RAINIER - Thanks in big part to Brandon Eygabroad's season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, Rainier snapped a five-game losing skid with a 64-48 victory over Tenino in a Southwest Washington 1A Evergreen boys basketball game Tuesday night.
“It was like a breath of fresh air,” Rainier coach Josh Frunz said of the win. “The kids were a little more aggressive defensively, and did a good job with assignments off the bat. Offensively, the chemistry was there.”
Eygabroad, a senior wing, had his best game of the season as the Mountaineers improved to 5-6 overall, and 3-3 in league. But not to be outdone was Tenino sophomore Devante Harris, who poured in a game-high 27 points.
The Mountaineers’ defense came up with big stops in the second quarter, holding the visiting Beavers to four points on the way to a 31-18 halftime lead.
“Our defensive effort was the difference in the game,” Frunz said.
The 64 points scored ties a season high for Rainier, which averaged 36.2 points a game during its five-game losing streak.
The only other Rainier player in double figures was senior Chris Ashby, who finished with 12 points.
North Thurston 52, Black Hills 42 (OT): The Rams’ fourth-quarter surge continued into overtime, as they outscored the Wolves 12-2 in the extra session to earn their second victory in as many games.
Catie Mets paced the North Thurston with a game-high 19 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
“She stepped up in the stretch,” Rams coach Alana Olson said. “She stepped up and decided that she would do what it took to get it done.”
North Thurston trailed 34-27 going into the fourth quarter, then outscored the Wolves 13-6 to tie the game at 40 and force overtime.
Olson also credited the play of post Jordyn Colburn, who made her first start of the season. Colburn had 12 points and eight rebounds, as North Thurston was down three regular starters because of injuries and team issues.
“She was key for us, and gave us the extra rebounding,” Olson said.
Northwest Christian 54, Willapa Valley 44: Junior point guard Kami Bates had a career night, scoring 30 points in the Navigators’ Pacific 2B road victory over the Vikings. The win puts Northwest Christian at 3-3 in league, and 6-7 overall.
Bates is Northwest Christian’s leading scorer this season. Her previous career-high was 27 in an overtime loss to Tacoma Baptist on Dec. 7.
The Navigators had a 32-30 lead at halftime, then outscored host Willapa Valley 22-16 over the final two quarters.
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