In a loser-out game, Olympia's trapping defense held Central Kitsap to a frosty 23 percent shooting to pull out a 40-27 victory Friday in a 4A Narrows League girls tiebreaker basketball game.
Olympia led 12-3 after one quarter and 23-7 at halftime.
“If we lost, we were going home,” Olympia coach Rod Tripp said. “The girls flat-out brought it defensively and that was the difference.”
Olympia split with Central Kitsap during the regular season, winning at home by a point and losing by five at Central Kitsap.
“We’re peaking at the right time,” Tripp said. “I know I wouldn’t want to play us right now.”
Olympia goes into the district tournament as the fourth seed and plays Skyview on Tuesday in Vancouver in West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament.
Olympia held Central Kitsap scoreless from the field for about the first five minutes and gave up a free throw and a basket in the first quarter.
“Tonight they brought the effort and they were focused on where they had to be on defense,” Tripp said.
Tayler Fettig led the Bears with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lauren Herseth added 10 points.
Olympia shot 12-for-39 from the field and 10-for-19 from the free-throw line but held Central Kitsap to 11-for-43 shooting from the field.
“Now, it’s another season,” Tripp said.
Tumwater 55, Washougal 12: The Thunderbirds opened the 2A District IV tournament with a blowout win. Tumwater led 37-7 at halftime.
“At this point in the season, they’re starting to find their rhythm,” Tumwater coach Dave Littleton said. “They’re in sync.”
Tumwater (17-3) now plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mark Morris High School in Longview against Aberdeen, a surprise winner against Woodland.
Senior guard Tayler Weiks led Tumwater with 12 points. Ten of the 15 Thunderbirds who played scored.
“The girls are passing the ball so well,” Littleton said. “They’re finding each other. It feels like we’re starting to peak.”
Capital’s Nyle Taylor won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1 minute, 50 seconds and was second in the 100 freestyle at 49.7 in the preliminaries of the 3A district meet.
The Cougars’ 200 freestyle relay was fourth in 1:36.6. Capital’s Jacob Williams was fifth in the 50 free (23.4).
Timberline sophomore Hayden Oliver shaved three seconds off his season best in the 200-yard individual medley, swimming a 1:51.5 to place fourth and advanced to today’s finals.
Oliver was also third in the 100 butterfly prelims with a personal-best 57.9.
Timberline’s 200-yard medley relay placed fourth with a 1:51.5.
“They did amazing,” Timberline coach Marie Ratcliff said. “We have someone coming back in every event in either the championships or consolations.”
The top four automatically advance to state. Today’s finals start at 5 p.m. at Hazen High School.