Isaiah Flanagan gave the Beavers the lead in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, and Columbia River had two 3-point attempts to tie but missed in the closing seconds of the 2A district first-round game.
“They played four games in five days and sure had energy,” Columbia River coach said of Woodland. “They looked really good.”
Flanagan scored 19 points to lead the Beavers (12-11), who advance in the 2A district semifinal to face W.F. West on Tuesday.
Woodland has now won five consecutive games, including four games over the past five days to reach the district semifinals. Head coach Jesse Buck points to a 55-52 win over Hockinson — the first game of what’s now a five-game win streak — as a turning point with his team. After that, Woodland ended the regular-season Tuesday with a win over Ridgefield, followed by a tiebreaker victory over Mark Morris, and a play-in game win over Aberdeen before Saturday’s upset win over top-seeded and 2A GSHL champion Columbia River.
“Since that moment,” Buck said of the Hockinson win Feb. 7, “it’s been a different team. We are a different team. … It’s something about being put in the corner that took them to a place they haven’t been before mentally, and believing to get it done.
“I’m the luckiest coach in the world. … The power of belief, and they’re experiencing it.”
Nate Snook scored a game-high 25 points for the Chieftains (16-4), who will play Washougal in a loser-out game on Tuesday.
WOODLAND 51, COLUMBIA RIVER 48
WOODLAND (12-11) — Isaac Hall 7, Blaine Hix 6, Cole Logan 0, Isaiah Flanagan 19, Easton Ortega 3, Brady Burns 8, Trey Hanson 8. Totals 19 (8) 5-10 51.
COLUMBIA RIVER (16-4) — Nate Snook 25, Alex Miller 0, Josh Kukula 0, Marc Miranda 8, Michael Foust 6, Dylan Valdez 9. Totals 19 (6) 4-11 48.
Woodland 10 14 13 14–51
Columbia River 14 18 5 11–48