Top performer: Davion Gaines, Stadium
Scored 28 points in 73-49 loss to Wilson.
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Consolation second round (Loser-out)
No. 9 Wilson 73, Stadium 49: Though this was the fourth meeting between these two teams this season, none of those meant anything compared this final meeting, with the words “loser-out” attached.
With both teams with so much history, which extends far beyond the current season, they were separated by just three points after the first quarter. But, behind Daniel Santana’s team-leading 18 points, the Rams finally pulled ahead for good in the second quarter and never looked back.
For Wilson head coach Dave Alwert, who knows both programs better than most, he said the key to the game was not a well-prepared speech or some inspiring video. The keys to winning at this point in the season for Wilson is just common sense.
“It’s tough being in the losers bracket,” Alwert said. “Trust me, I’ve been on the end of both sides. The approach to a game like this one, where both teams know each other so well is that one of us has to win and move on. One of us has to go home. Simple as that.”
After the back-and-forth pace, the Rams settled into their defensive plan in the third quarter and took advantage of Stadium’s three freshmen in the starting lineup.
“Wilson’s experience weathered the storm every time we tried to make a run,” Stadium coach Eric Overgaard said. “We’re a young team, we fought hard, and I’m hopeful about what this young team will bring next year.
Wilson moves on to face another league rival in Spanaway Lake in another loser-out game at 6 p.m. Thursday at Clover Park High School, with UConn signee Emmitt Matthews and the Rams hoping for a return trip to the Tacoma Dome.
Spanaway Lake 74, Shelton 54: The Sentinels live to fight another day after their blowout win over the Highclimbers. They advance in the consolation bracket to face Wilson at 6 p.m. Thursday at Clover Park High School.
Spanaway Lake has lost each of its two meetings against Wilson this season, but a win this time would clinch back-to-back state tournament appearances for the Sentinels – which the school has never before accomplished.
Prairie 65, Peninsula 59: After the Seahawks built an 11-point lead at the going into the second half, the Falcons roared back and earned the come-from-behind win. Peninsula’s season comes to an end, while Prairie advances to the state tournament.
Though the Seahawks got off to such a hot start early, the Falcons went on a 22-8 run in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback. Dante Heitschmidt led Prairie with 19 points. Despite the loss, Seth Kasteler led Peninsula with 22 points.
The Seahawks went into the postseason on a five-game winning streak but went 1-3 in the playoffs.
Capital 60, Hudson Bay 44: The Cougars 3-point-shot their way into a winner-to-state game after their barrage of threes throughout the second half earned them the commanding win over the Eagles.
Capital has won three of their last four games, and they advance to Prairie with the opportunity to move on to state at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Clover Park High School.
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Cascade Christain 42, Vashon Island 32: The Cougars can’t seemed to be stopped, no matter what time year it is. They avenged their loss to the Pirates from 11 days earlier with a win in the district semifinals.
When the two teams met just over a week ago, it was Vashon Island coming away with the 56-54 win. This time, Cascade gets the win to advance to the finals at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Bremerton High School.
Top performer: Isabella Foxley, Mount Rainier Lutheran
Scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds in 40-35 win over Mount Rainier Christian
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Second round consolation (loser-out)
Union 56, Tahoma 45: The Titans used an 18-8 run in the quarter to not only seize the lead from the Bears, but ultimately secure the win in the loser-out consolation game.
Union advances to the state tournament with the win, while Tahoma’s season comes to an end. The Bears were led by Adyson Clabby’s 17 points, while Union’s Mason Oberg led all scorers with 21 points