North Thurston junior guard Catie Mets made two free throws with 10 seconds left to help lift the Rams to a 51-48 victory at Black Hills on Tuesday night in 2A Evergreen Conference girls basketball.
“It was a battle the whole way,” North Thurston coach Alana Olson said. “It’s a big win for us.”
North Thurston’s Elyssa Quichocho made a layup on a back-door play with less than a minute left to give the Rams a 49-46 lead.
“They executed the play perfectly,” Olson said. “They ran the play all the way through. We worked the clock pretty well.”
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Black Hills came right back and scored on Hope Mortensen’s basket to pull to 49-48. Mets’ two free throws sealed the outcome.
Mets led North Thurston with 17 points, five above her season average. Ciara Williams and Quichocho added 10 points each.
“Catie stepped up in the fourth quarter,” Olson said. “She’s had some big games for us.”
North Thurston improved to 5-13 overall and 4-7 in the EvCo.
The Rams hold the fourth and final playoff spot with one game left.
Rainier 59, Tenino 35: Junior center Kara Schoenherr led Rainier with 17 points, and her sister, senior wing Kristen Schoenherr, added 14.
Junior center Lauren McMullen added 11 points for the Mountaineers.
Junior guard Kaitlin Forest led Tenino with eight points.
Northwest Christian 61, Raymond 40: Brian Chase scored a game-high 19 points and Cole Van Lierop added 14 as the Navigators (16-3) clinched the Pacific 2B title.
“It’s our first outright league title,” Northwest Christian coach Rick Fox said. “We had a co-title in ’04. That may have been why we were a little excited.”
Northwest Christian held Raymond to one basket in the second quarter and led at halftime, 27-14.
“We came out with a trap in the second, that was a big reason why we were able to shut them down,” Fox said “The trap worked. We got quite a few turnovers.”
Northwest Christian plays its regular-season finale Friday at home against Willapa Valley. The Navigators get a first-round bye for the district playoffs and play Feb. 12.
North Thurston 69, Black Hills 36: Junior guard Landon Rushton scored 23 points and Ben Broeker added 13 as the Rams beat the Wolves.
North Thurston led 38-18 at halftime.
“We turned up the defense and got some steals,” Rams coach Tim Brown said. “And we never looked back.”
The Rams finish off their regular season at home against River Ridge at 7:30 p.m. Friday.