Tigers Can’t Keep Up with Gardner, Seagulls


Though Napavine hung around for a while, Washington State basketball commit Kyra Gardner and the Raymond Seagulls pulled away, 64-41, Monday night. 

Gardner stuffed the stat sheet with 34 points, nine steals, seven rebounds, and five assists, nearly outscoring the Tigers (1-1) by herself.  

“We did not have an answer for Kyra Gardner tonight,” Tigers coach Shane Schutz said. “I thought our kids showed some fight … we have some work to do but hopefully we can grow from this type of competition.” 

The young Tigers kept it close at the half, trailing by single digits and in the third quarter brought it to within four at one point, but Gardner and the Seagulls proved to be too much in the end. 

Napavine turned it over 28 times, and couldn’t string together enough offensive possessions to stay in the game. 

Keira O’Neill was the lone Tiger in double figures with 10 points and six rebounds. Danielle Tupuola scored eight points to go along with nine rebounds in a near double-double effort. 

The Tigers will look to bounce back in their next game against Wahkiakum on Saturday.