Third-ranked Lynden shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half and held White River to 30.4 percent shooting in the game, on its way to a 66-45 win over the Hornets in the Class 2A boys basketball state finals Saturday at the Yakima SunDome.
Against a Lynden team known for its stingy man-to-man defensive pressure, White River never got a rhythm going offensively. White River jumped out to a quick 11-6 lead late in the first quarter, thanks to seven quick points from Billy Kiel, who finished with 14 on 5-of-14 shooting.
“They’re a good team,” Kiel said. “They’re up tight on you. We kept on trying to do everything we could to pull out the win, but couldn’t do it.”
But Lynden contested just about every White River shot all game, which led to the Hornets’ low shooting percentage, all while it seemed as though the Lions had a harder time missing. They hit close to 60 percent in the second half, and finished the game at 54.2 percent (26 of 48).
A 9-0 run in the final 2:37 of the first half gave Lynden a 28-17 advantage, and its hot shooting continued in the second half. The Lions’ double-digit lead bloomed to 18 at 43-25 on John Shine’s bucket with 1:40 left in the third its first 20-point lead at 47-27 just 19 seconds into the fourth quarter.