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.”
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.