Are you a believer in the Washougal High School boys basketball team?
The Panthers did everything in their power Saturday to change people’s minds. They rallied from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat W.F. West of Chehalis 58-57, at Mark Morris High School in Longview.
“That was the best basketball game I’ve ever played in,” said junior forward Aaron Deister. “We don’t give up. That’s for sure.”
Tonight’s third-place game in Chehalis features a return bout between Washougal (14-9) and North Thurston from the first round. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers lost by only three points the last time, before beating Black Hills Wednesday and W.F. West Saturday for a shot at redemption.
“We’ve been on quite a ride, and we just want to keep it going one possession, point and game at a time,” said head coach Malcolm Estes.
Saturday’s six-minute swing dance by the Panthers is something people will be talking about forever. When the Bearcats built a 51-38 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter, at least half of the people in the gym thought Washougal was left for dead. But the frustrating turn of events only seemed to light a firecracker in the hearts of the Panthers. They were still living and breathing.