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Girls Basketball Roundup: Skyview, Union survive second loser-out game, one win from state

By Columbian staff
Published: February 13, 2024, 10:26pm

The Skyview girls basketball team is proving to be survivors.

The Storm won their second consecutive loser-out game on the road Tuesday, beating Bethel 48-43 in the District 3-4 tournament.

Skyview, which finished third in the 4A Greater St. Helens League, is one win away from a berth in the state tournament. The Storm (14-8) next face Kentwood on Thursday at Stadium High School in Tacoma.

Brynnlee Williams scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the second half. She kick-started a Storm offense that was held to five points in the second quarter and trailed 23-19 at halftime.

Kierra Parks scored all of her eight points in the second half, including two crucial 3-pointers. Lainey Phillips added 10 points.

If Skyview loses Thursday, the Storm will have one more chance to clinch a state berth in a loser-out game Saturday against the loser of Union vs. Emerald Ridge.

UNION 70, KENTRIDGE 40 — Brooklynn Haywood scored 43 points as the Titans moved within one win of clinching a berth to the 4A state playoffs.

Ava Smith added 20 points as Union won its second-straight loser-out game in the District 3-4 tournament. The No. 2 seed from the 4A GSHL won those games by an average of 29 points.

Union (18-4) can wrap up a state berth if it beats Emerald Ridge on Thursday at Stadium High in Tacoma.

KELSO 44, AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW 37 — Kenzie Milligan scored eight of her 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Lassies stayed alive in the 3A District 3-4 tournament.

Kelso won its second straigth loser-out game and can earn a state berth if it beats Lincoln of Tacoma on Friday at Mount Tahoma High.

Milligan also had seven blocks. That was part of a lockdown defensive effort by Kelso, which forced 31 turnovers.

PENINSULA 42, MOUNTAIN VIEW 32 — The Thunder’s season came to an end with the loss at Peninsula in the 3A bi-district loser-out game. Layla Senderson led Mountain View with nine points, and Sophia Wright had eight.

Mountain View finishes its season at 16-6.