Centralia had no answer for Tumwater’s depth and transition game in a 73-34 road loss in 2A Evergreen Conference play on Thursday.
The Tigers surrendered a 20-8 run in the first quarter to the Thunderbirds, then trailed 43-17 at the half and couldn’t dig themselves out in the second half.
“We executed really well early on, but we did not shoot well in the first quarter, which led to a lot of defensive rebounds for Tumwater,” Centralia coach Kyle Donahue said. “They get out and transition well and it got away from us pretty early. We were really flat-footed.”
The Tigers were led by senior guard Cameron Erickson, who scored a team-high 11 points. Rex Akins added seven points and junior post Jayden Pannette led the Tigers’ dismal rebounding effort with three boards.
“We did not rebound well,” Donahue said. “They just have a lot of depth.”
Twelve of the Thunderbirds’ 13 players scored.
Centralia (3-5, 3-5 league) hosts Shelton at 6 p.m. on Tuesday then finishes out the regular season with a Swamp-Cup matchup at rival W.F. West at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.