Unheralded Selah girls basketball ends season in district quarterfinals

Despite a valiant effort, the Selah High girls basketball team’s season ended in the CWAC district playoffs on Feb. 18 with a 60-57 loss to Toppenish in the SunDome.

The Vikings survived a loser-out game Feb. 11 against Wapato, winning 54-46 to advance to the district quarterfinals, where they lost to Prosser 59-40 on Feb. 13. That set up the loser-out game against Toppenish.

Before falling to Prosser and Toppenish in the CWAC tournament, coach Rick Hartman’s team had won three of four, with their only loss coming to top-seeded Ellensburg in the regular season finale. The Vikings finished tied for fifth place in league at 10-8 (11-12 overall).

A big reason for Selah’s success this season was the play of freshman post Kylie Sherman, who was named the league MVP by the coaches. Sherman averaged 19.6 points, 12 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots, and her 21 points and 20 rebounds against Wapato pushed the Vikings through to the quarterfinals.

Two other freshmen, Jaisha Gibb and Kieryann Mattson, joined Sherman in the starting lineup, with Gibb earning all-conference honorable mention. Also returning will be sophomore Jayden Horton, who averaged 10 points per game despite missing half of the season due to injury.

The Viks will graduate five seniors this spring: Ashlynn Hall, Roni Rasmussen, Kaleigh Dalrymple, Madysen Muir and Jade Wold.