Top performer: Tristan Schoepf, Eatonville
Scored 20 points with 10 rebounds in win over Tenino
Eatonville 66, Tenino 35: This game and this win was about far more than basketball.
Tristan Schoepf returned to the hardwood for the Cruisers for the first time after suffering a broken collarbone during football season as the team’s quarterback.
Schoepf not only returned to basketball, he led his team to their first win of the season over the Beavers with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
“It was just really good to have him back,” Eatonville coach Mark Swartout said. “He really changes the game for us and the way we play.”
Swartout saw a clear difference in the Cruisers’ defensive mentality, too.
While Schoepf was leading them on offense, his presence on the court helped the Cruisers with steals and points off turnovers.
It led to opportunities for them to get out and run, which gave the Cruisers a 31-12 lead at the half.
The Cruisers continued to move the ball and force turnovers in the second half. And, behind it all was Schoepf.
“He’s like having a coach on the floor,” Swartout said. “With him out, it was hard to have that leadership in place. But with him back with us, it’s like he hasn’t missed a beat.”
Auburn Mountainview 56, Auburn Riverside 46: The Lions edged the Ravens in a win that saw things almost fall apart in the last quarter.
“We played great defense for three quarters,” Auburn Mountainview coach Matt Sinnes said. “We only gave up 17 points in three quarters. We kinda let off the gas in the third quarter but still had the poise to hold on.”
The Ravens came alive scoring 29 points in that final quarter but that just wasn’t quite enough as the Lions held on.
“Even though we didn’t finish the way we wanted to, we got the W and got out of there,” Sinnes said.
Sumner 58, South Kitsap 54: Mitchell Wolfe scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and Josh Lear scored 15 as the Spartans pulled away late to edge the Wolves.
Riley Scolta and Jackson Kambich each scored 13 points for South Kitsap and Deante Ward had 12.
Mount Rainier Lutheran 73, Pope John Paul 52: Make six in a row for the Hawks.
With the win over Pope John Paul, they remain undefeated to begin the season. After a tough second quarter, the Hawks put on a barrage of scoring in the second half to secure the win.
In all they had four players with double-figure scoring, but it was Adam Bailey who led the way 28 points.
Jack Shannon and Jullian Pandell each finished with 11 points, and Daniel Perry finished with 12.
Top Performer: Kaylee Schow, Tenino
33 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 assist in 62-52 win over Eatonville
Kentridge 68, Mount Rainier 31: The defending 4A state champions built a 21-3 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 44-11 at halftime as they cruised to the win.
“We’ve been able to start out fast,” Kentridge coach Bob Sandall said. “We put some pressure and made them turn it over. We just kinda stretched it out from there.”
Jordyn Jenkins scored a game-high 18 points for Kentridge and Tresai McCarver added 10 points.
Auburn Mountainview 56, Auburn Riverside 39: Taylor Flores scored 14 points and Hayley Flores added nine as the Lions cruised past the Ravens.
Jenna Lacey also scored nine points for Auburn Mountainview (6-2).
Tenino 62, Eatonville 52: The Beavers beat out the Crusaders behind strong play by Kaylee Schow who finished the game with 33 points.
“It was the most she’s scored for the season. Her last game she had 31,” Tenino coach Brandi Thomas said. “She was being very aggressive. She also got to the line a lot.”
The Beavers were able to draw a lot of fouls and connect on these as their aggressive play paid off.
“In the second quarter, we got to the line a lot. We were getting lots of second and third opportunities on the offensive end,” Thomas said. “I think both teams were quite aggressive. I know we were crashing the boards which are where we got most of the rebounds from.”
It was that second quarter where the Beavers came up big outscoring Eatonville 21-7 after which they only needed to hang onto the lead they made for themselves.
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