Panthers, Spartans earn Shootout wins

Presented by the U.S. Army, the all-day hoop festival featured eight games. The White River girls kicked things off with a 9 a.m. contest against Bishop Blanchet; at 3:30 p.m., the Bonney Lake boys challenged Kentlake; and at 8:30 the Sumner boys played the finale against Seattle Christian.

A trio of local teams headed to Kent Thursday for the all-day ShoWare Shootout.

Presented by the U.S. Army, the all-day hoop festival featured eight games. The White River girls kicked things off with a 9 a.m. contest against Bishop Blanchet; at 3:30 p.m., the Bonney Lake boys challenged Kentlake; and at 8:30 the Sumner boys played the finale against Seattle Christian.

White River absorbed its first loss of the season at the ShoWare Center, falling 47-42 to the Braves. The private Seattle school competes in the Class 3A Metro League, entered the Shootout with a 4-2 season record and was rated No. 8 among the state’s 3A teams, according to the RPI system.

White River was a perfect 8-0 heading into the game and was rated No. 8 among the state’s Class 2A squads.

The game featured two distinctly different storylines. The first 16 minutes belonged to White River and the Hornets took a healthy 27-11 lead into halftime. The second half went the way of the Braves, who exploded for 21 points in the third quarter and 15 more in the final frame.

A major difference came at the free-throw line. The Hornets shot fairly well, connecting on 14 of 20 attempts, but Bishop Blanchet stepped to the line 35 times and converted on 24.

For the Hornets, Georgia Lavinder scored a game-high 16 points and accounted for six of the team’s 10 field goals. Chloe Narolski and Sofia Lavinder added 10 points each.

Things went much better for the two local boys teams entered into the Shootout, as both Bonney Lake and Sumner picked up victories later in the day.

The Spartans didn’t allow Seattle Christian much offense at all, rolling to a 49-30 win. The Warriors are a Class 1A school out of Seattle.

The victory kept the Spartans moving in the right direction. The team has won seven of 10 games overall and sits at 4-2 in South Puget Sound League 4A play. Next up is a Jan. 3 home game against league rival Bellarmine Prep.

Bonney Lake had a closer outcome but still registered a win, defeating Kentlake 54-46.

The victory allowed the Panthers to hit the break-even mark at 4-4 overall.

The team has a another nonleague contest coming this week, traveling Friday night to take on the Fife Trojans. Bonney Lake returns to Pierce County League action Jan. 3 with a trip to face the Bethel Braves.

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