the first half, fans got their money's worth.
A nasty chess match broke out between the two state hopefuls. There were five lead changes in the first quarter; Selah held a slim 17-15 lead after one.
Neither team held more than a two point lead until late in the second quarter, when Selah point guard Elijah Pepper broke out for a couple deep three-pointers.
Pepper's 17 first half points catapulted Selah to a razor-thin 35-32 lead going into the half.
"Lynden was doing a great job getting to the basket. We had to make a defensive switch from man to zone," said Coach Garza on his halftime adjustments, "we knew who their top two shooters were in (Christian) Zamora and (Blake) Silves, we made the decision to go zone to limit their second and third opportunities."
The decision paid off, as 10 of Lynden's 12 players were shut-out in the second half.
Lynden's leading scorer Christian Zamora had 13 second-half points. But it would not be enough to cover the onslaught of Elijah Pepper (10), Keegan Morford (8), Zak Donato (8), and Reid Rasmussen (6).
Selah outscored Lynden 34-20 in the second half, as they rallied to a comfortable 69-52 victory.
A casual observer can see the greatness of Elijah Pepper, Calvin Herting, and Zak Donato.
But look closer and you'll find new heroes emerging. Guys like senior starter Keegan Morford, and second unit stand-out's Will Middlebrooks and Reid Rasmussen.
"Keegan Morford is the unsung hero of this group. Our motto is to play with passion from tip to buzzer, and he's one of those players that does it at 110% every time," Said Coach Garza on Keegan Morford's development.
When Reid Rasmussen was asked how he felt about his increased role, Reid was quick to deflect the attention onto his teammates.
"You may not see much of them in-game, but at practice we have a lot of guys making us better. Skylar Rayburn has improved a ton, Dylan Giles makes us better on defense, also Sebastian and (Alex) Morford. The whole bench is key for us."
Whether it'd be beating undefeated Ellensburg, or tearing down powerhouse Lynden, this SunDome Shootout was just another pit stop on Selah's road to the dome.
You're next chance to catch Selah live will be on January 2nd 7:15pm at Othello High (3-5).
A game you need to have circled: Selah (8-0) vs Zillah (8-1) on January 9th 7:15pm at Selah High School.