Top Performer: Brynna Maxwell, Gig Harbor
25 points, 9 steals, 9 rebounds in win over Peninsula
Gig Harbor 60, Peninsula 30: The Tides and Seahawks met for an early clash for first place that saw Brynna Maxwell nearly earn a triple-double.
Maxwell led all scorers with 25 points, with teammate Maddie Willett adding 14 points. Maxwell would come away with nine rebounds and nine steals to add to her totals.
The game was firmly in the grasp of the Tides as they outscored the Seahawks 16-5 in the first quarter.
Leading the Seahawks in scoring was Belle Frazier with 14 points and Kristen Ritchie in right behind her with eight points.
Yelm 50, Capital 44: It’s getting into flu season and both teams battled through sickness with the Tornados securing a win over the Cougars.
“We’ve both been battling the sickness and injury bug,” Yelm coach Russ Riches said. “We just gotta find a way to muscle through this game to our winter break.”
Yelm was outscored 17-9 in the first quarter and needed to regroup.
“We were getting beat in transition a little bit so we got out of our full-court press and challenged the kids to play really solid man to man defense,” Riches said. “We did a little bit of halfcourt trap stuff in the third. The kids just really stepped it up on the defensive end of the floor.”
Leading the way for the Tornados was Freshman Bayleigh Harder who finished the game with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
“She’s coming into her own and it's fun to watch her do that,” Riches said. “Harder did a nice job on the boards as well as helping us offensively.”
The turning point in the game came in the third quarter where Yelm outscored Capital, 17-3. And clutch free throws from Imani Tustison and Haylee Sleeman in the fourth quarter sealed the win.
“It wasn’t necessarily a pretty win,” Riches said. “Nobody took that huge stride to pull away. It was just a classic Capital-Yelm game.”
Bonney Lake 40, Spanaway Lake 26: The game started promising for the Sentinels but things quickly went off the rails in a big loss to the Panthers.
Spanaway Lake made just 8 of 52 shots from the floor in the loss.
“We fell apart offensively,” Spanaway Lake coach Rob Morrison said. “We just couldn’t buy a bucket.”
But the Sentinels had a 10-8 lead in the first quarter, but soon overtaken. They also had 40 turnovers, Morrison said.
“When you shoot like that from the field and turn the ball over that many times you’re not gonna win a ball game,” he said. “I gotta give credit to Bonney Lake. They full-court pressed us the entire game and created those turnovers.”
Rogers 46, Puyallup 43: Raigan Barrett scored 15 points and Rachel Wicker added 12 as the Rams got a narrow4A SPSL win.
It seemed like it was all Rogers in the first half and then the Vikings made a late push to make a comeback in the second half.
Rogers had been up 29-17 at the end of the first half but then Puyallup cut that lead making the game interesting late while still coming up short.
Bellarmine Prep 61, Olympia 26: The Lions dominated defensively and got a balanced scoring attack, Ciara Gatpatan scoring 13 points, Arizona signee Shalyse Smith scoring 12 points and Jenny Hagle and Reyelle Frazier each scoring 10 to keep Bellarmine undefeated.
The Lions (5-0) built a 37-13 lead at halftime and never looked back. Madeline Garcia added nine points.
Top Performer: Divante Moffit, Spanaway Lake
23 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds in win over Bonney Lake
Foss 74, Foster 53: Demetrius Crosby finished with a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons.
“Crosby was really solid all the way around,” Foss coach Mike Cocke said. “We started off on a 13-0 run in the first quarter.”
Foss began the first quarter on a 13-0 run and would end that quarter up 22-11 giving them a solid lead that they managed to hold onto.
“Defensively, we did a good job to get stops,” Cocke said.
The second quarter saw Foster earn a point back by outsourcing the Falcons 13-12. The teams tied in the third quarter 15-15 and then the Falcons shut the door on any chance of comeback in the fourth, getting 25 to Foster’s 14.
Clover Park 62, Orting 52: Davien Harris-Williams scored 22 points and Anthony Grassi had 15 points in the Warriors’ win.
Levi Frounfelter led Orting with 19 points.
Capital 70, Yelm 50: Grant Erickson led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double for the Cougars.
It started even as Yelm actually took a one point lead after the first quarter outscoring Capital 16-15.
However, Capital bounced back in the following three quarters scoring 19-10 in the second, 18-10 in the third, and 18-14 in the fourth to complete the come-from-behind win.
Chris Penner added 14 points for Capital.
Spanaway Lake 79, Bonney Lake 61: Divante Moffit had 23 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to complete a triple double in the Sentinels’ win to keep them undefeated (6-0).
It is now Spanaway Lake (6-0) and Lincoln (6-0) tied atop the 3A Pierce County League standings. They face each other on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Lakes 64, Mount Tahoma 54: Kyreice Miller scored 21 points and Daeshawn Wayne scored 19 as the Lancers held off the Thunderbirds’ late rally.
Lakes outscored Mount Tahoma 23-12 in the third quarter after taking a 27-21 halftime lead.
Curtis 69, Sumner 50: Zack Paulsen scored a game-high 24 points and Jordan Parker added 17 as the Vikings cruised to the win to stay undefeated.
Curtis (6-0) is alone atop the 4A SPSL standings.
It built a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and pulled away in the second half. Thane Birrer led Sumner with 13 points.
Olympia 61, Bellarmine Prep 47: Lucas Bowser scored 22 points and Ketner Young added 11 as the Bears rolled past the Lions.
Jaylen Scott led Bellarmine with 17 points.
The Bonney Lake wrestling team represented itself well on the first day of the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nevada.
Bonney Lake had six wrestlers make their way to the round of 16, and four remain undefeated. At the core of the Panthers’ wrestling team is a trio of seniors in Brandon Kaylor, Sam Peterson and Evan Tracy.
“They've been up to the task,” said coach Dan Pitsch. “With Brandon, Sam and Evan, they put Bonney Lake on the map, the other wrestlers know who we are and that we are tough.”
Kaylor, an Oregon State University signee, has a particular history at the tournament as he won the 113-pound division final last year. He is one of the Panther wrestlers that has moved on to the quartefinals, this time in the 120-pound class, along with Brenden Chaowanapibool (113), Yusief Lillie (113) and Sam Peterson (220).
“We have a freshman this year named Yusief Lillie and he's a seasoned wrestler and competed nationally,” Pitsch said. “He's undefeated and is wrestling well here. He’s definitely in the hunt for the tournament and a state championship back in Washington.”
The Reno Tournament of Champions will have the quarterfinals matcups beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday in Reno, followed by the semifinals and the championships.