Less than a week ago, Timberline High School dropped a crushing loss to the second-ranked team in 3A.
Prairie shot lights-out, limited the Blazers to four field goals in the contest and held them to their worst scoring performance of the season.
Timberline coach Tim Borchardt’s message to his players after that game? Just flush it.
“I think they did a really good job of forgetting about it,” Borchardt said. “Right after it ended, I told them this game was exaclty what it was. It was terrible. It’s not indicative of who you are. We need to move on and be ready to go for Monday.”
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Timberline rallied from the loss, and was ready Monday night in Tacoma.
Paced by double-digit performances from Rayanna Dyas and Keshara Romain, the the Blazers topped crosstown rival North Thurston for the third time this season, 42-33, at Foss High School.
“Every time we play Thurston, we always come out aggressive,” said Romain, who scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds.
This time, the Blazers ended North Thurston’s season with the win, and survived to advance in the consolation bracket of the 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament.
Timberline (16-7) needs one more win to secure its first state-playoff berth since 2014. The Blazers have advanced to the state regionals three times in their history, but have never made it to the Tacoma Dome.
“Our mindset is to get to the Dome,” Romain said.
The Blazers are still on the right path after holding off the Rams (11-12) on Monday night.
Timberline held a 21-12 lead at the half, but North Thurston stormed back in the third quarter with 16 points.
Jaclynann Reid, who scored 11 points, twice gave the Rams the lead in the second half on timely 3-pointers.
“She really stepped up tonight and hit some big 3-pointers. That helped them,” Borchardt said. “That’s another person who can score.”
Rokki Brown also scored 11 points for the Rams, while Brooklyn Harn chipped in nine.
But Timberline stymied the late comeback with six minutes, four seconds to play in the fourth quarter, when Dyas hit a 3-pointer to give the Blazers the lead for good.
Dyas added 10 points for the Blazers, while Mia Harriott had eight.
Timberline moves on to play in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Clover Park High School.
Yelm 78, Wilson 64: The Tornados ended the Rams’ season and advanced in a consolation game at Clover Park.
Kaitlin Jewell poured in a game-high 22 points for Yelm, while Maddie Plevyak scored 17.
“(Jewell) was able to get quite a bit on the fast break. They were overplaying defensively and she was able to get behind them,” Yelm coach Russ Riches said.
“Plevyak has been steady all season long. She makes the big shots, she’s gritty and gives us what we need from the floor leadership standpoint.”
Riches said Yelm’s solid rebounding effort made the biggest difference in the win, and the Tornados never gave the Rams extra opportunities to score.
“We owned the boards,” he said. “That was the biggest key. We zoned them quite a bit tonight. We didn’t feel like they were going to beat us from the outside, so we took away the paint and made them take shots.”
Freshman My’Kel Jones pitched in 15 points for the Tornados, while Haylee Sleeman had 10.
Four players scored in double figures for Wilson. Freshmen Bryanna Birge and Aaliyah Walker scored 14 apiece for the Rams, while Kiara Maxwell had 11 and Hope Lalau added 10.
Riches said it was fun to see his players succeed in a “gut check” moment. The Tornados were getting tired in the fourth quarter, but still created separation.
“It was a fun ball game, and a great game to give ourselves another shot at state,” Riches said. “We took one more step.”
Yelm (10-13) plays in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Clover Park. The Tornados haven’t advanced to the state playoffs since 2013.
2A SOUTHWEST GIRLS
No. 6 Black Hills 57, Columbia River 31: The Wolves are headed back to the 2A Southwest District tournament title game, and get a chance to defend their championship from a year ago.
They also punched their ticket to the 2A state regionals.
Alexa Bovenkamp scored a game-high 12 points for Black Hills in the semifinals win at Mark Morris High School.
Jordyn Bender added 11 points for the Wolves, while Maisy Williams had 10 and Lindsey Nurmi chipped in nine.
Black Hills (18-4) will play 2A Evergreen Conference rival W.F. West (20-2) for the district title at 6 p.m. Friday at Saint Martin’s University.
No. 1 W.F. West 95, Mark Morris 37: The Bearcats will meet the Wolves for the third time this season Friday at SMU.
W.F. West, which has been the top-ranked team in 2A for most of the season, blew by the Monarchs at R.A. Long High School in the semifinals to secure a second consecutive district title game berth, and a guaranteed trip to the state regionals.
For the second time in the last week, the Bearcats broke the 2A Southwest District tournament’s single-game scoring record.
W.F. West won both of its regular-season matchups against Black Hills by more than 30 points.
Woodland 69, Centralia 59: Woodland ended Centralia’s season in a loser-out game at Mark Morris High School.
The Tigers finish their season at 13-9.
Note: Reported box scores for district-playoff games are available at preps.theolympian.com.