Friday, August 7, 2020
Aug. 7, 2020

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Boys basketball: Woodland 48, W.F. West 45

The Columbian

One week ago, the Woodland boys basketball team needed to win a fifth-place tiebreaker in the 2A Greater St. Helens League to keep its season alive.

Now, thanks to a remarkable four-game run, the Beavers’ season won’t end for a while.

Woodland beat W.F. West 48-45 Tuesday in the 2A district semifinals at Ridgefield High School.

The win cliches a spot in the district title game and a berth in the regional round of the state tournament.

After beating Mark Morris in the fifth-place tiebreaker, Woodland (13-11) survived a district play-in game the following day by beating Aberdeen.

The Beavers kept rolling, knocking off 2A GSHL champ Columbia River in a first-round game Saturday.

Now Woodland will face Tumwater in the district title game at 8 p.m. Friday at Battle Ground. The Thunderbirds, which placed third in the Evergreen Conference, knocked off EvCo champ Black Hills 59-48 Tuesday.

Woodland took a 27-17 lead on a Blaine Hix 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the second quarter. The Beavers maintained the lead near double-digits until the fourth quarter, when W.F. West pulled within 43-38.

Trey Hanson put the game away with a 3-pointer that put Woodland up 48-40 with one minute to play.


W.F. West 13 10 10 12–45

Woodland 19 10 12 7–48