4A WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST
Curtis 52, Puyallup 48: It wasn’t easy for Curtis, but it is headed to the 4A state tournament for the third consecutive year, while Puyallup’s season came to an end in the battle of 4A SPSL rivals.
Curtis is ranked 21st in the WIAA’s RPI rankings. There are 16 schools that qualify for the 4A state tournament and the bottom eight seeds play a loser-out regional round game, with the winners of that game advancing to play in the state quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome.
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The blue Vikings will play one more game before heading to state. They face Rogers at 6 p.m. Thursday at Clover Park -- though the game has no bearing on state seeding or placement.
Rogers 43, Skyview 34: The Rams are headed to the 4A state tournament.
Their win over the Storm clinched their second consecutive state tournament berth.
Rogers is 20th in the WIAA’s RPI rankings. There are 16 schools that qualify for the 4A state tournament and the bottom eight seeds play a loser-out regional round game, with the winners of that game advancing to play in the state quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome.
Todd Beamer 63, Olympia 44: Darion Brown found her rhythm, scoring a team-high 19 points as the Titans clinched a state tournament berth and ended the Bears’ season.
Makenzie Bond added 16 points for the Titans and Brianna Kelly had 10. Amelia Ack scored a game-high 22 points for Olympia, which was outscored 36-12 in the second and third quarters combined after trailing by two entering the second period.
Beamer is ranked 12th in the WIAA’s RPI rankings. But it could secure one of the top eight seeds -- earning an guaranteed spot in the Tacoma Dome -- depending on how Bothell (1), Moses Lake (3), Glacier Peak (4), Sunnyside (5), Central Valley (6), Lake Stevens (10) and Eastlake (11) fare in their district tournaments. Beamer needs at least four of them to be eliminated in their district tournaments.
Otherwise, Beamer would play a winner-to-the-Dome, loser-out game in the regional round of state.
It still has one more game remaining in the district tournament. It plays Kentlake at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Clover Park.
Kentlake 59, Tahoma 37: Kylee Johnson scored 14 points, Gabby Bruno had 12 and Jada Leonard 10 as the Falcons rebounded from their loss to Kentridge with a state-clinching win over the Bears.
And since Kentlake is ranked No. 2 in the WIAA’s RPI rankings, it earns an automatic berth into the Tacoma Dome for the 4A state tournament. The top eight seeds in the RPI rankings to qualify for state play a double-elimination regional round game while seeds 9-16 play a loser-out regional round game.
The Falcons outscored Tahoma 18-4 in the second quarter to pull away. The Bears(18-6) were eliminated with the loss.
3A WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST
Wilson 68, Lakes 33: The Rams secured a decisive victory over the Lancers behind a strong performance by Josie Matz who finished with 23 points and 11 assists to complete the double double.
"We were very selfless with the ball tonight led by Josie Matz,” said Wilson coach Michelle Birge. “Not only did she score, she dishes the ball out."
Also scoring for Wilson was Hope Lalau-Byrd who got 12 points and Brooklyn Grant who got 10 points.
“The movement of the ball was spectacular tonight,” said Birge. “Everyone was trying to get everyone involved.”
Wilson advances to face Mountain View at 6 p.m. Thursday at Timberline. The Rams need to win that game to advance to play for a 3A state tournament berth on Saturday.
Timberline 61, Yelm 35: In a game filled with momentum shifts, the Blazers came strong out of the gates which helped give their team the win over the Tornados.
“We just came out with full intensity,” said Timberline coach Sasha Matthews. “We scored 23 points in that first quarter and that really set the tone.”
Yelm was held to seven points in that first quarter. .
“We had to get some of that momentum back in the third quarter but I felt the girls really wanted it because it was a loser out game,” said Matthews. “It comes down to heart and who wants it the most.”
The Blazer’s heart paid off as the team was able to close out the win outscoring the Tornados 13-7 in the third and 12-6 in the fourth.
“This is the most amount of points we have beat Yelm by,” said Matthews. “The first game we beat them by 13, the second game was by 21.”
Putting up strong performances for Timberline was junior Keshara Romain who got 13 points along with Rayanna Dyas, Cadence Monti, and Kiara Brooks who all got 10 points apiece in a strong team performance.”
I felt like they just came out and wanted it tonight,” said Matthews.
Peninsula 38, Kelso 30: In a game ruled by defense, the Seahawks secured a win over the Hilanders in an elimination game in the 3A West Center/Southwest bi-district tournament behind a strong performance by Peninsula sophomore Esther Pappuleas.
“Pappuleas, who comes off the bench really sparked us with nine points, four steals, and seven rebounds from the guard position,” said Peninsula coach Shane Patrick. “So she was pretty much the key for our scoring tonight.”
The next highest scorers for Peninsula were the combo of Kirsten Ritchie and Belle Frazier who got eight points apiece.
“It was a good defensive game,” said Patrick.
2A WEST CENTRAL
Clover Park 66, White River 59: Behind D.J. Kerson’s 18 points and 11 rebounds, Clover Park (16-9) escaped a 2A West Central District elimination game, and knocked White River out of the district playoffs.
Kerson gave the Warriors the lead back for good when he converted a layup with 1:42 to play at Curtis High School.
The Hornets came up empty on three consecutive possessions following Kerson’s layup. The Warriors converted three consecutive baskets, including two more by Kerson, to take a 62-54 lead with 40 seconds to go.
Brandon Howard hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds to go to trim Clover Park’s lead back to two possessions, but the Warriors made five of six free throw attempts in the final minute to seal it.
Davien Harris-Williams added 18 points for Clover Park while Anthony Grassi had 14.
Howard and Joe Flanigan scored 15 points apiece for the Hornets, and Alex Wallen added 11.
In a game it needed to win, Tacoma Baptist came out with an unrelenting performance behind another strong night from PJ Talen, who scored 36 points for his second consecutive game in a 83-56 win over Tulalip Heritage in an elimination game in the 1B Tri-Distict tournament.
“This was a loser out game so you’re pretty motivated,” said Crusaders head coach Rich Hamlin. “We jumped on them right away, it was 21-8 after the first quarter and that was the message we wanted to send.”
Tacoma Baptist didn’t let up there, outscoring Tulalip Heritage 24-15 in the second quarter to go into the half with a comfortable 45-23 lead.
“It was a game we knew we needed and we played like it,” said Hamlin. “Our team goal would not have been satisfied had we dropped this one tonight.”
The Crusaders coasted through the final half of the game as they only needed to hold onto their existing lead as Tacoma Baptist’s Joey Pascua also had a good game, scoring 14 points.
“This puts us in the quarterfinals of the Tri-District (tournament) and we need one more win to go to state,” said Hamlin. “We play Thursday against Rainier Christian who has beaten us twice this year.”
The rematch is something the Crusaders have been looking forward to.
“We’re looking forward to playing to playing them again,” said Hamlin. “Both games have been one possession games.
“We were hopeful this would be a matchup we would get in districts and we got it.”
The teams will square off Thursday at 7 p.m. at Auburn High School.
Staff writer TJ Cotterill contributed to this report