North Bend Central raced out to a 17-0 lead over the first seven minutes of the C1 girls state basketball quarterfinal against Yutan, then hung on for a 48-43 win.
The Tigers, seeking to claim their fourth consecutive state title, saw Yutan climb to within 35-33 in the fourth quarter. North Bend responded with a 6-0 run and a 41-33 lead.
Senior Kaitlyn Emanuel scored a game-high 20 points as the Tigers won their 26th straight game to move to 26-1 on the season. They improved to 104-8 over the past four years.
In Friday’s C1 semifinals, the top-seeded Tigers will face No. 5 seed Malcolm. The Clippers beat Wahoo 46-32 in today’s second C1 game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tipoff on Friday is set for 9 a.m. The game will be at Pinnacle Bank Arena and aired on 93.5 The Hawk.