Spartans season ends one game short of state | Sumner Basketball

The Sumner Spartans girls and boys basketball teams played the final game of the season over the weekend. The season came to an end after each lost in regionals.

Sumner freshman Joy Mahnken looks to make a basket during Sumner’s 51-44 loss Friday against the Lake Washington Kangaroos.

The Sumner Spartans girls and boys basketball teams played the final game of the season over the weekend. The season came to an end after each lost in regionals.


The girls played the Lake Washington Kangaroos Friday at Puyallup High School.

The Spartans fought hard but it wasn’t enough to advance Sumner to the state tournament. The final score  was 51-44.

For the first half, Sumner managed to keep up with Lake Washington and on a three-pointer by freshman Joy Mahnken the Spartans took the lead 14-11 in the second quarter.

For the remainder of the first half, the Spartans and the Kangaroos were neck and neck. With the biggest lead being by two after a Sumner three-pointer.

Entering the half, the Spartans led 19-18.

To start the third quarter, Sumner took a fast lead 21-18 over Lake Washington. But with 6:32 to go in the quarter, the Kangaroos tied the game at 21.

The remaining minutes of the game, Sumner couldn’t catch up to Lake Washington.

The Kangaroos led by as many as ten to start the fourth quarter and with 1:20 remaining in the game.

Sumner tried to catch up but couldn’t over come the deficient.

One player from each team was awarded a sportsmanship award by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. Mahnken was the winner from Sumner.


The Spartans met the Lynden Lions again in regionals after losing to the Lions 66-55 last year.

The rematch would be Sumner’s final game of the season, the Spartans lost 56-35.

From the beginning of the game, Sumner trailed the Lions.

At halftime, the Spartans were down 26-15.

Sumner was only able to score four points in the third quarter, entering the final quarter of play trailing Lynden 39-19.

The Lions added 17 to its lead in the fourth quarter, punching its ticket to the state tournament.

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