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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Sept. 24, 2023

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Prep basketball: Battle Ground boys outlast Puyallup, 68-66


The Battle Ground boys basketball team started fast then held on to beat Puyallup 68-66 Saturday night an elimination game on the road in the Class 4A bi-district playoffs.

Tait Spencer led Battle Ground with 25 points and Trey Spencer added 22 points, including four 3-pointers.

Trey Spencer hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Battle Ground jumped to a 24-17 lead.

Puyallup pulled within 40-37 after outscoring the Tigers 17-9 in the third quarter. Battle Ground held off the Vikings in the final minutes, going 7 for 10 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers (13-8) play Sumner on the road in another loser-out game on Wednesday.

UNION 80, ROGERS-PUYALLUP 59 — Yanni Fassilis scored 31 points as the Titans rolled to a home win in a loser-out game in the 4A bi-district tournament.

Kody Holcomb added 19 points for the Titans, the 4A GSHL runners-up who won their ninth consecutive game.

Union (16-6) will travel to face Kentridge in a loser-out game on Wednesday.

GIG HARBOR 70, MOUNTAIN VIEW 67, OT — Isaiah Vargas scored 24 points but the Thunder fell just short in the first round of the Class 3A bi-district tournament.

Vargas scored all eight of Mountain View’s points in overtime.

Trailing 34-23 at halftime, the host Thunder stormed back by outscoring Gig Harbor 23-14 in the third quarter.

While Gig Harbor (20-2) clinched a berth to state, 3A GSHL champion Mountain View (12-8) is still alive. The Thunder host Capital in a loser-out game Wednesday.

BLACK HILLS 66, WOODLAND 59 — Beau Swett scored 23 points but the Beavers fell short in the first round of the Class 2A district playoffs.

Black Hills, the Evergreen Conference’s No. 2 seed, took the upper hand by outscoring the GSHL’s No. 3 seed 19-10 in the third quarter to lead 46-37. The Wolves (15-5) then made 10 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Dane Huddleston scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, for Woodland (13-8). The Beavers will face Columbia River in a loser-out game Tuesday.

Girls basketball

MONTESANO 58, KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 32 — Bridget Quinn scored 20 points for the Knights, but Montesano was too much on its home floor in the 1A district semifinal matchup.

Evanjillie Dalan and McKynnlie combined for 50 points for Montesano (20-3), which will play Seton Catholic for the district title on Friday.

King’s Way (12-8) will play Columbia of White Salmon in a loser-out game Wednesday. The Bruins (12-8) eliminated Elma 59-41.

EATONVILLE 52, LA CENTER 35 — Talia Wise had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, but the Wildcats’ season came to an end with their second loss in the 1A district tournament. La Center finished its season 5-16.