LAKEWOOD — A lot of little things added up to the Timberline Blazers’ season ending loss Monday night in the opening-round of the 3A West Central/Southwest district girls basketball tournament.
For starters, a sluggish first half against Lakes — 8-for-29 shooting (including 1 of 12 on 3-pointers) with eight turnovers — led to an early hole.
Second was the disparity in free throws with Lakes going 27-for-35 and Timberline 10-for-20.
Despite a late rally by the Blazers to go in front of the Lancers with 90 seconds remaining in the game, Lakes handed Timberline a 59-55 loss at Clover Park High School to end its season in the first round of the district tournament for the second consecutive year.
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, Wash.
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 would’ve 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, who scored a game-high 20 points, and junior Callan Russell, who chipped in 14, Timberline sparked some newly found energy in the second half after trailing the Lancers 24-17 at halftime.
After Myhand’s jumper made it 33-30 approaching the end of the third quarter, neither team had more than a four-point lead the rest of the game. In a seven-second span, when the Blazers scored five points off Sara Bowen’s 3-pointer and a Russell steal and bucket, Timberline’s lead was 51-49 with 1:33 remaining in the game.
But the Blazers ran into foul trouble, with Russell and Nia Warner fouling out with 90 seconds to go.
That in part, killed Timberline’s momentum, according to Edenstrom, as Lakes went on to sink 7 of 11 free throws in the final minute-and-a-half.
“They set the speed and the pace of what we’re doing,” Edenstrom said of Russell and Warner.
Olivia Crawford, Auzhane Johnson and Kaytlan Soriano each had 15 points for the Lancers.
Columbia River 39, North Thurston 28: The Chieftains of Vancouver ended the Rams’ season at 9-11, after North Thurston lost in the opening round of the 3A West Central/Southwest district tournament.
2A DISTRICT IV
Mark Morris 61, River Ridge 36: With a berth to regionals on the line, the semifinal pitted two Class 2A teams ranked in the top five, and the No. 1-ranked Monarchs went on a 12-4 run at the start of the second half to beat the Hawks in Kelso.
The win sends Mark Morris to play W.F. West Friday at 6 p.m. for the district title 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.
W.F. West will play No. 1-ranked Mark Morris for the district title.
The Wolves (17-6) face Centralia, which eliminated Washougal, 58-47, Wednesday at 6 p.m. at W.F. West in a loser-out game.
2B DISTRICT IV
Northwest Christian 42, Raymond 41: The Navigators, who were beaten twice by the Seagulls in the regular season, held off a fourth-quarter rally and upset Raymond in the consolation bracket of the 2B District IV tournament in Rochester.
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