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Tumwater 54, Aberdeen 39
Black Hills 67, WF West 45
(Tumwater, WA) This was round 1 of an expected knock down, drag out face of between 2 of the top 4 2A teams in the state. At the start of the game Black Hills was the #2 ranked team in the new State RPI rankings, barely behind #1 White River. WF West check in at #4 just behind Lynden. Expectations were high as the ball was tipped off by both sides.
Black Hills’ Emma Duff quickly began the game hitting a 3-ball as the Wolves ran out to a 7-0 lead. The Cats Lexie Strasser would get the Cats on the board after an early time out by WFW coach Tom Kelly. The Bearcats would go on a run and put up 17 in the 1st 8-minutes but Black Hills countered with 28 led by Duff’s 13 points and Taylor Patti’s 6.
Despite a decent 1st quarter it looked like the Bearcats were on the ropes but then the Wolves went stone cold to the tune of a total of 2 2nd quarter points. The Wolves only bucket came from Kaley Maloney as they shot a whopping 4%. This opened the door for the Bearcats to make a run and they did, slightly. The Cats did chip into that 11 point deficit but not as much as they would like countering with only 7 points of their own to head into halftime trailing 30-24. Lofgren led the Cats with 9 while Strasser had 8.
Cat fans who hoped the momentum shift would carry into the 3rd quarter were quickly disappointed as again Black Hills found their offense they lost in the 2nd quarter led by Duff hitting regularly from the outside finishing with 6 3-balls and 31 points, her career high. Maisy Williams got busy in the paint as well hitting 4 field goals from close in and hitting 3 free throws in the 2nd half as well. The Wolves Lindsay Nurmi wasn’t as sharp shooting the ball in this game scoring only 4 points but she turned on her defense which was smothering and distributed the ball like crazy. Taylor Patti was set to have a big game offensively but foul trouble limited her minutes and she finished with 10 points.
Black Hills extended their lead to 50-36 and then held the Cats to just 9 4th quarter points to pull away for an impressive win 67-45. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to Black Hills’ Maisy Williams and WFW’s Shasta Lofgren. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game went to Emma Duff for stealing the ball at mid-court then a behind the back move to a lay-in early in the 3rd quarter keying the Wolves run to push their lead back to double digits.
Black Hills: Emma Duff 31, Maisy Williams 15, Taylor Patti 10, Lindsay Nurmi 4, Megan River 3, Kayley Maloney 2, Nataniz Serhan 2
WF West: Shasta Lofgren 20, Lexie Strasser 18, Julia Johnson 4, Erika Brumfield 2, Kiara Steen 1