LACEY - What a difference a game makes.
One game after playing poorly in a loss to Aberdeen on Tuesday, Tumwater responded in a big way with a 53-48 2A Evergreen Conference boys basketball victory over North Thurston on Thursday night.
North Thurston led much of the game and took a five-point lead into halftime. The Rams built their lead to 12 in the third quarter before the Thunderbirds rallied in the final quarter.
“They really hurt us in transition in the first half,” Tumwater coach Curtis Medved said. “ Once we made adjustments, they had a hard time scoring. We won because of the defense.”
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Zach Boede led Tumwater with 15 points, followed by Kyle Warner’s eight.
Landon Rushton had a team-high 19 to lead North Thurston.
River Ridge 58, Black Hills 53: Charlie Conner led River Ridge with a team-high 18 points, including 8-of-11 free-throw shooting, as the Hawks earned their third straight win.
River Ridge had a 10-point lead in the third quarter, but free-throw shooting (18-of-27) made the difference.
Issac Lucas added 16 points for the Hawks, and Brad Wallace had 12.
Black Hills was led by Jared Pauly with 16 points and Anye Turner’s 11.
Hoquiam 50, Rainier 32: The Grizzlies picked up steam after the first quarter, nearly doubling up the Mountaineers in the final three quarters. Senior guard Matt Tietjen had 10 points for Rainier, which dropped its fourth straight game.
Northwest Christian 48, Ocosta 36: Junior guard Kami Bates scored a team-high 17 points, and freshman forward Mackenzie Reeves had 11 in the Navigators’ Pacific 2B win over Ocosta.
Northwest Christian (5-6) snapped a two-game skid.
Tumwater 64, North Thurston 12: The Thunderbirds won 12 matches, eight by a pin, in an EvCo dual victory over the Rams.
Daniel Page and Riley Prentice, both ranked No. 2 in 2A in their weights, won by pins over Justin Savard and Riley Travis.
Easton Hargrave, the top-ranked 189-pound wrestler in 2A, had the quickest pin of the match (49 seconds) over Christian Ruvalcaba.
Capital, Olympia drop double duals: Capital’s Nyle Taylor won two individual events (50 free, 100 free), and swam a state-qualifying time in the 100 free (49.81) in a double-dual meet loss to Central Kitsap and Gig Harbor. The Cougars lost to Central Kitsap, 102-68, and fell to Gig Harbor, 128-54. Taylor won two of Capital’s three events – the other coming from Jacob Williams in the 100 butterfly (58.13).