Friday was a night of Crosstown Rivalries with Tumwater at Black Hills and Centralia was at WF West. Aberdeen played at Rochester Friday night in boys action while the girls were at Aberdeen on Thursday night. Below are the scores, standings, stories, links to stories and picture galleries.
Black Hills 9-0
WF West 7-1
Rochester 52, Aberdeen 48 Link to game re-Cap in the Daily World
WF West 58, Centralia 26 Link to Aaron Van Tuyl’s story on Lewis County Sports Blog
Black Hills 65, Tumwater 49
(Tumwater, WA) The #1 RPI team in the State has been on a roll and side-stepped a potential hiccup with a tight 5-point win over Centralia. Right on their heels is WF West the #2 RPI team in the state who have just the one loss at Black Hills. Both teams had crosstown rivalries to deal with on Friday night to set up the finale next Tuesday with Black Hills at WF West. The Bearcats erased any doubt with a big early lead on the Tigers and pulling away for an easy win. The Wolves, well they had to work for their win.
As the game began Tumwater Coach Alyssa Vogt told her squad that they got beat by 40 the first time they played the Wolves so let’s not worry about winning let’s worry about getting better and being proud of our effort when we walk off the court. That kind of messaging some may not think is a good strategy but the goal was to take the pressure off her team and just go play and for 26-minutes they had the T-Birds on the ropes.
The Wolves finally broke free of the pesky T-Birds in the final 6 minutes to really put the game away. Tumwater took an 11-5 lead over the Wolves when Brooke Hare hit her 2nd 3 of the quarter with 2:33 left to play. Black Hills then finished on a 7-0 run paced by a pair of steals and buckets by Emma Duff to take a 12-11 lead after the 1st quarter.
Midway through the 2nd quarter the Wolves extended their lead to 8 going up 26-18 when Kayley Maloney hit a shot. Tumwater wasn’t done yet though and made another run with Madi Fields and Sierra Snyder both hitting 3’s and Ali Smith scoring a 2 with 46-seconds to play giving Tumwater the lead again 29-28. Taylor Patti would hit a shot with 24-seconds to play for Black Hills and was fouled. Patti hit the free throw and Black Hills would take a 31-29 lead into halftime.
The T-Birds came out strong at the beginning of the 3rd quarter as Sierra Snyder hit shot and sank 2 free throws and Tumwater had the lead again 33-32 with 6:09 to play. Maisy Williams got the lead back for Black Hills when she drained 2 foul shots with 4:14 left to go and it would be a lead Black Hills would never give up again.
Leading 42-37 entering the 4th quarter Brooke Hare hit her 4th 3 of the game on Tumwater’s 1st possession pulling within 2 trailing 42-40. The Wolves however, then went on a 12-1 run to put the game away with 4:30 to play. This surge was led by a brilliant steal and score by Lindsay Nurmi. Emma Duff and Kayley Maloney both scored during this run and they were up 54-41. One of those Duff buckets came off another great steal by Megan River who fed Duff the ball for the score. This play would earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
Emma Duff led the Wolves with 23 going inside for most of her points as her outside shot was not falling for her with just 1 3-pointer. Maisy Williams hit for 20 going 10-17 from the free throw line while Lindsay Nurmi finished with 12. But our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Player of the Game for Black Hills went to Kayley Maloney for her overall effort. She scored 4 but had multiple rebounds and played stiff defense. Our Tumwater Player of the Game went to Brooke Hare who finished with 14 points including 4 shots from behind the arc. Sierra Snyder was equally as tough leading the T-Birds with 20.
Black Hills 6-3
WF West 3-6
Aberdeen 56, Rochester 38 Link to story in The Daily World
Centralia 67, WF West 55 Link to Aaron Van Tuyl’s story on Lewis County Sports Blog
Tumwater 61, Black Hills 54
(Tumwater, WA) The T-Birds came into this game with an 8-0 league mark but easily could and some say should have been 6-2. Tumwater beat Black Hills back on January 13th when Brian Marty hit a shot at the buzzer giving Tumwater a 1-point win. Tumwater then beat Centralia in Overtime but got to OT when with just 2 seconds left to play the Tigers missed 2 free throws in which if just 1 goes in likely would have been the game winner. That’s the game that really showed that when you have a chance to close out the T-Birds because if you give them a 2nd chance they have yet not taken advantage of that opportunity.
This game played out that same scenario as it appeared the Black Hills Wolves were going to make sure a last second shot would not be the difference. The Wolves took a 14-12 lead after the 1st quarter and then just a minute into the 2nd quarter Marty got whistled for his 3rd foul and sat on the bench for the rest of the 1st half. The Wolves extended that lead up to 14 leading 30-16. A combination of offense from Noah Brewer, Joe Crumley and Nate Kindall helped build that lead. Tumwater would finish the quarter on a 5-0 run to pull it the deficit back to single digits at the break trailing 30-21.
When the 3rd quarter began Marty was back in the game and Tumwater’s offense began to click again. They would score 15 in the quarter while holding the Wolves to 11 and were just 5 points behind entering the final 8 minutes. Thomas Drayton scored 6 of his 10 from the paint. The Wolves’ Garrett Glenn nailed a 3 with 2:38 to play pushing the Wolves lead back to 8, up 39-31. Tumwater answered with a pair of Cade Otton free throw’s, a shot from Drayton and Marty hitting 1 of 2 from line and headed into the 4th quarter with some momentum.
The T-Bird comeback was official when Brian Marty sank a shot at the 5:35 mark giving Tumwater their first lead since late in the 1st quarter. Jack Koelsch then hit a huge 3 giving Tumwater a 48-44 lead. Noah Brewer would then score a 2 and after a steal put down another 2 and was fouled at the 4:10 mark the game but missed the free throw and the game was tied at 48.
Koelsch then hit 1 of 2 free throws with 3:43 left to play giving the T-Birds the lead back 49-48 and they would never let it go. Marty caught fire scoring 12 of his 19 points in the 4th quarter including a huge bucket and plus one with 1:06 to play. Marty hit the freebie and Tumwater extended the lead back to 4 up 56-52. With 20-seconds to play Brewer hit a pair of free throws to pull the Wolves back to a one possession game trailing 57-54 when they fouled Weston Weller taking less than a second off the clock. Weller hit both shots pushing the lead back to 5 and basically sealed the comeback win sending Tumwater to a 9-0 Evco 2A record with 1 game to play.
Weller’s 2 free throws earned our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the game and our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the game were Tumwater’s Jack Koelsch and Black Hills’ Noah Brewer.