YAKIMA - The day after its Class 1A basketball championship hopes were dashed, Freeman had to wake up and play another game.
It wasn't just any ordinary loser-out consolation game.
It was against a league rival.
And this time of year, when the aches intensify, and the legs go numb, it's always a big lift to get pep from a difference source.
The Scotties beat Colville, 46-39, on Friday afternoon to sew up a spot in a trophy game. At the same time, they also eliminated their chief 1A Northeast foe - the Crimson Hawks.
It was the third time in the past month the two teams have gone head to head. Freeman has won all three of them.
"It sort of seems like the old AAU days when you'd travel miles and miles, and end up playing the same team," Scotties girls coach Aaron McLean said. "We've battled all year."
After the Scotties lost to Montesano in the 2A quarterfinals Thursday afternoon, they sat and watched the following game: Defending state champion Lynden Christian beat Colville.
Subsequently, a fourth Freeman-Colville encounter was on.
"You know what you are going to get, and I am sure they know what they are going to get," McLean said. "But it's a state game, so there's a little more pressure. And kids get a little more amped."
That was what Colville girls coach John Foulkes was hoping for - a boost from rivalry juice for his ailing squad.
"I would say (the rivalry juice) got us quite a ways today," Foulkes said. "And then we were out of adrenaline eventually, and just tried to gut it out there at the end,"
After the game, Foulkes poked his head into the Freeman locker room to offer words of congratulations.
"We know those girls," Foulkes said. "They play hard and they are good kids. They deserve it."
Other consolation games:
Wapato 54, Zillah 42
When the Wolves got hot - they shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half, and made six 3-pointers - there was nothing the Leopards could do about it, especially in the fourth quarter.
Trinity Wheeler and KK Bass each scored 16 points apiece. Bass made a pair of second-half 3-pointers, and Crystal Colin's corner 3-pointer put the Wolves up, 51-40.
Archbishop Murphy 42, Washougal 41: The Panthers had two shots in the final 10 seconds to win, but could not hit the rim against tough defensive pressure, and the Wildcats survived a nail-biter.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Taylor Reed with 5:47 remaining gave Archbishop Murphy the lead for good (39-35). She finished with a game-high 15 points.
Hudson's Bay 54, West Valley of Spokane 53: The 2A GSHL champions rallied from nine points down in the final two minutes, getting a game-winning 3-pointer from Zoriah Jones from the left arc with 2.9 seconds remaining in the victory.
Chloe DeHaro got up a game-winning shot in the lane at the buzzer, but it rimmed out.