LONGVIEW - It's been at least six years since North Thurston had a playoff win in girls basketball.
But the Rams tasted postseason victory Thursday night with their 58-45 victory over Mark Morris, and remain alive in the 2A District IV tournament.
North Thurston (6-15) moves on to play Aberdeen, a 61-24 loser to Tumwater in Tuesday’s semifinal, at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at either Centralia or Chehalis.
“We focused on defense, and our defense got our whole offense going,” said Rams coach Alana Olson, whose team had a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter. “Lots of people stepped up.”
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Chelsey Kindle led all scorers with 16 points, and Catie Mets added 15. Olson said her team came out of the gates strong, and built a 26-17 lead at halftime.
Capital 52, Decatur 34: The Cougars’ zone press forced 23 steals against the Gators, which helped Capital earn a win in their opening-round 3A West Central District III tournament.
Capital now faces second-ranked and undefeated Prairie of the 3A Greater St. Helens League, at 6 p.m. Friday at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver.
Although the Cougars didn’t shoot particularly well – 19 of 71 (25 percent) – they had 39 rebounds.
Kristyn Ross led Capital with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Aria Goodman added 11 points.
Skyview 49, Olympia 36: The Bears fell into the consolation side of the 4A West Central bi-district tournament and face Tahoma at 6 p.m. Friday at Lakes High School.
Olympia shot a chilly 6 of 28 (21.4 percent) in the first half and trailed 27-12.
Kara Sherman and Tayler Fettig had eight points apiece for the Bears.
Rainier 66, Ilwaco 53: The Mountaineers, champions of the SWW 1A Evergreen, earned a regional berth and are headed back to another 1A District IV title game after cruising to their semifinal victory over the Fishermen.
Rainier, the reigning district champion, will face Onalaska, a team the Mountaineers defeated twice during the regular season, in the title game at 6 p.m. Friday in Chehalis. The Loggers used a fourth-quarter push to pull away from Tenino, 49-36, in the other semifinal.
Behind the scoring of sisters Kristen and Kara Schoenherr, seventh-ranked Rainier built a 33-23 halftime lead.
Onalaska 49, Tenino 36: The Beavers tied the game at 32-all at the end of the third quarter but were outscored 17-4 in the fourth quarter and fell into the consolation bracket.
The Beavers take on Elma Thursday night in Kelso. The Eagles defeated Hoquiam, 72-53, on Tuesday.