Totem girls have been on the rise since snapping 110-game league losing streak in 2013. They play Thursday in Yakima at the 2A state tournament.

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Montana Hagstrom didn’t think she could endure another loss. Neither did Kelsey Brooks.

Both were ready to quit the Sammamish High School girls basketball team as a sophomores. They were tired of being the laughing stock of the KingCo 3A/2A Conference.

Instead, they dug in. The reward is a trip to the Class 2A state tournament in Yakima, starting Thursday.

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Friday’s 51-37 regional win over Sehome at Renton High School ended years of futility and a 20-year drought of qualifying for state. The emotional triumph was especially sweet for four-year starters Morgan Mincy, Marissa Therriault, Brooks and Hagstrom.

“That was the moment we’d been waiting for four years,” Brooks said.

A little more than two years ago, the Sammamish girls basketball program was mired in a dark, forgettable place. The Totems’ veterans remember the long, tired journey to this point. They weren’t exactly the portrait of confidence back then.

“We never thought we had a chance,” said Brooks, a four-year starter who saw a glimmer of hope after her team snapped a 110-game league losing streak her sophomore season. “We just didn’t think a win would come out of any game back then.”

But on Jan. 9, 2013, Sammamish finally managed a KingCo win, a 46-41 overtime decision over Interlake.

“No one really respected us, and our main goal was to start earning respect of people,” said Hagstrom, who averages 11 points, four steals. “People would laugh when they played us. Losing every single game really took a toll on you. We were a team no one cared about.

“We never thought we’d be where we are.”

Sammamish makes its first trip to state since 1995. The Totems (13-11) open state quarterfinal action against East Valley of Spokane (20-3) on Thursday at 9 p.m.

East Valley defeated Sammamish’s KingCo 2A rival, Liberty, 71-50. Liberty beat Sammamish three times this season, including a 54-44 decision in the District 2/3 title game Feb. 21.

Based on that, it would seem like Thursday’s state opener is a mismatch. But the Totems have faced bigger hurdles, like erasing a contagious losing mentality.

“We’re going over there with one goal in mind, and that’s to cut down the nets Saturday night and win a state championship,” said Sammamish head coach Michael Schick.

“Our freshman and sophomore years were really hard,” said Mincy, who was part of a team that went 3-17 overall and 0-14 in league.

“It’s been a really crazy ride. We want to keep it going.”

Said Therriault: “We want to win. We want to shake things up over there [in Yakima].”