Whether they were in Washougal or Longview, the Panther boys and girls basketball teams got the best of the Lumberjacks and Jills Friday.
The Washougal and R.A. Long boys traded baskets in a nail biter, but the Panthers held on for a 52-50 victory at Washougal High School. All nine Panthers contributed points, which made head coach Malcolm Estes smile.
“So many kids are stepping up every time their number is called,” he said. “All these kids care about is winning. Whatever it takes for us to win a game, I can count on these kids to do it.”
R.A. Long rallied within one point on a 3-pointer in the game’s final minute. After making a foul shot to put the Panthers back up by two, Patrick McCarthy got a hand on the final shot by the Lumberjacks. Kyle Anderson tipped the ball away from R.A. Long, McCarthy snatched the rebound and Washougal ran out the clock.
“The crowd really got behind us. They knew every single play counted,” McCarthy said. “Every time they would make a run, we would buckle down on defense and that translated to our offense. We just kept scoring and tried to keep them from scoring.”