Woodland’s bid to cut down the nets at the Class 1A district tournament ended in heartbreak Saturday in Kelso.
Toledo’s Conner Vermilyea caught a length-of-the-floor pass and made a four-foot bank shot as time expired to send the Indians to a 50-48 win over the Beavers in the district title game.
Woodland will head to the 1A regionals as the district’s No. 2 seed and will face Cascade Christian of Puyallup next weekend in a time and site to be announced.
Kyle Hendrix made two free throws with two seconds to go to tie the game 48-48. Grant McEwen took the ball and threw an inbounds to Vermilyea near the Toledo basket.
“Vermilyea caught the ball, double-clutched and banked it at the buzzer to win it,” Woodland coach Jason Buffum said.
Buffum reminded his players that their season is not over yet.
“I know everyone wanted to cut down the nets, particularly with how far these seniors have come with the program,” Buffum said. “And it’s tough not to get that chance. But our goal is to make it to Yakima (site of the 1A state tournament) and we still have a chance to do that. A lot of teams are done now, and we’re still going.”
Hendrix finished with 17 points, and Tanner Huddleston added 14 for Woodland.
Brent Wood led Toledo with 18 points, including four 3-pointers as the Indians converted several baskets as the shot clock expired.
TOLEDO 50, WOODLAND 48
WOODLAND — Ryan Sturdivan 1, Tanner Huddleston 14, Jake Rosenbalm 2, Logan Piper 2, Anthony Dizon 8, Kyle Hendrix 17, Troy Flanagan 4. Totals 18 (6) 6-10 48.TOLEDO — Brent Wood 18, Forrest Wallace 8, Kreed Askin 0, Grant McEwen 14, Conner Vermilyea 4, Gabe Fuentes 2, Donevin Merly 4. Totals 20 (6) 4-7 50.
Woodland 5 17 8 18–48
Toledo 9 11 14 16–50