PUYALLUP - It took two quarters for the Olympia Bears to start playing their brand of basketball Saturday night against Federal Way.
But once the second half started in the teams’ West Central District III boys basketball game, the Bears turned it up a notch for a 57-45 win over the Eagles to secure a berth in the regional round of the state tournament.
Olympia (20-3) plays Evergreen of Vancouver at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Auburn for seeding purposes.
Federal Way’s quickness and pressure forced the Bears into uncharacteristic turnovers in the first half. They trailed 29-19 at halftime, outscored 15-6 in the second quarter.
“Once we were able to make it a half-court game, not turn the ball over and not give them transition opportunities, it was advantage Bears,” Olympia coach Luke Salme said.
Alex Weber-Brader had a game-high 30 points, including 17 in the second half.
Northwest Christian 67, Morton-White Pass 63 (OT): The Navigators’ come-from-behind efforts forced overtime, and they outscored MWP 13-9 in the extra session to guarantee a berth in the regionals of the state tournament.
Northwest Christian faces Pe Ell at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Chehalis for the third/fourth berth.
The Navigators trailed 46-34 after three quarters, but stormed back and outscored MWP 20-8 in the final quarter to force overtime.
Rainier 43, Onalaska 40: The Mountaineers earned the No. 1 seed into state regionals and won their second straight District IV title with a win over the Loggers in Chehalis.
“We didn’t play our best game in the world,” Rainier coach Jim Kindle said. “But we persevered with our senior leadership. Kristen Schoenherr and Chelsea Owens played a huge game.”
Owens led the seventh-ranked Mountaineers with 11 points, and Kristen and Kara Schoenherr had nine points apiece.
It was Kristen Schoenherr’s free throws down the stretch that sealed the win.
Capital 55, Mountain View 36: The Cougars remain alive in the West Central District III tournament with an 18-point win over the Thunder of Vancouver.
It certainly was a different game from Friday night, which Capital lost, 73-24, to second-ranked Prairie.
“The girls, I think, wanted to finish and be really proud of themselves, win or lose, and go out and playing hard,” Capital coach Colleen Wells said.
Kelsey Antles had a game-high 18 points and Aria Goodman had 15 to pace the Cougars. Capital plays Lakes at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Kennedy 49, Timberline 42: The fourth-ranked Lancers handed the third-ranked Blazers their first loss of the season with late-game run.
Timberline (21-1) already earned a regional berth with Friday’s 52-50 win over Auburn Mountainview and will play for the third/fourth seeding against a familiar opponent – 3A Narrows League rival Wilson – at 8 p.m. Monday at Clover Park.
The Blazers led by five points going into the fourth quarter.
Auburn Riverside 56, Olympia 33: The Bears couldn’t contain the Ravens’ Brooklynn Hinkens (21 points) and Kat Cooper (16) in a loser-out district game at Stadium. Olympia finishes its season at 12-13.
Olivia Rethwill led the Bears with 11 points and Tayler Fettig had nine.