OLYMPIA - Logan Meyers scored a team-high 17 points, and Jared Eidenmuller chipped with 14 as the Capital boys opened their basketball season with a 61-42 over Shelton on Friday night.
Meyers, a 6-foot-6 post, was 6-for-13 from the floor and also grabbed six rebounds. Eidenmuller hit two 3-pointers, and also was 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.
Capital outscored Shelton 17-8 in the second quarter to take a 32-23 lead at halftime. But thanks to productive scoring from senior guard Tre Fisher, who had a game-high 23 points – including 4-of-8 from behind the arc – the Highclimbers cut the deficit to 41-37 late in the third quarter. The Cougars held Shelton to two fourth-quarter points.
North Thurston 64, Fife 51: Junior guard Landon Rushton scored a game-high 27 points in the Rams’ season-opening win. Matt Reid (12 points) and Eric Wilson (10) also scored in double figures for North Thurston.
North Thurston trailed 16-13 after the first quarter but outscored Fife 21-10 in the second to take an eight-point lead at halftime. The Rams converted 48 percent of their shots.
Yelm 45, Gig Harbor 29: With the score tied at 23 going into the fourth quarter, the Tornados turned it up offensively, scoring 22 points to pull away from the Tides. Guards Keith Anderson (19 points) and Jonas Chambers (14) combined for 33 of the team’s 45 points.
Life Christian 83, Northwest Christian 34: The Eagles held the visiting Navigators to single-digit scoring in the final three quarters. Senior Steven Dunn had a team-high 19 points – more than half of Northwest Christian’s points.
Yelm 48, Bainbridge 40 (OT): The Tornados outscored Bainbridge 11-3 in overtime to preserve the nonleague victory over the Spartans.
Sophomore post Anushka Maldonado had a game-high 17 points, one of three Yelm players in double figures. Jaynani Cababac had 11 points and Karley Miskimens had 10.
Capital 64, Shelton 28: Kristyn Ross and Kelsey Antles combined for 31 points, as the Cougars cruised to a nonleague win on the road. Capital held the Highclimbers to zero points in the first quarter and built a 28-8 lead at halftime.
Bellevue 38, Kamiakin 0: The Wolverines (13-1) won their third consecutive state title and eighth in 10 years, drubbing sixth-ranked Braves (13-1) at the Tacoma Dome and recording the largest margin of victory in a Class 3A championship game.
“The kids just made some plays, brought pressure on them,” said Wolverines coach Butch Goncharoff, who took over the program in 2000. “It’s tough to play us for the first time.”
Bellevue’s eight state titles are the most won by a single school in state history, though one school comes close to the Wolverines’ record. Washtucna won 1B titles in 1974 and 1977 and won six more as LaCrosse/Washtucna.
Lummi 55, Cusick 30: Eddy Williams and Eric Robinson combined to rush for 292 yards and five touchdowns as the Blackhawks (13-1) outscored the Panthers (12-2) 39-6 in the second half en route to the school’s first 1B state championship.