Tait Spencer showed why he’s among Clark County’s top boys basketball players, scoring 42 points as Battle Ground beat Columbia River 73-60 in a non-league season-opening home game Tuesday.
Spencer, a 6-foot-3 junior, scored 15 of his team’s 21 points in the third quarter, which ended with Battle Ground ahead 55-52.
Spencer then scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Tigers outscored the Rapids 18-8. He was a perfect 12 for 12 from the free-throw line and hit two 3-pointers.
Ari Richardson scored 14 points to lead the Rapids, who played their first game under head coach Travis Drake. Columbia River had been coached the past 30 years by David Long, who retired after last season.
SETON CATHOLIC 61, PRAIRIE 49 — Brady Angelo scored 18 of his 33 points in a decisive third quarter as the Cougars opened the season with a road win.
Trailing 27-19 at halftime, Seton Catholic outscored Prairie 25-10 in the third quarter with Angelo hitting four 3-pointers.
Seton Catholic went 19 for 31 from the foul line while Prairie attempted only four free throws all game.
Bailey Kousonsavath scored 19 points to lead the Falcons.
MORTON-WHITE PASS 86, LA CENTER 65 — Cody Gardner scored 16 points and Austin Nixon added 14 as La Center fell into an early hole and could not recover in the season opener for both teams.
Hunter Hazen had 22 to lead Morton-White Pass, which jumped out to a 29-8 lead after one quarter.