There was no stopping W.F. West of Chehalis, but the Fort Vancouver bowling team gave the Bearcats a good run.
W.F. West won the team title and Piper Chalmers took the individual crown at the 2A district bowling tournament Wednesday in Longview.
Fort Vancouver was second in the team standings, and Fort’s Nina Albrecht was the district runner-up, averaging 204 for six games to finish with a 1,224, nearly 50 pins behind Chalmers’ 1271.
Fort had two other top-10 finishers in Rose Ugbinada (fifth, 1090) and Maddy Flatin (seventh, 1065).
Columbia River’s Rileigh Chinn was eighth at 1053 as the Rapids place third in the team standings.
R.A. Long’s Precious Sprague was 10th at 1049.
W.F. WEST 61, RIDGEFIELD 57, OT — The Spudders had their shots, but fell just short of knocking off the top-seeded Bearcats from the 2A Evergreen Conference.
Ridgefield had the ball with a chance to take the lead at the end of regulation, but a contested shot was off the mark.
In overtime, Ridgefield trailed 59-57 late when Carson Knight’s drive to the hoop would not fall, and the Bearcats sealed the win from the free-throw line.
“It was a blood bath,” Ridgefield coach Jason Buffum said. “They were not calling a lot of fouls, but we showed we had some grit to us and battled like men in the trenches. We just came up a little short.”
Henry Hughes led the Spudders with 23 points despite sitting out much of the first half with foul trouble. Juelz Mendoza scored 11 of his 17 points in the second quarter.
Ridgefield will host Black Hills in the district third-place game at 5 p.m. Saturday.
W.F. WEST 57, HOCKINSON 51 — The Hawks hit 12 3-pointers, but that was not enough to offset a 31-3 advantage W.F. West held in free throws in the 2A district semifinal in Chehalis.
“My team played their hearts out again,” Hockinson coach Damon Roche said. “It pains me to see such a lopside foul counts and (free throws) awarded. … We cut a 16-point lead to three points, but we couldn’t score enough points to outrun the free throws being handed out.”
Senior Lillie Mueller hit five 3-pointers and pulled down nine rebounds. Kylie Ritter had 13 points, five assists and four rebounds before fouling out. Gracie Brammer added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.