Training by five 40-45, heading into the fourth quarter, Tumwater pulled away for good after senior guard Peyton Peterson floated a mid-range jumper near the free throw line to seal the victory for Tumwater. Black Hills Zach Crumley and Weston Ainsworth both had chances for Black Hills in a crazy few final seconds for the Wolves, but neither player was able to score.
Tumwater (16-4, 7-3 2A EVCO#3) avenged the first cross town rival game two weeks ago, when they lost 59-56 at Black Hills. Tumwater head coach Josh Wilson was proud of the battle his team had. “It was back and forth and both teams played really tough,” Wilson remarked. “I am super proud of my guys for digging in there deep and pulling this one out.” The T-Birds hold the third seed and will travel to RA Long or Washougal next Saturday for district play.
For the league champion Black Hills Wolves (15-5, 9-1 2A EVCO #1), the loss will be a chance to build character as they prepare to host their district game next Saturday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. against the fourth seed from the GSHL. Coach Jeff Gallagher lamented on his team’s execution in the fourth quarter, but is excited for his team as they move forward. “The year is not over and we will find out a lot about our character now,” Gallagher stated. “It is always a tough game when we play Tumwater. They are a well-coached team and play hard. I like my team and I think we will respond well and get on with our next game.”
The earlier game of the cross town double header saw the Tumwater girls (19-1, 9-1 2A EVCO #1) clinch the 2A EVCO league title as they outlasted the Black Hills (15-5, 7-3 2A EVCO #3) ladies 56-48. Tumwater will host on Friday, February 14, at 7:00 p.m. and Black Hills heads on the road for district play.
In other boys district South Sound action, the Olympia boys (16-4, 12-4 4A SPSL #2) will host a home District game against Mount Rainier on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. The Capital Cougar boys (14-6, 10-4 3A SSC #3) will host Spanaway Lake, Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. Timberline (6-14, 6-8 3A SSC #5) has a play in game Tuesday against Stadium at Washington High School, February 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Girls South Sound play sees the Capital Girls (16-4, 13-1 3A SSC #1) hosting Friday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. The Timberline (6-14, 5-9 3A SSC #5) girls also qualified for Districts and will have a play in game February 10 against Bonney Lake at Washington High School at 6:00 p.m.