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By The Chronicle

WOODLAND — W.F. West girls punched its ticket to the regional round of state with a 43-33 win over defending state champion Washougal in the 2A District 4 semifinals on Monday.

The Bearcats (17-5) will square off against the winner of Black Hills/Tumwater for the district championship at 6 p.m., Friday, at Battle Ground High School.

It was a crucial win for W.F. West, taking down Greater St. Helens League champion Washougal (19-3). A loss would have sent the Bearcats into two-straight loser-out contests.

The Bearcats are currently ranked No. 8 in the WIAA RPI. The top eight receive state bids and do not have to play the regional round. Their win over No. 2 Washougal will likely move them up, and even a loss in the district title match should keep them top eight.

“I assume we’ll move up,” W.F. West coach Kyle Karnofski said.

Against the Panthers, Annika Waring led the charge offensively with a team-high 11 points. Kyle McCallum added 10, Taya McCallum seven and Maggie Vadala six.

“Kyla came off the bench and she was a force,” Karnofski said. “Taya was really, really good at rebounding and defense. Maggie and Annika brought it. They were really tough.”

W.F. West’s 17-10 run to start the game gave it a comfortable cushion from the get-go, thanks to a few 3s that gave the offense momentum.

“We executed very well,” Karnofski said. “Offensively we did what we had to do. Our defense was very tough and we flew around really well. We pride ourselves on being tough on defense.”

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