Girls Hoops: T-Birds hang on for big league opener win over Tigers



Tumwater 39, Centralia 36

(Centralia, WA) Defense was the name of the game in this Evco 2A league opener and Tumwater’s swarming D got the jump on the Centralia Tigers holding them to just 2 2nd quarter points. After a rough start for both teams they finished each with 7 points and 3 team fouls after the 1st 8 minutes. The T-Birds offense was clicking in the 2nd quarter going up by 4, they 6, then Sierra Snyder’s 2nd 3 of the game made it a 9 point lead, 16-7. Brook Hare pushed it to 11 with 2 free throws with just 2 minutes to play.

Chelsea Petrino would snap the Tumwater run with just 1:12 to go in the half scoring the only Tiger bucket of the 2nd quarter while the T-Birds stretched their lead to 14 at the break 23-9. Tumwater’s Ali Smith had a huge defensive game slowing down Tiger Post Ellie Corwin while grabbing an abundant number of rebounds.

The Tigers began a comeback in the 2nd half and they did it with defense holding Tumwater to single digits in both the 3rd and 4th quarters, 7 in the 3rd and 9 in the 4th. Centralia’s Rachel Wilkerson would outscore the T-Birds by herself in the 3rd quarter scoring 8 of her 10 points. Freshman Carissa Kaut also chipped in hitting 2 of her 3 shots from behind the arc in the 2nd half and just missed a 4th 3-pointer that would have tied the game at the buzzer.

It was Kaut who would pull the Tigers within 3 at the 4:08 mark with a long-ball but Tumwater would protect the lead with some outstanding plays including our ProActive Play of the Game when Brooke Hare slapped a Centralia inbounds pass right back at the inbounder hitting her and giving the ball back to Tumwater holding on to the 3-point lead.

Late in the game after the T-Birds sank a pair of free throws to again take a 3-point lead leaving 3.2 seconds left to play. Hannah Porter then threw a long down court pass that appeared to go out of bounds untouched but the trail official said a T-Bird had touched the ball so Centralia got it on their baseline with point-8 seconds left to go or enough time to get in a pass and take a shot. The pass went in to Kaut who got off the shot and hit the rim and rolled off giving Tumwater the victory.

Tumwater is now 1-0 in league play and 7-3 overall while the Tigers drop to 0-1 and 6-5. Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game went to Tumwater’s Sierra Snyder and Centralia’s Rachel Wilkerson.


Tumwater: Sierra Snyder 14, Brooke Hare 13, Maddie Fields 5, Ellaney Jelcick 3, Ali Smith 2, Sophia Koelsch 2

Centralia: Rachel Wilkerson 10, Carissa Kaut 9, Ellie Corwin 8, Hannah Porter 5, Chelsea Petrino 4

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