Throwdown in Chehalis: Saturday's 2B District Guide

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It’s all going down at W.F. West this Saturday. For one day in Chehalis, the town will be the mecca for 2B District IV hoops, with action starting up at 10 a.m. and finishing around 10 p.m. for a championship and state-clinching Saturday.

For your convenience, check out this guide for who is playing when, and what the stakes of each game will be as teams jockey for regional bids and seeding preference. 

Oh, and you’ll probably see a few nets cut down along the way. 

Girls Fifth-Place Game — Onalaska vs. Rainier — 10 a.m.

Ony and Rainier are both coming off losses in the consolation bracket Thursday: the Loggers to Adna and Rainier to Wahkiakum

Now they face off in a do-or-die battle for the fifth and final spot in regionals. Winner moves on, the loser's season comes to an end. The game is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, at W.F. West High School.

Boys Fifth-Place Game —Ilwaco vs. Toutle Lake — 11:30  p.m.

Both teams are coming off a loss in the consolation bracket: Ilwaco in a defeat by Napavine and Toutle Lake to Adna. Now they battle for a regional playoff berth at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, at W.F. West High School, with the loser moving to a winner-to-regionals, loser-out matchup with District 1-2’s No. 2 seed.

Girls Third-Place Game — Adna vs. Wahkiakum — 1 p.m.

Adna and Wahkiakum both survived the consolation bracket to reach the third/fourth-place match and clinch regional playoff spots.

Adna had to win two-straight loser-out matches before beating Onalaska on Wednesday to secure its berth. Wahkiakum was defeated in the district semifinals and beat Rainier on Wednesday to reach this matchup.

The Pirates and Mules square off at 1 p.m., Saturday, at W.F. West High School.

Boys Third-Place Game — Napavine vs. Adna — 2:30 p.m.

Adna fended off Zach Swanson and Toutle Lake in the consolation bracket Friday to secure a regional playoff spot after falling to Morton-White Pass in the district semifinals.

Napavine also lost in the district semis, on a buzzer-beater by Central 2B League champion Kalama on Thursday. The Tigers then beat 2B Pacific League champion Ilwaco to notch their regional berth.

Napavine and Adna face off at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, at W.F. West High School for third/fourth-place.

Girls District Championship — Raymond vs. Chief Leschi — 6 p.m.

Raymond remains the favorite to win District IV gold, but perhaps the surprise of the girls tournament has been Chief Leschi. The Warriors welcomed a transfer in from Annie Wright, and after getting cleared to play midway through the season, have been on a tear adding Taia Mitchell to the fold. 

A buzzer-beating layup by Mitchell sent Wahkiakum to the loser’s bracket in the district semis, after the Warriors already shocked Adna in the quarterfinals and beat Toledo in the opening round. 

But Leschi will face an old demon for a district title, those pesky Seagulls of Raymond, led by Washington State basketball signee Kyra Gardner. 

The Seagulls easily dispatched Toutle Lake and Rainier in the first two rounds, before getting a stiff challenge from Onalaska in the semifinals. The Loggers led by double digits at one point in the first half, but Gardner and freshman Karsyn Freeman wouldn’t go down without a fight. The pair scored 18 points in the third quarter and helped Raymond fend off the Loggers and advance to the district championship.

Raymond has already defeated Leschi twice this season, 61-50 back on Dec. 14, and 57-40 on Jan. 21, but both wins were when the Warriors were without Mitchell. 

If the Seagulls win, it’ll be their first district title since 1990, when they beat Mossyrock. For Chief Leschi, it’s already the furthest the Warriors have made it since joining the 2B ranks, having never placed in the 2B District IV tournament. 

Boys District Championship — Morton-White Pass vs. Kalama  — 8 p.m.

It’ll be an all Central 2B league championship once again in District IV when Morton-White Pass and Kalama meet up Saturday night in the tournament closer. 

The Chinooks will be looking to defend their district championship from last season, when they beat Napavine, 57-47, and the Timberwolves will be gunning for their first title since 2015, when they usurped Toledo in double overtime.