Russ Riches didn't get the start he wanted.
But the Yelm girls basketball coach got the finish he desired as his team rallied from a 22-20 halftime deficit to beat Lincoln, 53-44, on Friday in 3A Narrows League basketball.
“We just finally shut down their big scorer in the third quarter,” Riches said. “And the biggest thing was we took advantage of the offense rebounds.”
Yelm scored 19 points off 27 offensive rebounds.
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Sophomore post Anushka Maldonado led Yelm with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Jaynani Cababat added 18 points.
Yelm (7-4, 1-0 league) went on a 16-7 run in the third quarter to take control of the game. The Tornados led by 15 points in the fourth quarter and Richest emptied his bench.
Olympia 55, Gig Harbor 52 (OT): Kara Sherman scored 14 points, and Olympia outscored Gig Harbor 11-8 in overtime to pull out the win.
The game was close throughout. The score was tied 18-18 at halftime, 33-33 after three quarters and 44-44 after regulation play.
Jenna DeWalt led Gig Harbor with 31 points.
Wilson 63, Capital 48: Outscored 23-11 in the first quarter, Capital was forced to play catch-up the rest of the game.
The Cougars outscored Wilson by three over the next two quarters, but the Rams pulled away in the fourth by outscoring Capital 16-10.
Tumwater 71, North Thurston 28: Senior center MacKenzie Cooper scored 24 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Thunderbirds (10-0), who led 25-7 after the first quarter.
“It was very intense defense, great passes up the floor and good ball movement,” Tumwater coach David Littleton said.
River Ridge 70, Black Hills 52: Jasmine McDonald scored 23 points, and Necy Wade added 19, leading the Hawks to the lopsided win.
River Ridge led 37-26 at halftime and 57-45 going into the final quarter.
Wilson 63, Capital 59: The Rams jumped out to a 20-12 lead after the first quarter and led 32-27 at halftime.
Colin Bossio led Capital with 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting. He was the only Cougar to finish in double figures. Phoenix Waters led Wilson with 26 points, and Kevin Johnson added 17.
Capital had a 43-28 rebounding edge but committed 20 turnovers to Wilson’s 11.
Foss 45, Timberline 43: Timberline got off to a fast start and led 13-6 after the first quarter but the Blazers faltered in the third quarter.
The Falcons outscored Timberline 19-10 in the third quarter, and the Blazers trailed 34-31 going into the final quarter.
Senior D.J. Dorsey led Timberline with 17 points.
Mount Tahoma 85, Shelton 56: The Highclimbers tired in the fourth quarter and were outscored 25-7 in the blowout loss. Berry Peterson led Shelton with 22 points.
Lincoln 68, Yelm 46: The Abes scored 22 points in the second and fourth quarters to pull away from the Tornados
Senior guard Brandt Hetland scored 18 points to lead Yelm.