Mountaineers open season with win over Vikings


The Rainier girls’ basketball team opened its season with a win on Monday night, taking down Mossyrock 40-26 at home.

“We were pleased with how we played on the defensive end of the basketball,” Rainier coach Brandon Eygabroad said. “We did a great job getting in the passing lanes and forcing turnovers.”

Bryn Beckman got the scoring going early with two three-pointers in the first quarter, helping the Mountaineers (1-0) take a 22-11 halftime lead, and she eventually finished with a game-high 16 points.

Brooklynn Swenson added eight points and Acacia Murphy scored five.

The Vikings (0-1) were able to force the Mountaineers to take rushed shots, but they allowed the Mountaineers to grab 17 offensive rebounds that led to second and third chances.

They also struggled with turnovers, giving the ball to Rainier 27 times on the night.

“We just need to focus on our turnovers and on not allowing so many put back opportunities after we play our tough defense,” Moorcroft said. “The attitudes and effort were great. I’m excited for where our potential will take us.”

Abbie Lovan led the Vikings with 12 points and Delaney Marshall scored five.

The Vikings are back in action on Thursday at Napavine, while the Mountaineers will host Forks on Saturday.