Top performer: Hailey Still, Thomas Jefferson
Scored 26 points in win over Sumner
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No. 9 Todd Beamer 58, Olympia 41: Mackenzie Bond dropped 23 points in the Titans win over the Bears as they continue to find strength in playing at home.
“In the last seven years, we’ve only lost one home game,” Todd Beamer coach Corey Alexander said. “It’s a big time difference, and we feed off each other out there; we go out there and battle for one another.”
And there isn’t just one person that takes the brunt of the Titans’ offense either, despite Bond’s game-high scoring. Chasity Spady scored 13 points and Aaliyah Alexander added 12 points.
“We are looking for more players to step up and score,” said Alexander. “Those three are our big scorers. Chasity stepped up from last year, and Aaliyah is very consistent.”
The Bears were led by Emily Church, finishing with 14 points. Olympia trailed 16-12 at the end of the first quarter and the Titans never let up.
Beamer advances to play Kentlake in a winner-to-state game at noon on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School, trying to make the state tournament for the sixth consecutive season.
“I just know Kentlake’s coach and they are very well coached,” he said. “They are very disciplined and are not going to turn the ball over. We have to play our A-game.”
Olympia heads to a loser-out game against Curtis at noon on Saturday against Curtis at Wilson High School.
No. 5 Bellarmine Prep 60, Skyview 20: Three Lions had very productive nights in very different ways in their win over the Storm.
Reyelle Frazier was the leading scorer for the Lions as she put up 14 points. Makiah Reed was right behind her with 13 points, but 12 of those points were scored from her 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the 3-point line.
“I think being our first district game, we had a certain mindset coming in,” Bellarmine coach Kim West said. “We knew Skyview had knocked us off four years ago so we were excited to play them again.”
And it showed. Especially in Shalyse Smith as the University of Arizona signee earned a double-double on the evening; scoring 11 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.
“Everyone got to play so that's pretty exciting for us. Our hopes are still making it to that state championship game,” West said. “We don't want to look too far ahead though. We're just focusing on Saturday.”
And with the win, the Lions have earned the right to play against Union at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, at Mount Tahoma High School in a winner-to-state gamel.
Thomas Jefferson 64, Sumner 45: Hailey Still was on fire leading the Raiders with 26 points in their win over the Spartans.
“It was a tough game,” Sumner coach Jordan Moog said. “We just didn’t defend. That’s what it came down to.”
The Spartans had Kelsey Bell getting 19 points and Callie Stevens getting 17. Still, that wasn’t enough with Still’s big performance tough to match.
“Still is the real deal,” Moog said of Jefferson’s sophomore.
Jefferson advances to a winner-to-state game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday to play against Kentridge at Mt. Tahoma High School.
Sumner heads to a loser-out game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against Kentwood at Wilson High School.
Union 52, Auburn Mountainview 47: Mason Oberg scored a game-high 18 points for Union as the Lions weren’t able to keep pace in the second half.
Auburn Mountainview led by three points at halftime before Union went on an 18-12 run in the third quarter.
Taylor Flores scored 17 points for the Lions and Hayley Flores had seven. AMV now heads to a loser-out game against Skyview at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Wilson.
Rogers 61, Tahoma 40: The Rams advance to play Camas in a winner-to-state game at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Tahoma, while Tahoma will play Hazen in a loser-out game at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Wilson.
Top performer: Emmitt Matthews Jr., Wilson
Scored 40 points with 13 rebounds in win over Central Kitsap
Capital 66, Lakes 58: Grant Erickson led the way with 23 points and Luke Layton had 21 as the Cougars held off the Lancers.
“Luke really carried us in the first half and Grant really carried us in the second half,” Capital coach Brian Vandiver said.
The first half saw the Cougars outscoring the Lancers 31-17 as defensive intensity helped the team when they needed big stops.
“We did a great job controlling them defensively,” Vandiver said. “We really controlled the glass tonight.”
The Cougars outrebounded Lakes 41-21.
But now the Cougars get a winner-to-state game against No. 2 Lincoln at noon on Saturday at Puyallup High School.
Daeshawn Wayne led Lakes with 20 points and Kyreice Miller had 14 points. The Lancers head to a loser-out consolation game at noon Saturday against Shelton at Rogers High School.
