Wednesday’s State 2A Girls Basketball: Defense Propels Bearcats Past Tigers

DOUBLE ELIMINATION: W.F. West Earns Spot in Double Elimination Bracket With 57-43 Victory

By Matt Baide

mbaide@chronline.com

YAKIMA — W.F. West didn’t utilize their signature full court defense many times during the season.

The Bearcats went back to it against Burlington-Edison in a loser out game at the Yakima SunDome and it paid off in a 57-43 win in a State 2A Girls Basketball game on Wednesday.

W.F. West is into the double-elimination bracket and will take on Washougal for the third time this season at 9 p.m. in the SunDome on Thursday.

“We wanted to press again, we hadn’t pressed in several games and not a lot all year really and I said we’ve got to get back to how we’re used to playing,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said. “Even if we are a little bit slower, I just said let’s go after them and they know how to press and so that’s what we did.”

Drea Brumfield led the Bearcats with 21 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Annika Waring tallied 12 points and five rebounds, Courtney Bennett had eight points and Madi Haakenson added seven points and four rebounds.

Hali Rainaud totaled 12 points to lead the Tigers. Even when Burlington-Edison was able to break the press, they weren’t able to find a rhythm on offense, shooting 28 percent from the field including 1 of 14 from behind the arc and turning the ball over 16 times.

“We wanted to attack them. We didn’t want to dilly dally around and count the shot clock down,” Kelly said.

Burlington-Edison scored the first two points of the game before an 18-4 W.F. West run that pushed the Bearcats ahead 22-8 after the opening quarter. The Tigers played better in the second quarter but shot 5 of 21 in the first half to trail 38-21 at halftime.

W.F. West only scored nine points in the third quarter but still held a 47-33 lead after three. The Tigers tried to close the gap and almost cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter, but back to back 3-pointers by Waring and Brumfield put W.F. West ahead by 18 to put the game away for good.

“I thought Drea Brumfield had an awesome game…I thought the freshman come of age in this game here,” Kelly said.

The Bearcats outscored the Tigers in the paint 32-22 and outrebounded Burlington-Edison 40-37 to snap a two-game losing streak.

“All around, coming off a bad loss, you might lose a little confidence but I told them we’re a good team,” Kelly said. “We beat some good teams. We’re a good team and we’ve got to believe that.”

W.F. West is hoping the third time’s a charm, as the Panthers won 77-48 in the opening game of the season and 57-43 in the district title game almost two weeks ago.

Kelly knows what the Bearcats have to do in order to reach the semifinals on Friday.

“We didn’t shoot good and we didn’t rebound good at all,” Kelly said. “The offensive rebounds were just terrible so we’ve got to make sure we keep Beyonce Bea off the boards and that will be key is us locking her down because she can take over a game.”

At Yakima

BEARCATS 57, TIGERS 43

Burlington-Edison 8 13 12 10 —43

W.F. West 22 16 9 10 —57

Burlington-Edison (43) — King 9, Watson 8, H. Rainaud 12, Dalton 6, Maskell 1, Cameron 3, Axelson-Ney 2, Mackenzie 2

FG: 14 of 49 —.286 FT: 14 of 26 —.538 Reb: 37 (Axelson-Ney 10)

W.F. West (57) — Vadala 2, Brumfield 21, Bennett 8, Waring 12, Haakenson 7, Zylstra 2, McCallum 2, Henry 3

FG: 22 of 53 —.415 FT: 7 of 14 —.500 Reb: 40 (Brumfield 8)

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