Thunderbirds Keep Warriors Quiet in Win


There wasn’t much in the way of style points to go around, but the Tumwater girls basketball team stayed perfect early in the season Friday with a 46-24 2A EvCo win over Rochester.

“I’m pleased with our effort tonight,” Nathan Buchheit said. “There was a lot of learning on the fly this past week. In the long run, I think we will look back and be grateful to go through this as a team, and will be better for it.”

The T-Bird defense held the Warriors to just one point in the first quarter, and no more than eight in any of the next three. Tumwater’s own offense never really hit its stride — the team combined to shoot under 28 percent from the floor — but did plenty to get its lead out early and never looked back.

Regan Brewer had 15 points to lead the way; she only went 4 for 13 from the floor but added a 6-for-9 outing at the free-throw line to boost her tally. She also came away with five rebounds and seven steals. Rhylee Beebe finished with 13 points and led the Thunderbirds with nine rebounds and three assists. Both she and Morgan Simmons logged three steals. Sydney Sumrok hit a pair of 3-pointers and racked up 11 points.

Delany Winter led Rochester with 14 points, and Sara Haury had four.

“Our girls played hard defensively, but offensively we need to take care of the ball so we can have more attempts at the hoop,” Rochester coach Davina Serdahl said.

Tumwater (4-0, 2-0 2A EvCo) will host Aberdeen on Tuesday, while Rochester (1-4, 0-2 EvCo) will go to Centralia.