W.F. West pulled within five of Kelso in the fourth quarter but was unable to complete its comeback bid in a 64-52 non-league road loss to Class 3A Kelso on Friday.
Senior Dirk Plakinger scored a team-high 20 points that puts him squarely at 500 career points. Junior post Soren Dalan put up another big double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds.
But the Bearcats couldn’t keep up with the highpowere Hilanders, who went on a 17-9 run on the Bearcats to start the game. The Hilanders were led by Michael Foust’s game-high 30 points.
The Bearcats (5-5 overall) host Aberdeen on Wednesday in a 2A Evergreen Conference matchup.