Tumwater's hustling, full-court defensive pressure held Black Hills to 13 points in the second half, sparking the Thunderbirds' 67-34 win Friday in 2A Evergreen Conference girls basketball.
“Our team plays such tough defense. They’ve really bought into it,” coach Dave Littleton said after Tumwater built on a 31-24 halftime lead.
Jordyn Richardson led Tumwater with 15 points, Haley Vandenhazel added 13, and Katie Bergquist had 12.
“Jordyn drove well and she hit the jumper well,” Littleton said. “She’s been picking it up the last couple of weeks.”
Capital 68, Lincoln 49: Kelsey Antles and Aria Goodman scored 14 points each, leading Capital to a blowout victory over the Abes.
Capital, which trailed 19-15 after one quarter, pulled away from a 31-all halftime score by holding Lincoln to six points in the third quarter.
“We’re playing our best ball right now,” Capital coach Colleen Wells said. “We’re making the right passes and making our shots.”
Capital shot 50 percent (27-for-54) from the field and 93 percent (14-for-15) from the free-throw line.
River Ridge 84, North Thurston 27: River Ridge led 30-8 after the first quarter and continued to pull away.
The Hawks shot 61 percent (32-for-52) from the field and held the Rams to 16 percent shooting (7-for-43).
Jasmine McDonald led River Ridge with 32 points.
Rainier 70, Rochester 26: After giving up 15 points in the first quarter, Rainier held Rochester to five points in the second half, including a scoreless third quarter.
Sisters Kristen Schoenherr (28 points) and Kara Schoenherr (14 points) led Rainier.
Tumwater 75, Black Hills 51: Tumwater trailed 41-39 at halftime before using defense to wear down the Wolves in a 22-5 fourth quarter.
“We needed this one,” said coach Curtis Medved, whose team got a 16-points performance from Kyle Warner.
Lincoln 67, Capital 52: Colin Bossio led Capital with 12 points. But the Cougars, who trailed at halftime 34-25, were doomed by cold shooting.
Capital shot 32 percent in the second half, going 9-for-28 from the field – including 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
Wilson 59, Timberline 52: Austin Kleinhans led Timberline with 12 points, and Cooper Podowicz added 11.
Foss 57, Yelm 56: Yelm rallied from four points down in the fourth quarter before losing a heartbreaker at home.
Jonas Chambers led Yelm with 20 points, and Brandt Hetland added 19.
Rainier 69, Rochester 40: Matt Tietjen scored 16 points, and Chris Ashby added 13 to lead leading Rainier, which pulled away early.
Yelm’s Brittany Lunsford closed with five straight strikes to place eighth at 2A/3A state meet at Narrows Bowl in University Place.
Lunsford bowled games of 168, 160, 224, 133, 179 and 156 for a 1,029 series. She’s the first bowler from her school to place at state.
Tumwater’s Leea Haworth was ninth with a 1,023 series.
Timberline’s Kelsi Mayther (1,011) was 14th, Timberline’s Jamie Sheppard (983) was 20th and Black Hills’ Nicole Hayes (901) was 35th.
Timberline will continue in the team competition today.
In the 4A meet, Shelton’s Danielle Ewart tied for seventh with a 1,018 series, and her sister Mishawn Ewart (980) placed 10th.