YAKIMA — Spencer Swigart is one of seven seniors on White River’s veteran boys basketball team, and they’re adamant about not going 0-2 in Yakima.
“We want to prove that we’re better than that,” said Swigart after the Hornets’ 77-51 loss to Anacortes on Thursday afternoon at the Yakima Valley SunDome at the Class 2A state tournament. “That wasn’t us on the court.”
And proving themselves starts with Friday’s 9 a.m. consolation game against Mark Morris, which fell to Pullman, 52-40. Anacortes and Pullman will meet in Friday’s 7:15 p.m. semifinal in a matchup of last year’s 2A state title game.
A team known for balanced scoring, White River was held to just one player in double figures: Brandon Dove, who had 13 points on 6-for-15 shooting. Swigart had nine points and six rebounds.
Anacortes, led by Ty Johnson’s game-high 23 points and five 3-pointers, had its way early with the Hornets. A 22-8 run in the third quarter ballooned a 14-point lead to a 58-30 advantage at quarter’s end. The Seahawks, who led by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter and had three players finish in double figures, shot 65 percent from 2-point range (25 of 38) and outrebounded the Hornets 47-34.
White River coach Rick Tripp said he thought his team played timid.
“They were the aggressor and we weren’t, and that showed,” he said. “They did a lot of things right.”Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 firstname.lastname@example.org