WOODLAND — Swarming on defense and attacking the boards, Tumwater rolled Washougal 69-37 in the District IV girls’ basketball third-place game on Saturday afternoon at Woodland High School, ending the Panthers’ 2A title defense a game shy of the state tournament.
Tumwater’s length and speed on defense offered a challenge for Washougal, cutting off drives in the paint and forcing turnovers. The Thunderbirds forced five steals in the first quarter alone and 16 in the game, using those opportunities to get out in transition.
Tumwater opened up a 16-5 lead in the first six minutes and led 31-13 midway through the second quarter, with sophomore forward Natalie Sumrok picking up 11 points in the stretch and the Thunderbirds defense limiting Washougal to just six field goals, almost all on contested lay-ins.
Washougal continued to struggle to find open looks in the second half, and missed many of the chances it did get, as Tumwater continued to pull away. The Thunderbirds led 49-27 at the end of the third quarter and built a 63-31 lead with two minutes to play before Washougal started fouling to extend the game.
The Panthers got to the line twice, hitting all four free throws, but couldn’t capitalize on three front-end misses from the Thunderbirds, turning the ball over on each stretch.
“Shots were not falling for us,” Washougal coach Britney Ervin said. “Unfortunately, that’s kind of been our story at districts. But, they fought hard, so they can hang their hats on a really great season.”
Sumrok led all scorers in the game with 22 points and five rebounds and Tumwater senior Olivia Bailon finished with 18 points, five rebounds and five steals.
Washougal sophomore Jaiden Bea finished with 10 points and four rebounds and McKinley Stotts had nine points.
TUMWATER 69, WASHOUGAL 37
WASHOUGAL – Jaiden Bea 10, McKinley Stotts 9, Skylar Bea 8, Chloe Johnson 4, McKenna Jackson 4, Savea Mansfield 2. Totals 15 (0) 7-13 37.
TUMWATER – Natalie Sumrok 22, Olivia Bailon 18, Isabella Lund 8, Cassie Kaufman 8, Aubrey Amendala 7, Janiesse Armstrong 5, Lily McCauley 1. Totals 20 (7) 22-28 69.
Washougal 9 8 10 10 – 37
Tumwater 18 17 14 20 – 69