LACEY - Despite a slow start for half of the first quarter, the Timberline Blazers' offense picked up steam and rolled to a 67-49 Narrows League 3A girls basketball victory over Capital on Wednesday night.
Junior post Cymone Martin and senior guard Camille Williams shared game-high honors with 18 points each, and Sasha Weber added 12 for the Blazers, who improve to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in league.
Timberline, which debuted at No. 4 in The Associated Press Class 3A state rankings released Wednesday, struggled offensively through the first four minutes of the game. Capital scored 10 consecutive points to start the game before Martin’s 3-point play broke the Blazers’ drought. Timberline took its first lead – 27-26 on Williams’ lay-in with 4 minutes, 16 seconds left in the second quarter – and never trailed again. Williams scored nine points in the final four minutes of the first half to help Timberline grab a 33-28 halftime lead, then outscored the Cougars 34-21 over the final two quarters.
Kelsey Antles led Capital (6-6, 0-2) with 16 points.
Mount Tahoma 67, Olympia 63: Despite 17 points apiece from Kara Sherman and Tessa Briggs, the Bears couldn’t counter the Thunderbirds’ Deborah Anderson, who scored a game-high 38 points.
Olympia trailed early, 31-10 after the first quarter, and 45-22 at halftime.
Wilson 58, Yelm 36: The Rams held the Tornados to single-digit scoring in the first and third quarters en route to a Narrows 3A win. Jaynani Cababat had 14 points to pace Yelm, which was outscored 18-2 in the first quarter.
Olympia 59, Mount Tahoma 55: The Bears remain unbeaten – 6-0 – in the 4A Narrows League after winning a close one on the road against the Thunderbirds.
Making plays down the stretch was the difference for Olympia. Kyle Steen had a big steal and lay-in that broke a tie at 55 with 40 seconds left, and Jamey Smith made two free throws to secure the victory. Alex Weber-Brader led the way for the Bears with 21 points, and Smith finished with 17.
“We handled their pressure and were piecing together a few stops,” Olympia coach Luke Salme said. “We needed that (win).”
Capital 67, Timberline 53: Senior guard Colin Bossio scored a game-high 26 points, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range as the Cougars beat the Blazers for their first Narrows 3A victory.
Timberline had the lead at halftime, 23-22, before Capital turned up the offense, scoring 45 second-half points. Capital shot 42.9 percent for the game, connecting on 21 of 49 field goals.
Austin Kleinhans led the Blazers with 14 points, and Cooper Podowicz and Junior Chaney added 11 apiece.
North Thurston 105, Aberdeen 75: The Rams completed a season sweep of the defending District IV champion Bobcats. North Thurston also won the teams’ dual meet back in September.
The Rams won seven events, including all three relays. The 400-meter freestyle relay team of Nathan Anderson, Brady Neeley, Erik Solveson and Cameron Peterson recorded a state-qualifying time of 3 minutes, 33.83 seconds. Peterson also swam a state-qualifying time in the 100 butterfly (57.05).
Centralia 54, Black Hills 15: The visiting Tigers dominated, earning 11 victories in the 13 weight classes.
Capital’s Tabbutt grabs four firsts: Cougars senior Mia Tabbutt won the all-around with 35.8 points at a meet at Auburn High School. Tabbutt placed first in bars (7.8), floor (9.55) and vault (9.15) as well as third in beam (8.7). Katie Thompson was second on bars (7.0), and Hannah Armitidge was third on floor (9.05).