Beamer girls race past Olympia in district tournament, 49-26

Contributing writerFebruary 13, 2014 

— For the Olympia High School girls basketball team to have any kind of shot at pulling off an upset of Todd Beamer in the first round of the West Central District playoffs Thursday night, several key things needed to happen.

The Bears had to limit turnovers, hit open shots and keep Beamer 6-foot-3 center Megan Huff in check on defense.

Unfortunately for Olympia, none of those elements came to fruition.

Beamer forced Olympia into 15 turnovers in the first half, held the Bears without a field goal in the second quarter and generally had its way on offense in a 49-26 win in the first round of the district

playoffs at Todd Beamer High School.

“We were well aware of their record and how they compete,” Olympia coach Tina Washington said.

Before things got out of hand, Olympia (9-12) managed to hang around. The Bears were down just six points after the first quarter, and by eight two minutes into the second quarter. But then the wheels fell off. Beamer (21-1) went on a 15-2 run over the final six minutes of the second quarter, limiting the Bears to a pair of free throws over the stretch.

“It was right there,” Washington said of her team’s chance to keep things close. “We just didn’t put up enough shots. If we’re not taking shots, we’re not scoring.”

Huff also found her groove, showcasing her touch around the rim. The senior post scored 11 points in the first half and finished with 17 despite sitting most of the fourth quarter.

“Our plan was to double down every time she got the ball … have two bodies around her at all times,” Washington said. “But her release on her shot is so high.”

Junior guard Sadie Forte finally broke the field-goal drought on a corner 3-pointer early in the third quarter, but Beamer was in control by then, leading 42-17 after three quarters.

Laura Snodgrass led the Bears with eight points, and Mackenzie Cooper added six. Olympia plays a loser-out game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stadium High School.

1A DISTRICT IV

Kalama 59, Rochester 43: The Warriors’ (15-6) loss drops them into the consolation bracket of the 1A District IV tournament and faces Ilwaco in a loser-out contest Saturday at a time and location to be determined.

BOYS BASKETBALL

2B District IV

Toutle Lake 47, Northwest Christian 40: Austin Koukal had a game-high 12 points for the Navigators in their opening-round loss to the Ducks in the 2B District IV tournament in Rochester. Northwest Christian (10-11) falls into the loser-out bracket and faces the loser of Saturday’s North Beach-Onalaska game at 2 p.m. Monday in Rochester.

2A District tourney starts Friday

The first round of the 2A District IV girls basketball tournament begins Friday with four games on tap: Aberdeen (9-11) at W.F. West (18-2), Washougal (11-8) at River Ridge (16-3), Black Hills (16-4) at Hockinson (13-7), and Centralia (10-9) at Mark Morris (19-1). All games start at 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball

At Western Washington 69, Saint Martin’s 52: The Vikings snapped the Saints’ three-game winning streak, as Western Washington held SMU to 32 percent shooting.

Staff writer Meg Wochnick contributed to this report.

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