Eric Wilson scored eight of his season-high 21 points in the first quarter, leading North Thurston to an 80-48 victory Tuesday at Centralia.
The Rams, using full-court pressure and a hustling defense, jumped out to a 20-9 lead by the end of the first quarter.
“Everyone was scoring in the first quarter,” North Thurston coach Tim Brown said. “We pressured it, pressed them and we got some easy layups.”
North Thurston led 46-28 at halftime and Brown reminded his team about not letting up.
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“We’ve had some second-half meltdowns,” he said.
North Thurston’s Landon Rushton, a senior and a first-team all-league guard last season, had 17 points and Ben Broeker added 10.
With the win, North Thurston improved to 10-1 overall, 2-1 in the 2A Evergreen Conference. The Rams’ lone loss came against Chehalis.
Northwest Christian 79, Ocosta 35: Trailing 12-10 after the first quarter, Northwest Christian exploded for 28 points in the second quarter and a 38-19 halftime lead.
The Navigators continued to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring Ocosta 26-7 to take a 64-26 lead going into the final period.
Zach Carras led Northwest Christian with 16 points and Brian Chase added 15.
River Ridge 72, Chehalis 59: Rahmel Moton, Charlie Conner and Brad Wallace combined for 57 points and River Ridge improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the 2A Evergreen Conference.
River Ridge led 15-9 after the first quarter and 30-20 at halftime.
“It was a win, but it wasn’t pretty,” River Ridge coach Jeremy Landram said. “We didn’t execute so hot. They did a good job of handling our pressure. We did a good job of rebounding against them, that helped.”
Moton sank a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the third quarter to give the Hawks a 48-37 lead.
Moton led the Hawks with 21 points. Conner added 19 and Wallace had 17.
Yasser Khan led Chehalis with 22 points.
Chehalis never got closer than eight points in the fourth quarter.
“We got ahead by as many as 16,” Landram said. “Our guard play was really good. We did a good job at times of moving the ball.”
Aberdeen 70, Tumwater 57: Aberdeen blew out to a 22-15 lead after the first quarter and continued to pull away in the second half.
The Bobcats outscored the Thunderbirds 16-6 in the fourth quarter.
North Thurston 120, Timberline 63: Nathan Anderson and Cameron Peterson were double winners, leading North Thurston to a lopsided win against its rival.
Anderson won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.1 and the 500 freestyle in 5:35.7.
Peterson won the 200 individual medley in 2:15.0 and the 100 butterfly in 59.3.
Erik Solveson won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.5 and swam legs on two winning relays.
North Thurston won 11 of the 12 events.