The District 4 2A Girls Hoop Tourney tipped off on Friday night and the District features the #1, #2, #6, #12, #13 and #15 teams in the State RPI rankings and the top 4 had no problem in advancing to the Semi-Finals on Monday. This story will follow the tournament from start to finish and will be updated as the Tournament advances. We will have the scores, stories, links to stories and pictures for each game.
Consolation on Saturday 2/18 Winner to State, Loser Out
Washougal 46, Mark Morris 40
The Panthers battled through the consolation bracket and claimed the final State-Play-off birth. Washougal also benefits from their #6 RPI ranking and will advance to Yakima automatically but will play White River at Regionals. On the line is a bye at State, if they can beat the Hornets in Regionals they will not have to play a loser out game on Wednesday March 1st at Yakima.
District Championship Friday 2/17 St Martins
Black Hills 36, WF West 33
This was the 3rd time these 2 teams met this season and all 3 have gone to the Wolves, but maybe the Wolves should be concerned if they were to meet a 4th time in Yakima for something like, ooh say the State Championship. The concern might be over the fact the Bearcats keep gaining ground, in chunks. The 1st time these 2 met it was over in a blink of an eye as Black Hills rolled up a 22 point win. The 2nd time at WF West it took longer but eventually the Wolves pulled away to an 11 point win but the Bearcats cut that deficit in half from the 1st game.
The 3rd time was Friday night for the District Championship and despite the fact both teams are guaranteed headed for the State Tournament in Yakima regardless of a win or loss in next weekend’s Regionals due to their #1 and #2 State RPI rankings both teams played rather tight in the Dist Title tilt. After the 1st quarter the Bearcats didn’t score but they weren’t out of it trailing only 9-0 because the Wolves also struggled offensively, just not as much. In the end the Cats made a hard run and in fact took the lead in the 4th quarter but the Wolves would not be denied their 2nd straight District Championship.
The 3rd State Play-off game will be decided tonight between Mark Morris and Washougal at Woodland High School. If Washougal wins they too will head to Yakima with a #6 RPI ranking, the top 8 are protected from getting bounced in the Regionals. If the Monarchs win they will need some help in getting to that top 8 but would advance to Yakima with a win at Regionals.
Consolation on Wednesday 2/15 Loser Out Games
Mark Morris 57, Woodland 43
The Monarchs kept their season alive and will have a 3rd try against Washougal in a loser out game Saturday night at Woodland High School.
Washougal 55, Columbia River 29
The Panthers bounced back after dropping a hard fought game against WF West. Washougal has to win 1 more game to get to Yakima and the State Tournament.
Consolation on Monday 2/13 at WF West
*Loser out, winners play Semi-Final losers on Wednesday in another loser out game.
Woodland 50, Tumwater 37
The Beavers stayed alive knocking off the T-Birds and now will play Mark Morris on Wednesday in a loser out game.
Columbia River 41, Centralia 28
The Chieftains bounced back with a solid performance to keep their season alive and now they will face Washougal on Wednesday in a loser out contest.
Semi-Finals on Monday 2/13 at Centralia
*Winner to District Championship and Regionals
WF West 70, Washougal 57
(Centralia, WA) The final score is not an indication as to how tight this game was from beginning to about midway through the 4th quarter when Kiara Steen caught fire for the Bearcats and pulled away from the Panthers to win and advance to the District Finals. The Cats will face Black Hills for the 3rd time this season but both WF West and the Wolves have advanced to Yakima and the State Tournament with their wins tonight.
The Bearcats led after the 1st quarter 18-12 but the Panthers rallied back to outscore WF West 15-9 and they were all even at 27 going to the break. Steen and Lexie Strasser led the Cats with 7 each while Shasta Lofgren added 6 and Julia Johnson 5 for a well balanced attack. Only 3 players scored for Washougal led by Beyounce Bea’s 12 and Mason Oberg with 9.
In the 3rd quarter the 2 teams could not separate as they both tallied 13 to go to the 4th even at 40-40. Erika Brumfield made our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game when she blocked a shot on the Panther side and then fell down, got up sprinted the length of the floor and took a pass to score the go-ahead bucket. Washougal’s Oberg then hit a shot as time expired to pull the game back into a tie.
Washougal’s Bea began the 4th with a score and a +1 and hit the free throw to take a 43-40 lead. The Bearcats then began their roll when Steen hit a 3 with 5:55 to play to give the Cats the lead 45-43. 30-seconds later she planted a 3-ball for a 5 point lead. Steen would go on to hit another 3 and 5 free throws to close out the game and the Panthers just couldn’t match them. Kiara Steen scored 17 of her 26 in the 4th quarter.
Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game went to WF Wests’ Kiara Steen and Washougal’s Beyounce Bea. The Panthers fall into the consolation bracket and will play Columbia River on Wednesday in a loser out.