No. 2 Lincoln 79, Shelton 48: Emmett Linton III dropped 17 points as the Abes cruised past the Highclimbers to improve to 21-0.
Le’Zjon Bonds, Willie Thomas III, and Mykel Campbell also reached at least 10 points each, with Bonds scoring 11.
The Abes kept their perfect season alive thanks to their quick-strike offense as they jumped out to a 22-11 lead and never looked back.
Leading the Highclimbers were Ty Thompson and Jason Kenyon, both scoring 10 points.
The Abes will advance to play Capital in a winner-to-state game at noon on Saturday at Puyallup. Shelton will play Lakes at noon Saturday at Rogers in a loser-out consolation game.
Kelso 68, Peninsula 46: The Seahawks weren’t able to slow Shaw Anderson, who led the Hilanders with a game-high 30 points.
“Kelso is a good team,” Peninsula coach Matt Robles. “They execute their stuff, they’re very good defensively.”
“Anderson had a heck of a game. They outplayed us from start to finish and deserved to win the game.”
Seth Kasteler and Elijah McLaughlin scored 11 points each for Peninsula, which heads to the loser-out consolation bracket to play Central Kitsap at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Rogers.
“We just get back to work tomorrow at practice and take care of business,” Robles said.
No. 6 Wilson 83, Central Kitsap 57: Emmitt Matthews Jr. was a force to be reckoned as the UConn signee scored almost half of his team’s points with a season-high 40 to go with 13 rebounds in the win.
It was especially in the third quarter that the Rams really pulled away, outscoring Central Kitsap 35-9.
Nate Stokes scored 12 points and Kiwanis Thomas III added 10 for Wilson.
This sends Wilson to a winner-to-state game against Kelso at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Puyallup.
You might remember their winner-to-state matchup against each other last year – when Wilson’s Londrell Hamilton won the game on a 70-foot heave from three-quarters court in the 62-59 victory.
Spanaway Lake 89, Evergreen of Vancouver 68: Divante Moffitt led the Sentinels to a win with 18 points, eight assists, and five rebounds in their win over the Plainsmen.
It was a rematch of Spanaway’s victory over Evergreen in the Spanaway Lake Christmas Tournament title game earlier this season.
“It was just a great team effort,” Spanaway Lake coach Dominic Batten said. “We actually came off really slow and toward maybe the four-minute mark in the first quarter we kinda caught our rhythm.”
From there, the Sentinels shook off the rust and pushed their lead, with Jordan Garner scoring 18 points and Isaiah Turner finishing with 15 points.
“We started sharing the basketball,” Batten said. “And once you start sharing the basketball you get back into a flow.”
Spanaway Lake is now looking to carry that momentum forward as far as their playoff run will take them – hoping to reach back-to-back state tournament appearances for the first time in school history if it can beat 3A South Sound Conference champion North Thurston in a winner-to-state game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Puyallup.
“We’re excited. We want to get back to state,” Batten said. “We know it’s not easy to do but being within one game, it’s huge.”
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Olympic 59, Steilacoom 30: It was difficult to stop Jaiden Mosley who led the Trojans with 26 points in a game that initially started close then slipped away from the Sentinels.
“The first half up to about two minutes left in the half we were up by one,” Steilacoom coach Gary Wusterbarth. “Then we went cold. We shot 6-for-28 after that which didn’t help us all.”
From there, the Trojans were able to run away with the game.
“Mosley did a good job. He came to play,” Wusterbarth said. “We were just trying to hold our own inside with the bigs and we gave up shots which Mosley took advantage of.”
With the loss, the Sentinels will now play a loser-out game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Curtis against the loser of the Fife-Clover Park game.
No. 5 Fife 66, Sequim 45: Gannon Ginnis led the Trojans with 16 points to win over the Wolves.
“Our shots were falling,” Fife assistant coach Terrance Troupe said. “We were able to get some stops and play together as a unit in the second.”
Alos putting up big numbers was Malachi Afework, who had 13 points, and Cooper Schelbert, who had 12.
Fife will now play against Clover Park at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday at Clover Park with the winner earning a state berth. It’s a rematch of Clover Park’s 20-point victory in the 2A SPSL crossover games last week.
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