The North Thurston girls basketball team (14-1, 10-1 3A SSC) visited Timberline (4-8, 2-8 3A SSC) Wednesday, January 26 in 3A South Sound Conference play defeating the Blazers 48-36. With the win North Thurston remains in second place with three conference games left in the season.

The Rams led early and had stellar play from freshman guard Soraya Ogaldez and senior Tayonnah “Tay” Birdtail. Ogaldez had 17 points with 6 rebounds and shared scoring duties with Birdtail (15 points) and senior Laney Borchardt (14 points, 6 steals and 7 rebounds.)

Head coach for North Thurston, Jacqueline Meyer, was happy with how her team played. “When North Thurston and Timberline play it is always a battle of athleticism,” Meyer remarked. “Both teams are fast and very physical and I am really proud of my team and the chemistry they have created that has contributed to a lot of our success this season.”

North Thurston will travel to Gig Harbor (12-1, 11-0 3A SSC) on Friday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in a massive league game that should determine who wins the 3A SSC title. Gig Harbor is currently ranked sixth in the state and North Thurston is ranked eighth.

Meyer had these thoughts on the upcoming battle with Gig Harbor. “Gig Harbor is our only loss of the season, and we were missing a few players last time we faced them. The team is very excited for the match and is looking forward to some very competitive basketball and chance to go for the league title.”

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