Even if Mount Rainier’s Brittany McPhee is contained, she really isn’t.
The White River girls’ basketball team prevented McPhee from scoring at least 30 points for the fourth consecutive game. But she still had 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, powering the Rams to a 52-37 victory Saturday at the ShoWare Center.
McPhee, last year’s Washington girls basketball Gatorade player of the year, faced different looks from the White River defense throughout the game, including 2-3 zone, man-to-man and box-and-one.
“No matter what you do, you can’t really guard her,” White River coach Chris Gibson said. “We tried to focus our efforts on her, but you really have to be aware of where their other kids are at, especially since she does a really good job of passing the ball.”
White River (7-1) came into the game as the top-ranked team at the 2A-level and had allowed a staggering average of just 13.5 total points its past four games (22.9 overall).
But the Hornets hadn’t played a team like Mount Rainier (10-0) – ranked No. 2 in Class 4A – or a player like McPhee, who averaged 29.2 points per game coming in.
“Brittany is always tough to stop, no matter what defense you have,” said Mount Rainer coach Bob Bolam. “They held her for a while, but that should happen against a tough team. They should be tough on us and make us use other options.”
Two of those options were Aqueelah Williams and Emily Fiso. Williams scored a season-best 14 points and Fiso added 10.