LAKEWOOD – A lot of little things added up to the Timberline Blazers’ season ending Monday night in the opening-round of the 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district girls basketball tournament.
For starters, a sluggish first half against Lakes – 8 for 29 shooting (including 1 of 12 on 3s) with eight turnovers – led to an early hole. Second, were free throws: Lakes 27 for 35; Timberline 10 for 20.
Despite a Timberline late-game comeback with a lead in the final 90 seconds, Lakes handed the Blazers a 59-55 loss at Clover Park High School to end their season for the second straight year in the first round of the bi-district tournament.
While the Blazers, runners-up in the 3A Narrows League, finish the season 13-8 overall, Lakes advances to play Prairie in the double-elimination portion of the tournament Wednesday in Vancouver.
Timberline coach Zandrea Edenstrom said her team played “cautious” in the first half, which led to an uphill climb for most of the second half.
“I think if we would’ve played like we did in the second half,” Edenstrom said, “it wouldv’e been a different story. They fought hard in the second half and did what they were supposed to do. Lakes brought it the entire time and brought it to win, and that’s what killed us.”
Behind senior Linae Myhand (game-high 20 points) and junior Callan Russell (14), it sparked the new-found second-half energy for the Blazers after trailing 24-17 at the break. After Myhand’s jumper made it 33-30 approaching the end of the third quarter, neither team had more than a 4-point lead the rest of the way. And in a 7-second span, when the Blazers scored five points off a Sara Bowen 3 and a Russell steal and bucket, Timberline’s lead was 51-49 with 1:33 remaining in the game. But the Blazers played the final 90 seconds without Russell and Nia Warner, who both fouled out.
That, in part, killed the Blazers’ momentum, Edenstrom said, as Lakes went on to sink 7 of 11 of their free throws in the final 1:33.
“They set the speed and the pace of what we’re doing,” Edenstrom said of Russell and Warner.
Twenty-seven of the Lancers’ 59 points (45 percent) were scored at the line, as Olivia Crawford, Auzhane Johnson and Kaytlan Soriano had 15 points apiece.
Columbia River 39, North Thurston 28: The Chieftains of Vancouver ended North Thurston's season at 9-11 with a loss in the opening-round of the 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament.
2A District IV
Mark Morris 61, River Ridge 36: In a battle of Class 2A’s top 5-ranked teams matching up with a regional berth on the line, the No. 1-ranked Monarchs started the second half on a 12-4 run on its way to the semifinal victory in Kelso. The win sends Mark Morris to Friday’s 6 p.m. district title game against W.F. West at Saint Martin’s University. River Ridge, which snapped its eight-game winning streak with the loss, faces Hockinson, which eliminated Aberdeen on Monday, in a loser-out game Wednesday at a location to be determined.
W.F. West 71, Black Hills 34: After a 14-all tie in the first quarter, the No. 2-ranked Bearcats, paced by Tiana Parker’s 20 points and seven rebounds, cruised to a district semifinal win over the Wolves and a matchup with No. 1-ranked Mark Morris for Friday’s 6 p.m. district title game. The Wolves (17-6) face Centralia, which eliminated Washougal, 58-47, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at W.F. West in a loser-out game.
2B District IV
Northwest Christian 42, Raymond 41: The Navigators held off the Seagulls’ late fourth-quarter rally and upset Raymond, a team that swept Northwest Christian twice during the regular-season, in the consolation bracket of the 2B District IV tournament in Rochester. Northwest Christian (9-13) advances to face Napavine at 8 p.m. Wednesday back at Rochester.