After driving 329 miles to cover four different sporting events in two days, your faithful sports reporter found the perfect story.
Turns out, it was only 44 miles away from home at Mark Morris High School where the Washougal boys basketball team rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stun W.F. West 58-57 Saturday in the consolation semifinals of the district tournament.
A four-point swing at the start of the fourth quarter gave the Bearcats a 51-38 advantage. Washougal appeared left for dead after W.F. West made a foul shot, missed the second one, rebounded the ball, put it back in for two points, drew another foul shot and converted.
Instead, it lit a firecracker in the hearts of the Panthers.
A furious Michael McElory nailed a huge 3-pointer on the next possession to turn the tide. The Bearcats made two more foul shots, but couldn’t stop Mustapha Bah from scoring two points for Washougal on the other side. The Panthers got a stop, took the ball to the hoop and missed, but Isaac Bischoff rose up for the rebound and put back. He also drew a foul shot and made it for a 3-point play.
Washougal was back within five points with less than four minutes in the game. The Panthers got the ball back and scrambled for an open look under the basket. Aaron Deister took the shot. The ball bounced left and right before settling through the net. Down by three with 3:30 left.