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Sumner girls win West Central Distirct crown | Girls Basketball

The Sumner Spartans beat White River 57-43 for district championship Feb. 18 at the ShoWare Center. - Photo by Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald
The Sumner Spartans beat White River 57-43 for district championship Feb. 18 at the ShoWare Center.
— image credit: Photo by Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald

The Sumner Spartan girls basketball team made history today, Feb. 18, at the ShoWare Center in Kent beating the White River Hornets for the West Central District 2A championship.

Sumner outscored the Hornets 57-43 improving its overall record to 22-4.

Jamie Lange once again anchored the inside game for Sumner grabbing rebounds, scoring and providing tough defense against a talented White River corps.

Robi Long's ball handling at the point gave the Spartans the sets to counter White River's defense.

Coach Shane Patrick said, "This team has had a heck of a run at the end of the season. It was a long season and we had to learn to win."

At the half the score was 20-18 with Sumner on top.

The third quarter was the story of the game. The Spartans jumped out to a 26-18 lead at the 5 minute, 40 second mark in the third.

The Hornets did not score in the third until the 3:57 mark and the fourth opened with the score 39-22.

The White River girls brought a tenacious defense in the fourth using a full-court press and trapping.

Sumner did turn the ball over at times, but finally settled down into a set offense and moved the ball effectively.

Sumner had previously lost twice to White River during the regular season.

Patrick said White River was "not fully loaded" because of injuries, but he felt the Sumner girls still would have won.

White River had won the South Puget Sound League, 2A, and now has finished second at district.

Both teams now move on to the state regional tournament.

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