Both Rainier basketball programs concluded their regular season play during the week of Jan. 31 to Feb. 4. Both teams already clinched a postseason berth, but it was time for the Mountaineers to …
Both Rainier basketball programs concluded their regular season play during the week of Jan. 31 to Feb. 4. Both teams already clinched a postseason berth, but it was time for the Mountaineers to finish on a high note.
The Rainier Lady Mountaineers played their first game of the week on Tuesday, Feb. 1 against Forks High School.
In a very tight-knit contest, Rainier was able to come away with the victory, 41-34.
In the first quarter, the ladies scored 13 points, led by Faith Boesch’s multiple 3-point makes. At the end of the first quarter, Rainier led 14-9.
Forks responded nicely in the second quarter, as they scored 15 points with a trio of 3-pointers helping their cause. Rainier tallied 11 points and found themselves leading by one point at halftime, 25-24.
In the third quarter, Rainier started to build their lead behind Isabella Holmes’ scoring, and a great defensive effort held the other team to just three points.
After the third quarter, Rainier led 36-27.
In the final quarter, Rainier’s offense struggled a bit, as they only scored five points to close out the game, but that wasn’t a problem, as its defense continued to control the game.
Rainier defeated Forks, 41-34, and looked to build momentum heading into districts.
Scoring for the Mountaineers was Holmes with 17, Bryn Beckman with eight, and Boesch with six points.
In their second matchup of the week, the ladies traveled to Winlock on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
The game started off hot and both teams got their offense going in the first quarter. Boesch hit a big three early on and Rainier had a flurry of offense coming from five different girls. The ladies found themselves trailing at the end of the first quarter, 14-13, but that wouldn’t be the case for long.
Throughout the second quarter, Rainier went to the hot hand on offense, which was Boesch in this contest. In the second quarter, she added seven more points, helping Rainier take the lead at half with a score of 26-20.
In the second half, the Mountaineers’ offense was ineffective as they only tallied 12 points. It was not enough to keep up with the pace of Winlock, as they outscored Rainier 29-12 in the second half.
Rainier ended up losing to the Cardinals, 49-36.
Scoring against Winlock for Rainier was Boesch with 16, Beckman with eight, and Janess Blackburn with seven.
Next, in their first district playoffs matchup, Rainier took on South Bend High School.
The ladies responded nicely to their loss on Wednesday, as they came out firing in the first quarter. On top of their red hot offense, Rainier displayed excellent defense as well. The trio of Holmes, Beckman and Boesch combined for five 3-pointers in the first quarter. Beckman added four more points in the first quarter, as Rainier jumped out to a 19-7 lead.
The ladies’ dominance continued throughout the first half, and the offense kept on scoring. Throughout the second quarter, the ladies were able to add another 21 points before the half and limited their opponents to just five points.
Rainier led at half, 40-12.
The strong performance continued for the ladies as they outscored South Bend 31-15 in the second half. Rainier defeated the team 71-27, matching their highest tally of points on the season.
For Rainier, Beckman scored 18 points, Holmes added 12 points and collected seven steals, while Boesch scored 15 and Haleigh Hanson added eight.
The ladies played in another district playoff matchup against Raymond High School on Feb. 8, after the Nisqually Valley News’ deadline. The matchup was held at Montesano High School.
As for the boys, they had an opportunity early in the week to compete with the Central 2B’s top team, Kalama.
On Feb. 1, Rainier traveled to Kalama, and stood toe-to-toe with the Chinooks.
“We really battled and had some opportunities against one of the best teams in the state, but came up short,” said coach Ben Scheafer. “I think we showed ourselves how good we can be when we execute.”
After an impressive display of offense by Ian Sprouffske, Rainier fell to Kalama 69-60, in a competitive game.
For Sprouffske, he battled all game long with Jackson Esary, the MVP of the Central 2B league. Between the two, they combined for 50.3% of the games total offense, with 65 total points.
Josh Meldrum chipped in 15 additional points for the Mountaineers in the contest.
Next for the Mountaineers was senior night on Feb. 3 as Rainier hosted Winlock High School.
“All of our guys contributed and we were able to send an amazing group of seniors out in style. This group has meant so much to our community and we couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Scheafer.
Rainier had 11 total players in the scoring column. In a dominating effort, they walked away from senior night with a 84-23 victory.
Scoring for Rainier was Sprouffske with 28, followed by Jake Meldrum with 15 points. Brandon Diehl also scored his first varsity basket, which sent the crowd into a frenzy, according to Scheafer.
Next, Rainier had their first district playoff game of the season when the boys traveled to Chief Leschi on Feb. 5.
Rainier came onto the court ready to play as they started the game on a 20-4 run in the first quarter, but the momentum soon flipped into Chief Leschi’s favor, as they held Rainier to just four points in the second quarter.
After a back and forth game between the two, Chief Leschi came out of the game victorious, 66-64.
Scoring for Rainier was Sprouffske with 24 and Josh Meldrum tallied 16.
Rainier competed in a “win or go home” district playoff matchup with Northwest Christian on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Rochester High School after the Nisqually Valley News’ deadline.
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