It's been nearly a year since the Renton girls basketball team lost its 2A regional game to W.F. West (Chehalis). On Saturday afternoon, the Indians took charge, led by junior Taylor Farris, who scored 27 points to beat Bremerton to return to the 2A Regionals.
The Indians (21-4) opened the first period with a 15-4 run by playing a fast-paced, score and steal-the-ball game. Bremerton finally scored with less than two minutes left in the first.
Bremerton scored a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter along with going to the free throw line early to close the gap at halftime 27-21. Renton never looked back after that, outscoring Bremerton 20-4 in the third period. The Indians nearly converted points on Bremerton's 31 turnovers in the game.
"This team is more experienced then last year's team," said Renton head coach Tim White after the game. "During the summer, the girls played against many of these teams and girls they face. So we know how they play."
White believes his team can beat either White River or Sumner, if the team continues to play the way it has and doesn't have games like Port Angeles, who limited the Indians in points in the loss.
Renton awaits the winner of the White River vs. Sumner District 3 championship game on Monday, Feb. 18.
The 2A regional game will be played Friday evening at Kent-Meridian High School at 6 p.m. White was happy to hear his team would not have to travel to Tumwater for regionals, or Lynden, for that matter.
A win at regionals would see the Indians return to the state championship tournament for the first time since 1987, when the team lost to Garfield 38-36 in the championship game.
Patch will preview the 2A regional game Friday, with live tweets during the game as the Indians look to climb up another rung on the team's ladder to a state championship.