WF West: Kiara Steen 26, Shasta Lofgren 14, Julia Johnson 13, Lexie Strasser 11, Erika Brumfield 6
Washougal: Beyounce Bea 24, Mason Oberg 17, Lindsey Thomas 9, Toryi Midland 4, Kiara Cross 3
Black Hills 80, Mark Morris 48
(Centralia, WA) The Mark Morris Monarchs knew they had their work cut out for them taking on the #1 ranked team in the state, the Black Hills Wolves. The Monarchs began strong jumping to a 6-2 lead. The Wolves would start the comeback when Duff hit a 2-pointer to tie the game 7-7. MM’s Madison Pond hit a shot with 40-seconds to go to pull within 1 trailing 12-11 but the Wolves would score 5 in the final 30-seconds on a Maisy Williams shot and a 3-point play from Lindsay Nurmi giving BH a 17-11 lead after 1.
The Monarchs made their last significant run in the 2nd quarter when they trailed by 11 and pulled within 3 going on a 11-3 run. Alexis Troy would hit 6 of those points while Libby Bartleson scored 4 and it was 27-24 with just 1:38 to go in the half. The Wolves answered that run with a 10-2 surge of their own as Kaley Maloney would sink a huge 3 to push the Wolf lead back to 6 and that would also earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game. Megan River would also hit a 3 and Emma Duff capped the scoring with 13-seconds to play with a 3 of her own and Black Hills led at the break 37-26.
Duff would hit another 3 just 7 seconds into the 3rd and the Wolves never looked back. The Wolves scored 26 in the 3rd and added another 17 in the 4th while the Monarchs managed only 22 points for the the entire 2nd half. Duff led all scorers with 26 while Nurmi added 15 and Maloney 11. 10 different Wolves scored in the game. Madison Mosier led Morris with 13 and was the only one to crack double figures.
Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game were Emma Duff for the Wolves and Madison Mosier for the Monarchs. Mark Morris plays Woodland on Wednesday in a loser out game while the Wolves take on WF West Friday night at St Martins University in Lacey for the District Championship.
Black Hills: Emma Duff 26, Lindsay Nurmi 15, Kayley Maloney 11, Maisy Willams 7, Megan Reichert 6, Taylor Patti 5, Racheal LaBelle 4, Megan River 3, Natania Serhan 2, Jordyn Bender 1
Mark Morris: Madison Mosier 13, Alexis Troy 9, Libby Bartleson 7, Zsaleh Parvas 7, Madison Pond 6, Madison Early 5, Rufina Berishev 1
Washougal 59, Tumwater 45
Mark Morris 52, Centralia 48
WF West 73, Woodland 51
Black Hills 75, Columbia River 34
(Tumwater, WA) The #1 ranked team in the state had little trouble in putting away the visiting Chieftains. Both teams scampered back and forth for 90-seconds without scoring before Emma Duff hit a 2-point shot. Emma Fisk countered a few seconds later for CR and that would be the last time the Chieftains were tied. Duff hit a 3 followed by baskets from Lindsay Nurmi and Maisy Williams to extend to a 9-2 lead. Kate Kraft then scored for River making it 9-4 followed by an 8-0 Wolf run. By the end of the 1st quarter it was Black Hills 19-8.
In the 2nd quarter BH began with an 11-2 run including 3-3’s from Duff, Megan River and Racheal LaBelle and they were up 30-10. The game was fast moving mostly due to no fouls being called in the 1st 12-minutes of the game and only 2 called in the 1st half. There were only 10 in the 2nd half for a total of 12 fouls in game. The Wolves defense limited CR to just 6 2nd quarter points, 4 by Claire Pardue. Black Hills was in control with a 36-14 halftime lead.
In the 3rd quarter the Wolves stretched their lead to 58-23 and they would wrap it up with all 12 players on the bench getting in the score book. The last one was with just 6-seconds to play when Lauren Sayahod floated one in from the paint. The game was such and evenly played game from the Black Hills side we gave the ProActive Play of the Game to Sayahod for completing a difficult task of getting everyone a bucket. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to Black Hill’s Lindsay Nurmi who finished with 13 with 3-3 balls, great defense and as always handling the ball the majority of the time. For Columbia River it went to Kate Kraft who led CR with 11 also with 3 from behind the arc.
Black Hills advances to the Semi-Finals on Monday at Centralia High school facing Mark Morris in a winner to the District Championship and to State while Columbia River will get Centralia at WF West High school on Monday in a loser out Consolation round game.
Black Hills: Emma Duff 20, Lindsay Nurmi 13, Maisy Williams 11, Kayley Maloney 7, Megan River 6, Rachel LaBelle 3, Taylor Patti 3, Natania Serhan 3, Jordyn Bender 3, Lauren Sayahod 2, Megan Reichert 2, Alexa Bovencamp 2
Columbia River: Kate Kraft 11, Emma Fisk 8, Claire Pardue 6, Katie Kolbe 6, Ellie Furth 2, Lillian Franke 1