RIDGEFIELD — Washougal got off to a bad start Monday night, and it didn’t get any better the rest of the way.
Tumwater shut down the Panthers’ leading scorers and cruised to a 46-26 win in a 2A district girls basketball semifinal on Monday.
“Such a rough one,” Washougal coach Britney Ervin said. “Tumwater is a good team though. They’re No. 1 in the state for a reason. They played tough defense on us, took away our scoring options. And then when we got chances, we couldn’t finish tonight.”
Senior Jaiden Bea finished with nine points and 19 rebounds. Senior guard Savea Mansfield finished with just two points on two free throws, making Ervin wonder when the last time Mansfield finished a game without making a basket.
“I honestly can’t remember,” Ervin said. “Maybe freshman year? So, yeah, that’s killer.”
Washougal trailed 11-4 after one quarter before Bea got her first basket. She only had four points by halftime as Tumwater led 21-11.
The Thunderbirds put the game away in the third quarter, extending their lead to35-14.
Carissa De La Rocha added nine points for the Panthers, who will now face Hockinson in a winner-to-state/loser-out game at Hudson’s Bay High School on Wednesday.
“We just have to focus on us now, and be ready to fight for a spot at state,” Ervin said. “Typically we play (Hockinson) three times a year. That’s always how it ends up. We end up matching up again at districts and have one more shot at each other.”
TUMWATER 46, WASHOUGAL 26
WASHOUGAL — Chloe Johnson 2, Savea Mansfield 2, Hadley Jones 2, Samantha Mederos 2, Jaiden Bea 9, Carissa De La Rocha 9, Jaisa Wilson 0. Totals 10 (1) 5-8 26.
TUMWATER — Lily McCauley 0, Natalie Sumrok 10, Aly Waltermeyer 0, Kylie Waltermeyer 6, Aubrey Amendala 16, Regan Brewer 3, Isabella Lund 7, Cassie Kaufman 4. Totals 19 (1) 7-12 46.
Washougal 6 5 3 12—26
Tumwater 11 10 14 11—46