Mountaineers come back but fall to Ducks


The Rainier boys basketball team closed one gap in the second half, but couldn’t pull off a second comeback, losing 65-53 to Toutle Lake.

“Our guys showed a ton of resiliency tonight,” Rainier coach Ben Sheaffer said.

The Mountaineers trailed 21-9 after a quarter of play, but chipped away at the deficit to go into the fourth quarter down just two.

Once in crunch time, though, Toutle Lake pulled back away with a 23-point fourth. Senior star Zach Swanson led the way for the Ducks with 35 points, including going 24 for 24 from the free-throw line.

Josh Meldrum put in 12 points for Rainier, with Jake Meldrum right behind him on 10.

The Mountaineers (9-4, 6-3 C2BL) will host Onalaska on Wednesday.