A 12-0 start for the girls and a 25-13 finish by the boys led to a doubleheader basketball sweep for the Panthers Monday, at Washougal High School.
Noah Prangley netted 11 of his team-leading 16 points in the fourth quarter springboard the Washougal boys to a 57-42 victory against King’s Way Christian, of Vancouver. Austin Tran added 12 points in the game. Rick Stephens, Yorro Bah, Patrick Jones, David Wallace and Spencer Adams all made critical baskets and played ferocious defense.
“This was our best game as a team so far this season, both offensively and defensively,” said head coach Malcolm Estes. “We need to continue to share the basketball, play hard on defense and improve on all fundamental aspects of the game.
“We are a work in progress,” he added. “We took a step in the right direction tonight.”
The King’s Way girls had a grapefruit on the scoreboard until there was 18.1 seconds left on the clock in the first quarter. By then, Washougal built a 12-0 advantage. Alyssa Blankenship racked up 20 and Haley Briggs added 10 to lead Washougal to a 55-15 victory. Megan Sharp earned eight points and RaeAnn Allen had six. Sharp and Allen also served up some assists.
“We did really well on those passes down the court. I love our teamwork,” Blankenship said. “I also liked our intensity of defense. That needed to come out.”
The Washougal girls bounced back in a big way after losing to Camas by 40 points Friday.
“We just had to get past it and think about the next game, next play, next point and just keep going,” Briggs said. “We just need to stay positive. It keeps our team up, points wise and raises our confidence level.”
The Washougal boys hit the road for three games before league play starts. The Panthers play at Battle Ground Friday, Centralia Saturday and W.F. West of Chehalis Tuesday, Jan. 7. All three games start at 7 p.m.
The Washougal girls go to Tenino Friday, before hosting Ridgefield Friday, Jan. 10. Both games begin at 7 p.m.