Nooksack Valley's boys' basketball ended its season in a way no team wants to end: winless. The Pioneers fell to South Whidbey 74-64 on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament to seal their fate.
The Pioneers started the game strong, pulling out to a 21-11 lead, but South Whidbey got to the foul line and took over the glass to gain the lead and get the win.
"In the second half, we didn't do a good job defensively," Nooksack coach Tyler Mitchell said in a phone interview.
Nooksack graduates two seniors, Seth Taron and Eben Rossmiller, from the team. Taron had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Rossmiller ended with four points and much of the ball-handling duties with Connor Beard out of the game.
"Seth had a nice game tonight; he was aggressive toward the rim," Mitchell said. "Eben did a nice job taking care of the basketball."
Now the Pioneers look to improve.
"You have to get better, you have to put time in during the offseason," Mitchell said. "I hope they use it as motivation to get after it and get stronger."
SOUTH WHIDBEY 74, NOOKSACK VALLEY 64
Nooksack Valley 21 17 12 14 - 64
South Whidbey 11 20 17 26 - 74
Nooksack Valley: Tanner Myhre 2, Noah Rawls 10, Aaron Bosscher 10, Eben Rossmiller 4, Brady Wood 3, Josh Gimmaka 17, Seth Taron 14, Curtis Handy 4. Team totals: 26-63 4-9 64.
South Whidbey: Reichershmaer 2, Bennett 2, Asay 13, Henderson 2, French 12, Collins 25, Hanson 0, Sutton 11, Sutfin 8. Team totals: 23-57 21-25 74.
3-ptg: Nooksack Valley 8 (Gimmaka 4), South Whidbey 7 (Collins 3). Rebounds: Nooksack Valley 31 (Taron 8), South Whidbey 39 (French 10). Assists: Nooksack Valley 15 (Rawls 5), South Whidbey n/a (Leader xx). Fouls: Nooksack Valley 15 (Fouled out: Bosscher), South Whidbey 9 (Fouled out). Turnovers: Nooksack Valley 13, South Whidbey 12.