ROCHESTER — The Rochester girls basketball team’s season came to an end Wednesday at home, as the Warriors fell 49-26 to Washougal in the 2A District 4 tournament pigtail game.
“I was real proud of our girls,” Rochester coach Davina Serdahl said. “They’re a good team. We had our shots, that’s for sure. We just didn’t make them. Our girls played hard, it’s just unfortunate that it has to end at this juncture here.”
The Warriors, the No. 4 team out of the 2A EvCo came in after a season of scrapping wins out with a whole lot of defense and toughness. Wednesday, it caught up to them, going up against a deep Washougal team that was down to scrap itself, but could get its offense going at the same time.
Rochester maxed out at 10 points in the second quarter, and stayed in single digits the other three, with no players hitting double figures individually. Roisin Stull and Delany Winter shared the team lead with nine points and Hailey Angwood had four.
As a group, the Warriors finished 8 for 52 from the field, and 10 for 23 from the line.
“That was a struggle,” Serdahl said. “We were 8 for 52. So the shots were there — 52 of them. We’ve just got to hit some.”
Things got especially tough at the beginnings of the two halves. In the first quarter, two Roisin Stull buckets out of press-break sets were Rochester’s only points in the first six minutes, and while the Warriors kept the Panthers decently quiet, Washougal ground its way to a double-digit lead, and sat at 17-6 at the end of the period.
In the third quarter, Washougal held Rochester scoreless for nearly five minutes and ended up going on a 17-3 run, getting its lead out past 20 for the first time.
Stull finished with 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors on the glass, and fellow senior Hailey Angwood came away with nine of her own.
“They don’t back down, they play really hard, and that’s what I’m really proud of,” Serdahl said. “They’re not selfish. Sometimes they’re too unselfish, where they need to be more selfish. We talk about that, like ‘Why are you passing that, you need to take that shot.’”
That unselfishness led to a few extra turnovers for Rochester, which gave the ball away 24 times.
Rochester finishes up the winter with a 7-14 record, and will graduate Stull and Angwood from this year’s squad.
“They’re great kids,” Serdahl said of her seniors. “They work hard, they’re good leaders.”