Olympia overcame foul trouble and a tough Stadium defense to pull out a 68-58 victory Friday to remain undefeated in 4A Narrows League boys basketball.
Olympia led 32-20 at halftime, but the Bears’ two top scorers, Alex Weber-Brader and Jamey Smith, went to the bench in the third quarter after getting into foul trouble.
That helped Stadium outscore the Bears 23-13 in the period.
“We were missing 46 points per game all of a sudden when Alex and Jamey went to the bench,” Olympia coach Luke Salme said. “Stadium then went ahead.”
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Olympia regained the lead, and Weber-Brader and Smith returned in the fourth quarter to help Bears open the period with a decisive 16-4 run.
Smith led the Bears with 20 points, Weber-Brader added 19, and Marcus Raschkow scored 17.
“Jamey has gotten so much better understanding the point guard role,” Salme said. “He’s the main reason why we’ve had such a turnaround. He’s figured out how to get everyone involved and still be a scoring threat.”
Olympia (14-1, 9-0 4A Narrows) plays at second-place Bellarmine Prep on Wednesday. The Bears won their first meeting, 69-54.
Timberline 50, Yelm 42: Guard Austin Kleinhans and J.R. Chaney scored 12 points each for Timberline, which held the Tornados to four points in the second quarter and led 21-11 at halftime.
Foss 66, Capital 49: Capital trailed 49-25 going into the fourth quarter, and the Cougars couldn’t climb out of the hole they had dug for themselves, despite scoring 24 points in the final period.
Alex Smith led Capital with 14 points, and Colin Bossio added 13. Desmond Trent led Foss with 26 points.
Timberline 66, Yelm 48: Timberline coach Zandrea Edenstrom got a pleasant surprise when her undefeated Blazers blew past Yelm in a 3A Narrows League game.
“I was really nervous for this game,” said Edenstrom, whose team improved to 15-0. “I was expecting a close game, but our girls played amazing defense.”
Timberline jumped out to a 25-4 lead after the first quarter as the Tornados had no answer for the Blazers’ full-court pressure.
“We forced a lot of turnovers,” Edenstrom said.
Sasha Weber led Timberline with 18 points, and Camille Williams scored 13.
“Sasha played great,” Edenstrom said. “She passed. She drove. She did it all.”
Anushka Maldonado led Yelm with 16 points.
Capital 58, Foss 16: Capital held Foss to just two points in each of the last two quarters in a blowout victory.
Capital led 38-12 at halftime, then clamped down on defense.
“I talked with their coach before the game,” Capital coach Colleen Wells said. “I told him that my girls were going to work hard, and he said that was good because that’s the only way his team was going to get better.”
Kendel Wilkerson led Capital (8-7, 2-3 3A Narrows) with 22 points.
“We didn’t try to run it up,” Wells said. “We were just trying to get better.”