WRHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Showdown puts seed on the line

The No. 4 seed from the South Puget Sound League 2A was at stake Tuesday night when the White River High boys basketball team hosted Sumner. If Sumner continued its current winning ways and the Hornets fell, each would end the regular season with 7-7 league marks.

Results came too late to be posted here.

If White River won, the Hornet boys would lay claim to the fourth seed behind Clover Park, Fife and Franklin Pierce and Sumner would be awarded the fifth and final seed going to the subdistrict tourney. If Sumner won, a coin flip will decide seeding.

White River’s boys won one of three league games last week.

The week started with a Feb. 1 road trip to Eatonville, where the Hornets displayed perhaps their most balanced offensive attack of the season.

Billy Kiel and Jason Tyler combined to score 33 of White River’s points in the 59-48 drubbing of the Cruisers.

Things quickly went south, when White River hosted Franklin Pierce Thursday. Even though Tyler threw in 16 points, White River had a cold night from the field.

With 15 seconds remaining and WRHS trailing by two points, Kiel fired off a 3-point jumper from the top of the key that stubbornly lipped off the rim. Kiel followed the shot, flattening Franklin Pierce’s Jamar Murray in the process. Murray drilled both foul shots and the Cardinals walked off with a four-point league victory.

It was more of the same when White River visited Fife Saturday and lost 61-41.