Rainier High School boys basketball had its best season in recent memory, ending with a record of 5-7.
The five final games showed three wins and two losses for the Mountaineers.
When Rainier’s team played Stevenson High School, it outscored them 56-45.
The game was won largely in the first quarter, with the Mountaineers scoring 19 points to Stevenson’s eight.
Stevenson came up with a bit of a rally in the second with another eight points, this time to Rainier’s five.
But the Mountaineers wouldn’t let that stand, furthering their lead in the third quarter with 17 more points, outpacing Stevenson by five.
Stevenson again rallied in the fourth, with 17 points to their credit, but with Rainier’s 15 points, the Mountaineers came out on top.
The high point scorer was Ian Sprouffske with 19 points, followed by Jake Jeske with 12 and Logan Bowers with 11.
Another Rainier victory was against Tenino High School with a score of 49-35.
In the first quarter, Rainier scored seven points to Tenino’s five, followed by a towering second quarter for the Mountaineers, which showed 16 points scored to Tenino’s 12.
Riding on their lead, the Mountaineers scored 11 points in the third quarter, outpacing Tenino by six.
In the fourth quarter, both teams put up 12 points, but the last minute equalization for Tenino simply allowed Rainier to keep its 14-point lead.
The high-point scorer was Spouffske with 16 points, followed by Jeske with 10.
Against Morton-White Pass, the Mountaineers fell 58-56 in a nailbiter decided in overtime.
Both teams put up nine points in the first quarter, and then Rainier gained a three-point lead in the second. The Mountaineers extended this lead in the third by one.
MWP, however, tied the game up in the fourth, causing it to go into overtime, where they were able to put up two more points than the Mountaineers.
The high point scorer was Jeske, with 21 points, followed by Sprouffske with 16 of his own.
Rainier lost its final game to rival Napavine High School, 56-37.
The game was tied in the first quarter, though Napavine pulled ahead in each of the next three quarters.
Spouffske was able to come up with 15 points.
Rainier also won against Forks High School in a district-tournament upset of the undefeated, first-seed team.