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Monday’s 2A GBB: Columbia River Ends Centralia’s Season

Centralia’s Carissa Kaut puts up a 3-pointer in front of a Columbia River defender during a District 4 2A basketball tournament game in Chehalis on Monday.

DISTRICTS: Cold Shooting Dooms Tigers in 41-28 Consolation Loss

Centralia struggled to find offense against Columbia River on Monday night, as the Chieftains ended the Tigers’ season with a 41-28 win in a District 4 2A basketball tournament game in Chehalis.

Rachel Wilkerson led Centralia with 15 points. Katie Kolbe scored 19 points to lead Columbia River.

The Chieftains stretched a 1-point lead after a quarter to 19-13 after a cold-shooting first half by both squads. Columbia River turned it on in the second half, holding Centralia to just 5 points in the third quarter to pull away from Centralia and earn the win.

Centralia made just nine field goals in the game.

“That’s been kind of our M.O. offensively,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said. “Teams pressure us, and at times, we’re doing it well, breaking the press, but when shots don’t fall, I think we just start to panic a lot. If Ellie’s (Corwin) not scoring, which they tried to take her away, it just makes it really tough for our kids.”

Centralia (11-11) sends off two seniors, Kiana Poore and Maddy Alviar. The Tigers will return their core group of players after their year of experience gained from this season.

“I’m very proud of the girls. I think we came a long ways throughout the year,” Ashmore said. “We played good basketball a lot of times, at times we struggled scoring, but defensively, I was proud of them all year.”
Bearcats Punch Ticket to Yakima

The Bearcats secured a spot in the State 2A tournament and got a little revenge in the process.

W.F. West beat Washougal 70-57 on Monday night in the District 4 2A Girls Basketball Tournament semifinals, which means the Bearcats will face Black Hills on Friday for the district title.

It’ll be W.F. West’s fifth trip to the district title game in the past six years, though this year’s qualification means a bit more. Given the Bearcats’ No. 2 position in the WIAA’s RPI rankings, the Chehalis squad will automatically be among the 12 teams in Yakima on March 1 for the State 2A tournament, regardless of the outcome of its regional game next weekend.

On Monday night, however, Bearcat guard Kiara Steen stole the show. Steen scored a season-high 26 points and went 6 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc to lead W.F. West, which broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter.

The Bearcats were tied with Washougal at 40-40 after three frames, but poured in 30 points in the final stanza for the win.

The victory was especially noteworthy given that Washougal bumped W.F. West from the district tournament last season in an overtime consolation semifinal contest. W.F. West returned all but one varsity player from last year’s squad.

Shasta Lofgren added 14 points, Julia Johnson scored 13 with three steals and Lexie Strasser added 11 points and three steals for W.F. West. Erika Brumfield chipped in with 6 points and a team-high eight rebounds with two blocked shots.

Beyonce Bea, a sophomore who scored 33 in last year’s district matchup, led Washougal with 24 points.

W.F. West (19-3) will take on Black Hills — the No. 1 team in the RPI rankings — on Friday at 6 p.m. at St. Martin’s University in the District 4 championship game.

At Chehalis

CHIEFTAINS 41, TIGERS 28

Centralia             4 9 5 10 —28

Columbia River 5 14 13 9 —41

Centralia (28) — Petrino 4, Wilkerson 15, Alviar 3, Kaut 4, Corwin 2

FG: 9 of 52 —.173 FT: 3 of 9 —.333 Reb. N/A

Columbia River (41) — Furth 6, Kraft 6, Baker 3, Kolbe 19, Klundt 2, Pardue 7, Fisk 6

FG: 18 of 55 —.327 FT: 4 of 9 —.444 Reb. N/A
At Centralia

BEARCATS 70, PANTHERS 57

W.F. West   18 9 13 30 —70

Washougal   12 15 13 17 —57

W.F. West (70) — Steen 26, Lofgren 14, Johnson 13, Strasser 11, Brumfield 6

FG: 25 of 70 —.357 FT: 11 of 16 —.688 Reb. 22 (Brumfield 8)

Washougal (57) — Bea 24, Oberg 15, Thomas 9, Midland 4, Cross 3, Bennett 2

FG: 21 of 39 —.538 FT: 8 of 11 —.727 Reb. 11

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