Top Performer: Jeremy Spencer, North Thurston
Scored 33 points in 71-58 win over Central Kitsap
North Thurston 71, Central Kitsap 58: The Rams came out victorious over the Cougars with Jeremy Spencer leading the charge with a game-high 33 points.
“Jeremy played very well tonight, no question,” North Thurston coach Tim Brown said. “He did a great job scoring for us.”
The two teams were neck and neck throughout the game as they battled back and forth.
“I thought the game was really a broken game in the fact that they had good runs, and we countered with good runs. We kept trying to pull away,” Brown said. “Central Kitsap is a very scrappy team. It was a good hard-fought game.”
The game left the Rams, even in victory, with some things to improve on so that they can pull away sooner after a challenging start.
“We wanna play defense and rebound the basketball. At times we did it well, at times we didn’t,” Brown said. “They made their first six three-pointers of the game. But we righted the ship.”
Zion Archer and Austin McMinds each had 12 points for Central Kitsap and Clayton Christian added 14 points for North Thurston.
Bethel 71, Mount Tahoma 54: Alfese Sokimi scored 21 points and the Braves took a close game and pulled away in the second half when they needed to in a big win over the T-Birds.
“The key for us was the second half,” Bethel assistant coach Jack Murrey said. “We started pulling away, taking care of the ball and stopping throwing turnovers. That led to easy transition buckets.”
This was all part of the Braves game plan as they look to improve early in the season. Trenton Weseman added 16 points for Bethel.
“It’s been a focus of ours,” Murrey said. “Just limiting the other team’s offense and trying not to get into the up and down game as much.”
Jordan Joseph led Mount Tahoma with 17 points and Tyler Williford scored 15.
Lincoln 67, Bonney Lake 34: Emmett Linton III scored a game-high 18 points and the Abes locked down defensively in the win over the Panthers.
The third-ranked Abes (5-0) built a 20-10 lead after the first quarter but expoded in the second quarter, outscoring Bethel 29-4.
Lincoln had 10 different players score.
Spanaway Lake 77, Stadium 54: Isaiah Turner scored 19 points and Jordan Garner added 19 as the Sentinels pulled away in the second half.
Spanaway Lake (5-0) led 34-30 at halftime but outscored Stadium (2-3) 27-6 in a huge third quarter to pull away for good. Divante Moffitt added 12 points.
Davion Gaines scored a game-high 26 points for the Tigers.
Wilson 90, Lakes 75: Emmitt Matthews Jr. had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Kiwanis Thomas III added 21 points as the Rams rebounded from a tough offensive night their game before against Enumclaw.
Wilson (4-0) now looks forward to a city showdown against Lincoln at 7 p.m. Friday at Lincoln.
Matthews, a UConn signee, made 11 of 17 shots and Thomas made 8 of 11 shots as Wilson made 50 percent of its field goals as a team after shooting 29 percent from the floor in a 47-44 win over Enumclaw at Highline College on Saturday.
Kyreice Miller led Lakes with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Christian Chance had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Olympia 69, Graham-Kapowsin 50: The Bears just had to have this one.
They played their first game since the tough loss to Curtis that snapped the Bears’ three-game win streak to start the season.
And they got that win behind a 31-point game from Lucas Bowser, and Ketner Young who provided 11.
The Bears were able to take control and pull ahead in the second quarter when they held the Eagles to just seven points in the quarter.
Decatur 70, Auburn Mountainview 69: A tough loss to Federal Way days earlier forced the Golden Gators to go back and focus on the important things, the small things, the basics.
They drew from that experience in their come-from-behind win over the Lions. Junior guard Isaiah Daughtry was sent to the free throw line with the game on the line, and he sank both to give the Gators the win.
Daughtry finished with just five points, but those final two were the most important given the lessons learned.
“We learned the importance of free throws,” Decatur coach Jeffery Forbes said. “We are learning each day the importance of each possession, the importance of good defense, and the importance of seizing an opportunity when we have one.
“We really put all of that together and earned a well-deserved win.”
Bradley Graham led the Gators with 21 points, while Zach Richardson had 31 for the Lions.
Tacoma Baptist 72, Quilcene 36: Joey Pascua scored a game-high 23 points, PJ Talen added 19 and Bradley Swillie 16 as the Crusaders cruised past the Rangers.
“The key is we started fast,” Tacoma Baptist coach Rich Hamlin said. “I mean, we scored 34 points in the first quarter. They couldn’t handle our press.”
Tacoma Baptist led 34-6 at the end of the opening period.
“We were a little sluggish in our last game so it was to come out and learn from that game and respond with a lot more energy and intensity.”
Top Performer: Brynna Maxwell, Gig Harbor
Scored 22 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals in win over Shelton
Gig Harbor 55, Shelton 47: This one was personal.
After Kentridge handed the Tides their first loss of the season after winning the previous four, Brynna Maxwell made sure her team didn’t suffer yet another loss.
“It was a pretty close basketball game back and forth,” Gig Harbor coach Megan Murray said. “We had Anna Stewart hit a key three with about two and a half minutes left.”
Maxwell led the Tides to their fifth win with 22 points, 10 rebounds and six steals in the win.
Maddie Willett provided 11 points in the win for the Tides. Katie Johnson led the Highclimbers with 16 points.
Yelm 50, Tumwater 41: The Tornados battled rampant illness and injury as well as the Thunderbirds, but still came out on top.
“It was literally a battle of will for our kids. All of our starting guards were out with injury or one was home with sickness,” Yelm coach Russ Riches said. “The two other starters that were there had this cold. We had to sub quickly and keep them fresh.”
That quick subbing saw players coming out to play that normally wouldn’t see as much play time.
“We only had three people tonight that weren’t sick. It was just a battle of we’re gonna gut it
out,” Riches said. “It was a tough battle. Tumwater came to play hard tonight.”
Kaitlin Jewell scored a game-high 15 points for Yelm and Jaeden Ells added 11 points. Maddie Fields led Tumwater with 14 points.
The first quarter saw Yelm getting the slight edge outscoring Tumwater, 10-9 and Yelm pulled away in the second quarter before Tumwater rallied.
“It was nice to get a win. Tumwater, I can’t take anything away from them,” Riches said. “They just really battled hard. My hats off to them and how hard they played.”
Spanaway Lake 44, Stadium 33: It was a largely a defensive win for the Sentinels as they played a zone that beat out the Tigers.
“We just played a tough zone defense and made them shoot from outside and they don’t have any outside shooters,” Spanaway Lake coach Rob Morrison said. “They did bank a couple of threes in. I don’t know how that happened.”
Despite that, the Sentinels came out of the gate strong and were able to hold on to the lead even with the late push by Stadium.
“A tough zone defense,” Morrison said. “That was the key.”
Wilson 68, Lakes 52: Hope Lalau scored 18 points and Brooklyn Grant had 16 to lift the Rams past the Lancers.
Jayauna Keister led Lakes with 18 points.
Quilcene 46, Tacoma Baptist 28: Experience was a big factor as the Rangers outplayed the Crusaders.
“We’re a new team so they’re just getting the confidence,” Tacoma Baptist coach Jen Brooks said. “We’re still just gelling together.”
The standout for the Crusaders was Hannah Peterson who got 12 points in the game as she was aggressive in trying to keep Tacoma Baptist in the game.
“Hannah Peterson is not scared to shoot. If she’s open, she’s willing to drive,” Brooks said. “If she’s open, she’s gonna go for it.”
Even with that play, the Rangers saw Gina Brown, with 20 points, and Abby Weller, with 12 points, keep the lead firmly in Quilcene’s hands all the way until the final buzzer.
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