One win went to each school. The Spartans boys defeated the Panthers 66-35 and the Bonney Lake girls beat Sumner 50-39.
Sumner led Bonney Lake all four quarters. At the half, Sumner’s lead was 29-15.
The remaining two quarters of the game were dominated by Sumner. By the end of the third quarter Bonney Lake trailed 47-20. Sumner added 14 to its score in the fourth quarter and the Panthers added 15 but that wasn’t enough.
Sumner’s coach Brett McDaniel said he was pleased with the Spartans energy and teamwork.
“We were very happy with how we played Friday,” he said. “We played 13 players in the game and they all competed at a high level. Bonney Lake played hard as well and in time will be much better as they gain experience.”
Bonney Lake’s coach Brain Kovacevich said the Panthers played hard and didn’t give up.
“We will take this experience and learn from it,” Kovacevich said.
At the end of the game, Sumner School District Superintendent Sara Johnson awarded a medal to junior Taylor Graham from Bonney Lake and senior Keenen Jackson from Sumner for outstanding sportsmanship.
The Bonney Lake boys next game is at 7 p.m. today, Wednesday against Rogers at Bonney Lake High School. And the Spartans face off against Orting at 5:15 p.m. on Friday at Orting High School.
The Spartans started out with a 4-0 lead with 6:50 to go in the first quarter.
Bonney Lake took the lead less than two minutes later and held on to the lead for most of the game.
Sumner led by one with 6:45 to play in the first half but that would be the last time the Spartans would lead the Panthers.
Bonney Lake led 31-22 at the half.
The Panthers led by as much as 12 in the fourth quarter. With the clock winding down, the Spartans weren’t able to catch up.
Bonney Lake’s coach Thomas Ostrander said he was very pleased with the team’s effort.
“Sumner is a very good team and we knew that going in,” he said. “We wanted to do our best to eliminate any easy scoring opportunities.”
Ostrander said Sumner did struggle shooting the ball but he also credits the Panthers’ efforts on defense for disrupting what Sumner is used to doing offensively.
Sumner’s coach Shane Patrick said he gives credit to Bonney Lake for executing its game plan.
“They played well and wanted the win more than we did,” Patrick said.
And after the end of the game, Johnson awarded a medal to freshman Payton Mitchell from Bonney Lake and freshman Joy Mahnken from Sumner for outstanding sportsmanship.
Sumner looks to take on Orting at 7 p.m. on Friday at Orting High School after the boys game ends.