The Joe Brown Gymnasium turned into a house of horrors for the Washougal High School basketball teams Monday.
After winning its first three games of the season, the Washougal girls let an eight-point lead at halftime slip away and lost to Heritage 41-40.
The Panther boys also struggled from the field and the foul line, and lost to the Timberwolves 41-36.
Washougal broke out of its shooting slump in the third quarter, and outscored Heritage 13-4 to get within three points of the lead. The Timberwolves then scored seven in a row to go back up by 10.
The Panthers scratched and clawed to within one point in the fourth quarter. Dan Davis nailed a 3-pointer, Curtis Crosby netted a lay-up and a foul shot for a three-point play. He then stole the ball and passed it to Brody Oberg on a fast break for two more points.
After adding two insurance points in the last two minutes, Heritage went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 38 seconds to secure the victory. Oberg swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it was too late for Washougal.
This was a drastically different doubleheader than Friday, when the Panthers pounced on the White Salmon Bruins.
Alyssa Blankenship scored 21 points to lead the Washougal girls to a 61-29 victory. Beyonce Bea finished with 14 points and RaeAnn Allen added 12.
The Panther boys beat White Salmon 46-36 for their first victory of the season. Davis delivered 21 points and Crosby added 11. Davis made two 3-pointers in the third quarter and went 5-for-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
The Washougal girls defeated Mountain View 54-45 Thursday. Allen finished with 21 points, Bea added 14, Blankenship netted nine, Lindsey Thomas had six and Alissa Lenczowski scored four.
The Mountain View boys clipped Washougal 65-62, on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Matt Rotundo scored 18 points for the Panthers, Crosby collected 14 and Davis added 12.