Everything the Olympia High School boys didn’t want to happen Wednesday night in Tacoma happened — and happened a lot.
The Bears struggled finding the hoop, were outplayed on the glass and gave up plenty of points in transition to a speedy, physical ninth-ranked Skyview team.
It all culminated in a 57-27 loss in a 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament consolation-round game at Mount Tahoma High School.
After knocking out two 4A SPSL rivals in Rogers and Puyallup in back-to-back games to keep their state-playoff hopes alive, Wednesday’s loss sends the Bears right back to a loser-out situation later this week.
“We’re frustrated,” Olympia coach John Kiley said. “We were humbled tonight. They’re a good team, and they make you uncomfortable.
“I think we got uncomfortable, and then had a hard time getting into any kind of groove, especially offensively.”
Olympia matched Skyview’s intensity early, eventually taking an 11-10 lead into the second quarter. But that’s where everything fell apart.
The Storm rattled off six unanswered baskets — including three 3-pointers — before the half, taking a double-digit lead. The Bears didn’t score in the second quarter, shooting 0 of 8 from the floor and losing six turnovers.
“We needed to make some baskets,” Kiley said. “That second quarter, we had some looks and we didn’t make any. That could have changed some things.”
Nearly three minutes into the third quarter, Andrew Lindsay ended Olympia’s nearly 11-minute scoring drought when he cut through the paint for an easy layup.
But the damage had already been done.
Skyview continued to score, and kept the lead hovering around 20 points for much of the second half. The Storm pushed it to 30 pointers with a 15-4 run in the final six minutes to close the game.
Jovon Sewell scored a game-high 15 points for Skyview, while Samaad Hector added 11. Nine different players scored for the Storm.
No player scored in double digits for the Bears. Ketner Young led Olympia with seven points.
“At times (this season) we’ve started playing really well,” Kiley said. “It’s figuring out how this group can get the ball in the basket a little bit more, because that really sets us up.”
Olympia (15-10) plays in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Mount Tahoma. The Bears last reached the state regionals in 2012.
“We will come back tomorrow galvanized,” Kiley said.
3A WC/SOUTHWEST GIRLS
Kelso 60, Yelm 42: The Hilanders were in control most of the way at Clover Park High School, ending Yelm’s season one game short of the state playoffs.
Freshman guard My’Kel Jones was the lone scorer in double figures for the Tornados (10-14), who were eliminated in a 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament consolation game.
Yelm took a 5-0 lead early, but was passed midway through the first quarter and Kelso pulled away.
Peninsula 54, Timberline 47: Renee Doss drilled a 3-pointer with 35.9 seconds to play to give the Seahawks the lead, and the Blazers never recovered at Clover Park High School, seeing their season end one game short of the state playoffs.
Belle Frazier, who led the Seahawks with 23 points, scored Peninsula’s final four points from the free throw line to eliminate Timberline (16-8) in a consolation-round game.
The Blazers rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to take as much as a five-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Peninsula finished the game on a 16-4 run.
Keshara Romain led Timberline with 16 points in her final game, while Kiara Brooks added 15. Kirsten Ritchie pitched in 12 points for the Seahawks.
1A SOUTHWEST GIRLS
No. 4 La Center 54, No. 7 Elma 50: The Eagles made a fourth-quarter comeback, but couldn’t catch the Wildcats in the 1A Southwest District title game.
Elma (20-2) has to win a loser-out game against 1A Evergreen Conference rival Montesano (16-7) on Saturday at Kelso High School to advance to the state playoffs.
The two programs split during the regular season, with Elma securing the No. 1 seed out of the league by a slim point differential.
Note: Reported box scores for district-playoff games are available at preps.theolympian.com.
Contributing writer Dave Weber contributed to this report.