Round Four of the Lincoln vs. Wilson head-to-head battles went to the Lincoln Abes, and with it came the Class 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict trophy.
Lincoln pulled away in the fourth quarter and claimed an 80-70 victory over its crosstown rival on Saturday evening at Pacific Lutheran University.
It was the second straight WCD title for Lincoln, which secured the district’s No. 1 seed going into the regional round of the state tournament. Wilson settles for the No. 2 seed.
Ahmaad Rorie scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Abes. His calming influence on a team that includes many underclassmen was evident as the Abes evened their season series with Wilson, 2-2.
The last meeting on February 14 went very different, as Wilson cruised to a 69-54 win in the Narrows League tiebreaker.
“This game we played with a chip on our shoulder,” Rorie said. “They blew us out last time. Our main focus was winning, coming out hungry. Last game we didn’t come out hungry.”
Rorie had lots of help Saturday. Junior forward Cameron Collins scored 14 points, senior center Justice Martion had 12, and freshman point guard Londrell Hamilton added 11.
Lincoln (22-3) held a 54-50 lead after three quarters. The Abes opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run that included two putbacks by Collins and ended with Rorie’s 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Alphonso Anderson and Ivy Smith each scored 15 points for Wilson (21-3).
Both teams now wait to learn their regional matchups, with the hopes of advancing to the state tournament.
Which begs the question: Will they meet again in the Tacoma Dome, with a state title on the line?
3A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
Prairie 63, Wilson 42: Wilson’s bid to repeat as the WCD 3A girl’s champion was thwarted by Prairie, 63-42.
Wilson was in the game for a while. The Rams scored the first seven points of the second half to tie the score at 29, and it was a 34-32 Prairie lead with 2 minutes, 40 seconds left in the third quarter.
Then the wheels came off as Prairie (21-3) went on a 27-5 run.
Falcons senior Nicole Goecke poured in 22 points, and sophomore guard Cherita Daughtery went 11-for-11 from the free throw line while scoring 19 points.
Wilson (18-5) was led by junior forward Kapri Morrow’s 15 points.
Prairie has won the district title three times in the last four years.
Both teams will advance to the regional round of the state tournament.
White River 55, Fife 47: White River held off a late comeback to take the 2A West Central District III title.
With a 38-27 lead entering the fourth, Fife cut it to 46-43. But White River’s Brandon Dove and Dustin France combined to make 5 of 6 free throws, and the Hornets ended the game on a 9-4 run.
France scored 15, Dove had 12, Spencer Swigart added 13 and Brandon Garvin had 10.