Tigers rout Chinooks on senior night


The Napavine girls basketball team never let Kalama get off the ground Thursday, rolling to a 63-20 win in their final home game of the regular season.

“This was a special night for our seniors and I thought all the girls played hard in order to send them out (with) a victory tonight,” Napavine coach Shane Schutz said.

Senior Keira O’Neill finished with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks, while Dakota Hamilton had 10 points and a team-high seven boards and Grace Gall led the hosts with nine steals.

Napavine even got Avery Schutz — who suffered a season-ending injury earlier this winter — in for a few seconds of gametime on her senior night.

Hayden Kaut led the Tigers (17-1, 10-1 C2BL) with 18 points and also had six rebounds. 

The Napavine defense held Kalama to five points or fewer in each of the first three quarters. The Tigers forced 35 turnovers and turned those into 40 points, and also scored 12 second-chance points off of 17 offensive rebounds.

The Tigers will wrap up their regular season with a road game at Winlock next Wednesday. Before that, they’ll pay ample attention to Rainier’s game at Adna on Friday. If the Mountaineers beat the Pirates for the second time this season — and the Tigers beat the 2-15 Cardinals — Napavine will walk away with the C2BL title for the second consecutive year.