TUMWATER — The Bearcats needed an extra four minutes, but they were more than happy with that tradeoff here Thursday night.
W.F. West held previously-unbeaten Tumwater scoreless in the extra frame to secure a 57-47 win in Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball action.
Tumwater entered the game with a 13-0 record, and rallied back from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter to tie things up. The Thunderbirds, however, missed a three-pointer at the regulation buzzer that sent the game into overtime.
And W.F. West was ready.
“In overtime, we talked about how we’ve been through some adversity and played a really tough schedule to prepare us for this point,” Bearcat coach Kyle Karnofski said. “We knew that we could do it going in and we had confidence in ourselves as a team.”
Taya McCallum led the Bearcats with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
“I thought Taya McCallum was unreal tonight,” Karnofski said. “She was just very, very tough tonight. She wanted to win and she got after it.”
Annika Waring added 14, and W.F. West won the four-minute overtime period 10-0.
Madi Mencke and Drea Brumfield each chipped in 10 points for the Bearcats, with Brumfield adding 11 boards.
Natalie Sumrok led Tumwater with 16 points.
W.F. West will play Kelso at the Martin Luther King Tribute at Lower Columbia College on Monday at 6 p.m.
Balanced Tigers Best Bobcats on the Road
ABERDEEN — Jasmine Mora scored 18 points, and Centralia put away Aberdeen, 61-52, here Thursday in Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball action.
Carissa Kaut added 14 points, with 11 rebounds, seven steals and six assists, for the Tigers.
Mora and Kaut — both seniors — also combined for 17 of the Tigers’ 18 points in the fourth frame, a quarter in which they outscored the Bobcats 18-11.
“I thought we played well,” Tiger coach Doug Ashmore said. “But defensively I just wasn’t happy with our performance. We made way too many defensive blunders.”
Jayden Hawley scored 10 and Madelinn Corwin added nine points for Centralia.
Junior Rhegan Jenkins got her first start of the season, Ashmore added.
“She played some good minutes for us and did a lot of little things,” Ashmore said. “And I liked the way Jayden played, too. And Kaut’s been her solid self all year.”
Charlize Gutierrez led Aberden with 13 points.
Centralia (4-10, 1-1 league) plays at Tumwater on Monday.
Warriors Hang Tough but Fall to Black Hills
ROCHESTER — Three Warriors posted double-doubles, but a solid third-quarter effort gave Black Hills the boost it needed for a 52-44 win here Thursday in Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball action.
Lexie Sederberg-Jones and Kortney Kerbaugh each scored 11 with 10 rebounds and Paige Winter added 10 with 10 boards.
Black Hills won the third quarter, 13-6, to break a 28-all halftime tie.
“They hit two threes in the third, and that kind of got the momentum going a little bit for them,” Rochester coach Davina Serdahl said. “But we were in it the whole time. I thought our defense was really good tonight.”
Megan Elkins added nine points, all from beyond the three-point arc, for the Warriors.
“I told the girls, you hit a couple of our shots at the end and it’s a different ballgame,” Serdahl said. “I really thought they bounced back (from a loss to W.F. West on Tuesday) and played well tonight. It was in our hands; we just couldn’t get some shots to fall for us.”
Addie Ainsworth led Black Hills with 21 points. Megan River added 11.
Serdahl added that the Warrior bench played well.
Rochester (8-6, 1-3 league) plays Centralia on Wednesday.