Trailing 18-15 after the first quarter, River Ridge rallied behind a hustling defense and the shooting of Brad Wallace, to claim a 64-52 victory Tuesday over Chehalis in a Class 2A Evergreen Conference boys basketball game.
River Ridge led 31-28 at halftime.
With Wallace scoring nine of his team-leading 17 points in the third quarter, the Hawks outscored Chehalis 19-5 and took a 50-33 lead heading into the final period.
“We weren’t communicating on defense early on and they were hitting their shots,” River Ridge coach Jeremy Landram said. “It was a good win.”
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Junior guard Rahmel Moton had 15 points for River Ridge, and 6-foot-5 senior forward Isaac Lucas added 12 points.
Tumwater 69, Aberdeen 57: Josh Hanson and Daniel Hinkle scored 12 points each, and four Tumwater players finished in double figures, helping the Thunderbirds remain atop the league standings.
Aberdeen beat Tumwater three weeks ago for the T-Birds’ lone league loss.
“It was nice to get them back,” Tumwater coach Curtis Medved said. “They responded to adversity. We had a great first quarter.”
Tumwater (7-1 EvCo) led 19-9 after the first quarter and 35-30 at halftime.
Onalaska 53, Rainier 33: The Mountaineers trailed 14-7 after the first quarter and 22-8 in the second quarter in losing to the Loggers.
“They’re No. 2 in state for a reason,” Rainier coach Josh Frunz said. “Onalaska runs their offense well. Even when we cheated defensively to cover things, they still beat us.”
Chris Ashby led Rainier (10-7, 7-4) with eight points and seven rebounds.
River Ridge 59, Chehalis 52: River Ridge led 22-10 after the first quarter and 32-18 at halftime, but the Bearcats wouldn’t go away.
Chehalis cut the Hawks’ lead to 50-47. But River Ridge took a 56-52 lead on Jennifer Cole’s basket with 1:50 left.
Necy Wade led River Ridge with 23 points, and Jasmine McDonald added 22.
“I was really happy about the win, but we can play better,” River Ridge coach Tom Kelly said.
Centralia 55, North Thurston 47: North Thurston tied the score at 45 with two minutes left but couldn’t pull out a win on the road.
The Rams went 1-for-17 from the field in the fourth quarter.
“That hurt,” Rams coach Alana Olson said. “They went into a two-three zone and we just couldn’t hit anything from the outside.”
Tumwater 62, Aberdeen 42: Jordyn Richardson and Tayler Weiks scored 14 points each, and Carly McIsaac scored 12 off the bench, lifting the Thunderbirds to the win.
Tumwater, beating the Bobcats for the second time this season, improved to 13-2 overall and 6-2 in league.