High School Sports

Northwest Christian forces overtime before falling

LACEY - Northwest Christian trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter and roared back to force overtime, but ultimately fell to Class 1A Cascade Christian, 48-44, in a non-league girls basketball game Tuesday night.

The Navigators (4-6) trailed 37-29 going into the fourth quarter but outscored visiting Cascade Christian of Puyallup 12-4 in the final eight minutes to force overtime.

Cascade Christian, led by the one-two offensive punch of Kaycee Creech and Kadyn Coltom, ultimately was too much for Northwest Christian, outscoring the host Navigators, 7-3, in overtime.

Creech (25 points) and Coltom (18) scored all but five of the Cougars’ points.

Junior guard Kami Bates had a team-high 18 points for Northwest Christian but was the Navigators’ only player in double figures.

Northwest Christian resumes Pacific 2B League play Jan. 6 against Ocosta.

Yelm 70, North Thurston 67 (OT): The Yelm Tornados staged a valiant comeback in the fourth quarter, then outscored the Rams, 9-6, in overtime for the non-league triumph.

Yelm exploded for 26 fourth-quarter points, erasing a seven-point deficit to start the quarter.

The teams went into overtime tied at 61.

Guard Jaynani Cababat had a team-high 23 points and post Anushka Maldonado had 14 points to pace the Tornados.

Elyssa Quichocho led North Thurston with 15 points, and Amanda Ellsworth had 13.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Kentlake 63, River Ridge 59: The 2A River Ridge Hawks lost their second consecutive close game to a big-school opponent, falling to the 4A Falcons on the opening day of the Les Schwab Christmas Classic at Kennedy High School in Burien.

Charlie Conner led the Hawks with a team-high 14 points. Rahmel Moton added 13 points, and Jonathon Witt scored 12.

River Ridge (4-3) plays Foster at 2:30 p.m. today in a consolation game.

Jaron Heck and Sean Hartnett had 24 and 19 points, respectively, for Kentlake.

Adna 54, Rainier 25: The Rainier Mountaineers were held to a season low in points and could never get their offense going in a non-league loss to the Pirates.

Rainier was held to single-digit scoring in all four quarters, and the loss snapped its four-game winning streak.

Chris Ashby led the Mountaineers with 11 points.

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