Pe Ell girls basketball fell behind big after dismal second quarter, made a valiant fourth-quarter comeback attempt but fell short in a 63-58 elimination loss to Taholah in the opening round of the 1B District 4 tournament Thursday.
The fourth-seeded Trojans actually built up an 11-7 lead in the first quarter, but 1B Coastal League champ Taholah reeled off a 24-8 run to take a 32-18 lead going into the locker room.
“They have some pretty good all-around shooters,” Pe Ell coach Dan Cox said of Taholah.
The Chitwins increased their lead to 16 at the start of the fourth before the Trojans busted off 24 points in the final frame but couldn’t close it out, losing by five.
“We couldn’t pull it off,” Cox said. “The girls did a good job. They played their hearts out.”
Pe Ell’s leading scorer, Charlie Carper, led all scorers with 23 points, and that was with having to sit out the entire second quarter after racking up three fouls in the first quarter.
Senior Annika Mason added 15 points, senior Carolann Baldwin had 10, sophomore Kali Cox scored six and senior Rachel Ward added four.
Mason, Baldwin, Ward, Sadie Howard, Jayda Baldwin and Claire Cleveland all played their final game in a Trojan jersey.
Pe Ell ends its season with a 4-5 overall record.