Black Hills 64, W F West 48
(Chehalis, WA) The Black Hills Wolves rolled into this game with a 2 game lead over 2nd place WF West and were ready to wrestle the title away from the Bearcats, the defending and 4-time league Champs. If anyone thought the Wolves might come in a little laid back sitting on a 2-game lead with 2 games to play they quickly snuffed out that thought in the 1st quarter jumping out to a 19-6 lead and ultimately led 21-11 after 1.
The Wolves would then extend that lead to 19 putting up 40 1st half points and led 40-21 at the break. Black Hills did it by spreading the scoring around with 5 different players scoring led by Emma Duff and Lindsey Nurmi each with 13. Duff did her damage at the foul line going 7-8 while Nurmi drained 3 long balls from behind the arc.
The Bearcats would make a run in the 3rd quarter and cut the lead from 19 down to 10 thanks in large part to the inside power game of Lexie Strasser. Strasser would finish with a team high 19 and pick up several rebounds. After nearly getting it back to single digits the Wolves found their range once again and it was Duff knocking down 3 3-point shots and finishing 13 of 16 from the line on her way to 28 points for the game. Kaley Moloney would do a great job in the paint with several put back shot scoring 11 while Nurmi finished with 17.
The Bearcats were led by Strasser but Julia Johnson and Erika Brumfield would each add 7 while Kiara Steen had 8. The Cats fall to 2-3 in league play and with Centralia defeating Tumwater the Tigers improved to 2-3 and now on Friday night 2nd place will be decided in the final league game of the season between the Tigers and Bearcats. Black Hills will wrap up their season hosting Tumwater on Friday with 1st place and the Championship clinched they have already cemented the #1 seed into the district tournament, Tumwater would pull into a 3rd place tie with the loser of the Centralia/WF West game if they can upset the Wolves.
Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game were Emma Duff for the Wolves and Lexie Strasser for the Bearcats. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game went to the Wolves’ Lindsey Nurmi who stole the ball on one end of the floor and finished it off with a basket at the other in the 2nd quarter.
Black Hills: Duff 28, Nurmi 17, Moloney 11, Williams 4, LaBelle 2, Payne 2
WF West: Strasser 19, Steen 8, Johnson 7, Brumfield 7, Lofgren 5, S Haakenson 2