Columbia High lost its Southwest District Class 1A Girls Basketball Tournament play-in game Tuesday to Forks, 38-26, in Castle Rock. Senior Lacey Kruse scored nine points, and Adrianne DeLay and Aleigha Rude each had six for the Bruins, who got down 13-2 after one quarter but rallied in the second to get within 17-15 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Columbia (10-11) trimmed Forks' lead to 25-24. But in the final frame, the Bruins mustered just two points while the Spartans put in 13 to win by a dozen.
The victory earned Forks a spot in the eight-team district tournament that tipped off Feb. 19 in Tumwater and Longview.
At Ilwaco 42, Columbia 39:
The Fishermen held off the Bruins last Friday to claim second place in final SWW 1A Trico Division girls basketball standings and clinch the division's No. 2 seed in the Southwest District tournament.
The Bruins played to stay in the game in the first half and went to their dressing room down 27-20 at the break.
But they turned things around in the third quarter, outscoring the Fishermen, 9-2, to tie the game at 29-all.
Senior Lacey Kruse's 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals paced the Bruins, who finished fourth in the Trico at 3-7 and regular-season play at 10-10. Among their losses was a 42-40 setback at home to Ilwaco.
At Stevenson 49, Columbia 41:
On Feb. 10, the Bruins traveled to Stevenson for their rematch with the Bulldogs. Columbia had its way in White Salmon, and Stevenson enjoyed homecourt advantage on this Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs (1-9, 5-15) led 9-7 after one quarter, 24-20 at the half and 34-30 through three, then put the game away with a 15-10 fourth quarter.
For Columbia, Kruse poured in a career-high 31 points, to go with 15 rebounds and five steals. Mandy Stump led Stevenson with 19 points.