With the weather finally cooperating, the Woodland Beavers hit the hardwood again on Tuesday for the Southwest 2A District Tournament opening round.
Black Hills set the tone early on defense, and jumped to a seven-point lead in the first quarter. It only got worse from there for the Beavers, as they eventually fell 73-50 on their home floor.
In the early minutes of the game it seemed as though the Beavers could disrupt the Wolves offense. However, the Beavers couldn’t get going on the other end, as the Wolves’ height and length in the paint caused problems for the Beavers.
Black Hills forward Maisy Williams dominated the defensive paint, contesting shots all game and forcing the Beavers into difficult shots.
“With a lot of length on their side it can hurt us with the swats,” senior guard Audrey Adams said. “We have a few tall girls but not a lot.”
The Beavers fought to keep the game close in the second quarter but with key players in foul trouble, the team struggled to find the spark they needed.
“We would have liked to have had Payten Foster on the floor,” coach Glen Flangan said. “She’s our leading scorer, but she picked up three ticky-tack fouls and had to sit a lot of the first half.”
The Wolves tookcomplete command of the game in the third quarter as they began to heat up from the 3-point line.
“They rotate the ball well and they were open,” Flanagan said. “We didn’t contest the shots like we wanted to. You got to give them credit for hitting the shots.”
The Beavers now move to the consolation bracket, and face Ridgefield in a loser-out game at 6 p.m. Thursday in Hockinson.
But the team knows what it needs to do to continue on in the tournament.
“We just need to continue to work as a team,” said Beaver guard Kelly Sweyer, who led the team with 13 points Tuesday. “When we do that we can do really good things. We just have to have that mindset of work together and see each other up the court. If we keep a positive attitude we can do great things.”
Woodland (13-8) and Ridgefield (12-9) split their two meetings this season. The Beavers need three straight wins to make the state regional round for the first time since 2014.