Evergreen Lutheran heads to state B tourney


Associate editor

All season, Emily Laete has been trying to get back to Spokane.

The 6-foot-1 junior will get that chance after Evergreen Lutheran plays at King’s West at 3:15 p.m. today in the championship game of the Class B Tri-District basketball tournament.

Guaranteed of finishing first or second, Evergreen Lutheran is packing its bags for the state B basketball tournament March 5-8 in Spokane.

Following the footsteps of her two older sisters, Laete came from Spokane to live with a host family and attend Evergreen Lutheran, a private school in Des Moines. The high school, with an enrollment of about 100, attracts students from all over the region and even other states.

When the boys team went to state last year, all but five of the high school students made the trip.

It’s the first time the Evergreen Lutheran girls team has made it to state.

“We’re having a very successful season,” coach Jeff Kurbis said. “We have four or five starters back from last year’s team who are all contributing.”

Laete is averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds per game despite being double and triple-teamed. Ashley Poetter is averaging more than 10 points per game. Giselle Grabowski and Bethany D’Andrade are each scoring more than seven points per game. Senior guard Leah Marlow, as well as Katrina Ide and Rachelle Rude, are playing their roles.

“That’s what’s tough to beat us as a team,” Kurbis said. “We have so many people who can score. We are also very, very fast. We have a very aggressive defense, so we can put tremendous pressure on the ball. ”

The team has beaten King’s West two out of three times this season, including a 45-42 win in the league tournament championship game Feb. 15.

Evergreen Lutheran finished the regular season in first place in the Sea-Tac B league with a 9-1 record. The team is 18-4 overall.

Evergreen Lutheran was a 50-34 winner over Darrington Tuesday to advance to today’s championship game.

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