Now coach Jeremy Landram wonders just how well his team will respond following a 39-36 loss to Lynden on Wednesday at the 2A tournament it the Yakima Valley SunDome.
The Hawks (18-6) face a loser-out game at 10:30 a.m. today in a consolation game against Wapato (17-6).
“We definitely didn’t come here to lose,” Landram said. “It’s going to come down to if we can pick ourselves up. How they react to playing knocked down is how we’ll play (today).”
In one of the lowest-scoring tournament games in recent memory, both teams scored in single digits in three of the four quarters.
River Ridge held a 19-15 halftime lead, and it was in the fourth quarter that Lynden caught fire – relatively speaking.
The Lions took their first lead since early in the first quarter at 33-31 after Jake DeWitt’s 5-foot jumper in the lane.
DeWitt took over in the fourth quarter, finishing with a game-high 14 points as Lynden outscored River Ridge 19-9 in the final period. Nyles Vaner chipped in 12 points for the Lions.
River Ridge had 21 turnovers, but two of the most critical came on its final three possessions.
Brad Wallace gave River Ridge a shot to tie the game with 5.8 seconds remaining, but his 3-point attempt was short.
Lynden had the free-throw advantage with 9-of-15 shooting, while River Ridge was 1-of-7.
Joel King led the Hawks with eight points on 4-of-12 shooting.
Burlington-Edison 67, Tumwater 42
The Tigers forced 21 turnovers and used them to score 19 points, sending the Thunderbirds into the consolation bracket against Grandview at 9 a.m. today. Jordan Boede led Tumwater with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Tumwater shot 35 percent (17-of-48).
Burlington-Edison used a 13-0 run in the second quarter to increase its lead to 29-11.
Evan Coulter, the Tigers’ point guard, finished with a game-high 21 points, including scoring 12 of his team’s 15 points in the first quarter.
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