Timberline got off to a slow start against Yelm on Friday.
But the host Blazers caught fire in the second half, scoring 50 points on the way to a 74-66 victory in a Western Cascade Conference boys basketball game.
Timberline held Yelm to a 3-pointer in the first quarter but led only 8-3 at end of the period. Yelm exploded for 23 points in the second quarter and led 26-24 at halftime.
“I liked how we started defensively,” Timberline coach Mike Tafoya said. “Then we fell asleep in the second quarter.”
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But Timberline woke again in the third quarter when the Blazers outscored Yelm, 18-8, and pulled away from there.
“Our emphasis in the third quarter was don’t beat ourselves,” Tafoya said. “We turned the ball over too much in the first half. We just wanted to take care of the basketball.”
Tyler Brown led Timberline with a season-high 16 points. Alex Beal added 15, and Austin Kleinhans had 14 for the Blazers.
“We’re showing some balance,” Tafoya said. “We’re not just having to rely on one player. Our scoring output has been solid.”
Yelm buried six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and 12 for the game. The Tornados had more 3-pointers than two-pointers.
Timberline improved to 7-5 overall and 1-0 in conference.
Brandt Hetland led Yelm with 20 points, and Jordan McCloud and Jonas Chambers added 14 each. Chambers caught fire late and scored all his points in the final quarter as he hit four 3-pointers for the Tornados (2-9, 0-1).
Tumwater 69, Hoquiam 58: The Thunderbirds got off to a sluggish start and trailed 16-6 after the first quarter before making a wild comeback.
“We just weren’t finding the right spots to attack early on,” Tumwater coach Curtis Medved said. “We were too passive and we weren’t rebounding well.”
Kyle Warner led Tumwater with 19 points, one more than his season average. Demetrius Jones scored eight of his 13 points in the final quarter for the Thunderbirds, who improved to 6-4 overall and 4-0 in the 2A Evergreen Conference.
“We played with purpose in the third quarter,” Medved said. “We put them away in the fourth.”
Tumwater’s Nick Skinner sprained an ankle in the third quarter and didn’t return.
Mount Tahoma 78, Shelton 62: The Highclimbers trailed 45-29 at halftime after giving up 26 points in the second quarter and never got closer than eight points against the Thunderbirds.
“We hit a couple of threes and shot the ball much better in the third quarter,” Shelton coach Mark Jensen said.
River Ridge 58, Centralia 43: Joel King scored 19 points, and the Hawks continued to pull away in the second half.
The Hawks held Centralia to just six points in the second quarter.
Yelm 64, Timberline 52: Clinging to a 14-13 lead after the first quarter, the Tornados outscored the Blazers 32-21 over the next two quarters to put the game away.
Kaitlin Smith led Yelm with 13 points.
Camile Williams led Timberline with 16 points, and Sophie McKee added 15.
Capital 57, North Thurston 43: Tosha Hollingsworth scored a game-high 23 points, and Kelsey Antles and Kendell Wilkerson added 11 points each for the Cougars.
Sophomore guard Catie Mets led North Thurston with 17 points and sophomore guard Ciara Williams added 11.
Olympia 65, South Kitsap 52: The Bears trailed 14-12 after the first quarter before finding their offense and earning a victory over the Wolves.
Olympia had three players finish in double figures. Junior guard Olivia Rethwill, a second-team all-league pick last season, led the Bears with 15 points. Marnie Brown added 13, and Lauren Herseth had 11.