A week ago, the postseason seemed highly unlikely for the Prairie boys basketball team with their 4-15 record.
Prairie is 2-0 since then plus a tiebreaker victory (not a full game) and living large after its 55-47 win over Bainbridge on Wednesday night in the 3A bi-district pigtail game at Black Hills High School.
Bailey Kousonsavath sored 14 points and Bryson Jones had 11 to lead the Falcons in scoring.
Prairie had a 21-12 lead after the first quarter and then it was a close final three quarters with Bainbridge (12-9) actually outscoring the Falcons 35-34.
“We surprised them by going inside and using our size advantage,” Prairie coach Jimmy Tuominen said about the Falcons’ first quarter. “We were really effective there.”
Bainbridge adjusted its defense so Prairie took its offense to the perimeter where players like Jones, Brendan Carter (six points) and Cam Newsome (nine points) made some big shots to keep the Falcons on top.
Tuominen said his players did a great job rebounding and matching up in their zone defense to hold Bainbridge to just two 3-pointers.
Prairie now goes to No. 10 seed Silas (11-8) in Tacoma on Friday for another loser-out game.
WASHOUGAL 49, ROCHESTER 26 — The Panthers held Rochester to just 10 points in the second half to win the 2A district pigtail game at Rochester.
Washougal (11-11) advances to a first-round game at Columbia River on Friday.
Bella Albaugh had a big game for the Panthers with 18 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals.
Chloe Johnson added 10 points, four assists, four steals and four rebounds, while Hadley Jones led the Falcons with 10 rebounds to go with her six points.
BAINBRIDGE 45, HERITAGE 38 — The Timberwolves’ season came to an end with the loss in the 3A bi-district pigtail played at Black Hills. Heritage finishes 12-9. No other details were reported Wednesday night.