North Thurston had Washougal’s number this time around, but the Panthers became the talk of the district tournament.
Ben Broker scored 30 points to carry the Rams to a 62-56 victory over Washougal Feb. 21, at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.
Washougal (14-10) finished the season just one win shy of the Sweet 16. The Panthers still brought home a fourth-place trophy from districts.
“To win a trophy is a huge accomplishment for these young men. I have nothing but good things to say about them,” said head coach Malcolm Estes. “We played extremely hard for four games, and we almost got those guys. We almost got there.”
The Panthers matched the Rams basket-for-basket in the first quarter. Aaron Deister delivered 10 of his 16 points in those first eight minutes, and Michael McElroy nailed a 3-pointer to counter the one from North Thurston. Both teams were nodded up at 15.