Lions roar into state semifinals

With a 50-40 victory over Willapa Valley on Thursday morning, Mercer Island’s Northwest Yeshiva rolled into the semifinals of the 1B state basketball tournament at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The No. 3-ranked Lions will play No. 1-ranked Almira Coulee Hartline at 2 p.m. on Friday. On Thursday, Willapa Valley led 25-19 at halftime, Northwest Yeshiva rebounded to lead 32-30 after three periods and then outscored its opponent 18-10 in the final frame. For the Lions, Yoel Kintzer had 24 points, Eli Weiss had 14 points and Victor Maimon had 13 rebounds. Here, the locals are pictured after winning the Northwest District 1 1B title on Feb. 19. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Yeshiva Facebook page