By CONNOR VANDERWEYST of the COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD
MOSES LAKE — Big Bend women's basketball sat in its locker room following an 80-76 loss to Yakima Valley.
The team was 3-5 in the NWAC East, solidly out of the playoff picture. Head coach Preston Wilks stated it plainly — finish the second half 5-3 for a play-in game or 6-2 for a tournament berth.
The Vikings were able to rally around each other, finish the regular season 6-2 and earn a trip to the NWAC Tournament for the first time since 2003.
"The girls are super upbeat and they know how special it is to be able to be playing in March and practicing in March," Wilks said. "They've had great focus, we've had great practices, great energy. The girls have done whatever we've asked them to do this week — just super focused and super upbeat.
"From my perspective, watching our scrimmage and watching our shooting, there seems to be a little extra level of confidence."
Big Bend drew No. 1 seed Grays Harbor in the first round of the tournament Thursday, 6 p.m., at Everett Community College.
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