Despite dropping games to the second- and third-place teams in the South Puget Sound League 3A – falling to Lakes 78-34 Jan. 26 and to Franklin Pierce 65-41 Friday – the White River High boys basketball squad clings to the hope it can tiptoe into the postseason by virtue of a fifth-place finish.
Such a move would require the current fifth-place contender, 8-5 Clover Park, to head into a late-season nosedive while White River wins against Bonney Lake, Sumner and Enumclaw.
Heading into this week, the Buckley boys were tied for sixth place with Auburn Mountainview and Bonney Lake, which shared White River’s 5-8 league mark.
The stretch run plays itself out beginning Thursday when the Hornets host Bonney Lake. They travel to Sumner Tuesday and finish the regular season Feb. 12 by hosting Enumclaw, the top-ranked Class 3A team in the state.