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Darrington boys, girls basketball teams follow big wins with narrow defeats
DARRINGTON The Darrington High School boys basketball team routed Bear Creek 45-27 during the Loggers Feb. 15 home game, but errors in play and stiff competition allowed Evergreen Lutheran to edge them out 54-51 Feb. 17, said DHS boys basketball coach Jeff Bryson.
We had great defense, and we were playing well offensively, said Bryson of the boys performance against Bear Creek. We werent scoring a lot, but we were making good shots and being patient. Its fair to say it was a blowout. We were in control from the beginning.
In contrast to the Darrington boys solid win over Bear Creek, their narrow defeat at the hands of Evergreen Lutheran was a close contest right down to the final seconds of play, according to Bryson, who considered the opposition a very good team who took advantage of almost every opportunity.
We turned over the ball a little bit too much, Bryson said. I always figure that each turnover equals a basket that we could have had. During the third quarter, they had a seven-point lead over us at one point, but we closed that gap to within one point. We were down by three points by the end, and we had a chance within the final two seconds to tie the game, but we didnt make our miracle shot.
As of press time, the Darrington boys had yet to play the first of their two loser out games, the results of which would determine whether they stayed in the Tri-District Tourney.
The Darrington girls scored a similar record on those two days, trouncing Christian Faith 52-35 in the Loggers Feb. 15 home game, but losing by a much slimmer margin to Bear Creek 59-54 Feb. 17. DHS girls basketball coach Benny Bryson could not be reached for comment as of press time.