The Washougal High School boys basketball team picked up where it left off last winter.
Back on Feb. 18, the Panthers rallied from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat W.F. West by one point in the consolation semifinal round of the district tournament.
On Monday, they proved that wasn’t a fluke. Michael McElroy netted 26 points, Austin Tran added 12, and Aaron Deister and Jaden Janzter each chipped in 11 to lead Washougal to a 67-60 victory.
“For just our first game of the season, I thought we finished strong,” Deister said. “Our experience really paid off tonight.”
The Panthers grabbed the lead late in the fourth quarter on a pressure switched jumper by Tran. Deister and McElroy came down with the clutch boards and made a dozen foul shots. Janzter nailed two big 3-pointers, back-to-back.