Bearcats Blow Out Black Hills, Vault to Semifinals

NO CONTEST: W.F. West Used Precision Shooting and Lockdown Defense to Fly Past the Wolves

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W.F. West ripped off a 30-8 run in the first quarter and sprinted its way to the District 4 2A Girls Basketball Tournament semifinals with a 66-26 pummeling of Black Hills Tuesday in Chehalis.

Drea Brumfield scored a game-high 23 points and was on fire from long-range, drilling five 3-pointers as the undefeated, top-seeded Bearcats were in control the entire contest.

“Making it to the final four is a huge goal for us,” W.F. West coach Kyle Karnofski said. “It was cool we were able to do that at home. Great atmosphere, for sure. It was an awesome night.”

Senior Madi Mencke added 10 points and her usual lockdown defense, while Morgan Rogerson chipped in nine, Lexi Roberts had eight and Kyla McCallum and Mak Mencke each scored six.

The Bearcats led 46-14 at the half, held a 61-26 advantage after three quarters and kept the Wolves scoreless in the fourth quarter.

“We talk about our defense a lot,” Karnofski said. “Our defense runs our offense. That’s kind of the mantra we’re going with. We have a lot of different options; a lot of different personnel we can throw in there.”

Depth was certainly one of the difference-makers as the Bearcats saw no letdown when Karnofski sent reserve troops in to give his starters a rest.

He commended Olivia Remund for her performance off the bench, and praised the entire team for their hard-nosed efforts in stifling the Wolves on both ends of the floor. The Bearcats drained 13 3-pointers on the night, tied for third-most all-time in program history.

“We shot the ball well,” Karnofski said. “Kudos to the girls. They came in focused and ready to roll. I think that had something to do with it. They played awesome.”

W.F. West (15-0) hosts Hockinson, the Greater St. Helen’s League’s No. 2 seed, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, in the semifinals.