River Ridge outscored Centralia 25-11 in the third quarter to win for the fourth time in its past five games with a 86-62 2A Evergreen Conference boys basketball victory — closing to a half-game of first place in the league standings. Jason Kananin had 25 points for the Hawks (9-8 overall, 6-3 EvCo) followed by Issiah Scott with 19 points and Thayer Murphy with 18.
Travis Miller’s two free throws in the final 28 seconds helped seal Capital’s 54-52 overtime victory over Black Hills to move into a fourth-place tie with Tumwater at 4-5 in 2A EvCo play. Miller finished with a team-best 16 points; freshman guard TJ Mickelson had a game-high 19 for the Wolves.
Tumwater (7-10 overall) snapped its two-game losing skid with its 50-47 road victory over Aberdeen.
Two of Class 2A’s top 10-ranked girls basketball teams won Tuesday — Black Hills (15-2 overall) with a 75-38 win over Capital, and River Ridge (15-3) with a 76-45 tips over Centralia — to set up Friday’s showdown between the No. 6 Wolves and No. 4 Hawks at 6 p.m. at River Ridge. Black Hills won the teams’ first meeting, 62-61.
The Aberdeen girls overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit to down Tumwater, 55-52, behind Emily Fisher’s game-high 27 points. Ashley Christoffer led the T-Birds (5-12 overall, 2-7 EvCo) with 19 points.The Olympian