What looked to be a promising basketball season for all three Renton high schools took a twist Saturday when both Hazen's boys and girls teams along with last year’s fifth place Lindbergh boys were eliminated from the playoffs. Both Renton boys and girls teams along with Lindbergh girls advance to next week’s 2A West Central District basketball tournament.
Hazen boys 50, Decatur 60
The Hazen boys found themselves down early in their 3A Sub District game against Decatur Saturday at Auburn Mountainview. The Highlanders playedthe was Coach Ryan Thompson knows they can, pulling within 2 points of the Gators with six minutes left in the game. But turnovers and fouls gave the Gators the edge to win 60-50.
Hazen ends its season at 7-14. They were led by sophomore Dominic green with 17 points. "Our focus was a better basketball team. Our future is bright, losing three seniors, many (young) players had big minutes," said Thompson.
Hazen girls 28, Bonney Lake 57
The Highlanders were overpowered by Bonney Lake throughout the entire game. Four fouls on Gabby Brower and Cecilee Fernandez limited play time. Senior Cameron Devereaux also had limited play after striking her head on the floor. All three returned for the last few minutes of the game before Fernandez fouled out. Hazen finishes the season 8-13.
Lindbergh boys 62, Steilacoom 67 (OT)
Lindbergh's little mistakes (turnovers and missed free throws) cost them a return to the district tournament. The Eagles were leading half way thru the second period when Steilacoom pulled away. Down 44-39 at the start of the fourth, the Eagles took the led with less than a minute when freshman Connor O'Hearn made both of his free throws. Steilacoom missed one of two free throws sending the game into overtime.
O'Hearn started the overtime with a three-pointer (he would finish with 11 points); The game would go back and forth with 1:05 left in the overtime tied at 62, when Steilacoom's Terrance Holmes made a 3-pointer and two free throws to end Lindbergh's chances of returning to the state tournament, after last year's fifth place finish.
"Am not disappointed, Colin played huge today and am proud of him. We lose five seniors, our future is bright," said head coach Robert Graham. "Next year we will be the bullies."
Colin Malone led the Eagles with 17 points. The Eagles finish the season 12-10.
Renton boys 65, White River 60
Jonathan Patterson scored 22 points to lead the Indians into the district tournament. Lavelle Smith added 14 points.The boys receive a first round bye and await the winner of Bremerton vs Sumner for their game on February 15 at Lakes High School, 7:45 p.m. The Indians need two wins to secure a bid for the 2A State Regionals.
Renton girls 47, Sumner 50 (2 OT)
The Indians were in control the first half allowing Sumner back in the game, outscoring the Indians 27-18 to tie the game and send it into two overtimes before Sumner came out on top. Renton was led by junior Taylor Farris with 17 points and Natajia McMillan with 12 points.The girls will play Kingston in the first round of the 2A West Central District tournament on February 12 at Foss High School, 7:45 p.m. A win and the Indians would play Port Angeles on Valentines Day at Foss, 7:45 p.m.
Lindbergh girls qualified on Friday with their win to play Bremerton int he first round also February 12 at Foss, 6 p.m. A win and the Eagles will play White River before the Renton game at Foss, 6 p.m.