The Shelton girls’ basketball team edged Timberline Wednesday 45 to 43.
The Highclimbers built an early seven-point lead but the Blazers pulled to within four by the end of the first quarter. Shelton’s Jayde Smith hit three three-pointers in the quarter.
Timberline went up six in the second but ‘Climbers rallied and pulled to within one at the break.
The Blazers started the third quarter one fire and built a nine-point lead but the Highclimbers pulled even and the quarter ended in a 34-34 tie.
In the fourth quarter, Shelton had a five-point lead but Timberline pulled even on a three by Zoe MacDougall with a minute to go. The Highclimbers’ Taya Gouley hit two free throws to put Shelton back up two with 45 seconds remaining. The Blazers’ Mia Harriot tied the game again with a jumper in the paint. Shelton’s inbounded the ball and a pass to midcourt was nearly stolen but Gouley managed to roll the ball to Mei Ping Vernon who made an uncontested lay up with 13 seconds remaining.
After a time out, Timberline tried to run a play through Harriot but Shelton’s Kylind Powell poked the ball away and ran out the clock.
Jayde Smith led the Higclimbers in scoring with 13 points. Taya Gouley finished with 10 but was four for four from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Zoe MacDougall led the Blazers in scoring with 14.
Shelton improved to 5-and-12 on the season, 3-and-8 in the South Sound Conference. Timberline dropped to 7-and-10 overall, 5-and-6 in the SSC.
The Shelton boys’ basketball team lost at Timberline Wednesday 71 to 46. The Blazers jumped out to a 23 to 9 first quarter lead and lead 42 to 29 at the half. The Highclimbers scored the first basket of the third quarter but then went scoreless for the rest of the period and Timberline lead 54 to 31.
Shelton drops to 10-and-7 on the season, 7-and-4 in the South Sound Conference.
The Highclimbers travel to North Thurston Friday. You can watch that game on the NFHS Network.