Aberdeen gets running in second half to down Tumwater, 56-47

Aberdeen circled Tuesday night’s game with Tumwater as a must-win game to get itself back on track and into the hunt for the district tournament.

The Bobcats got that win on the run.

Locked in a basket-for-basket battle with the T-Birds, the Bobcats came out running and gunning in the second half to get a cushion and keep it for a 56-47 Evergreen 2A girls basketball win at Sam Benn Gym.

Emily Fisher led all scorers with 23 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals for AHS (4-3, 9-7). Fisher knocked down 16 of her total in the second half, starting with a 38-foot 3-point shot that got the Bobcats rolling.

“Did you see Fisher’s first shot in the second half?” AHS head coach Aaron Roiko asked. “Overall, when you go through a spell of losing five of your last six games, you just need a win to believe. We needed that win and we’ll take it any way we can get it.”

The teams traded baskets and turnovers throughout the first half. Aberdeen never led by more than four points and Tumwater grabbed two second-quarter leads midway through the frame. Aberdeen led, 26-25, at halftime.

After halftime, the Bobcats came out running. Fisher hit her long-range bomb early to start the scoring, then accounted for seven of AHS’s nine straight points to build its biggest lead of the game, 35-25, with 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

“I think sometimes coaches over-coach,” Roiko noted. “In the half-court set, players aren’t as fluid in their plays as they are just going out there attacking the lanes and getting those early looks. We wanted to get early looks and early baskets and we got them.”

Tumwater responded with its own third-quarter run, a 11-2 spurt bookended by 3-pointers by Kayla Monroe, to trim the deficit to 37-36 with 1:56 remaining in the frame.

Kiana Dixon and Fisher paced a quarter-ending 7-1 run to give Aberdeen a satisfying 44-37 lead after three quarters. Tumwater would never get as close as that 1-point deficit, climbing back to within four, 49-45, with 3 1/2 minutes left.

Fisher nailed two clutch 3-point baskets in the fourth to keep the lead comfortable. Dixon finished with 11 points in support.

Coach Roiko praised Fisher for her all-around game and cited Tiana Blackburn for her work as well. Blackburn pulled down seven rebounds for the Bobcats.

On Friday, Aberdeen stays home to take on Chehalis.

Tum 11 14 12 10 — 47 Abe 15 11 18 12 — 56

Tumwater (47) — Kelly, Monroe 8, Christoffer 8, Bergquist 11, Carlson 4, Gilchrist 5, Groening 11. FG — 18-60 (.300).FT — 6-12.

Aberdeen (56) — Schermer 4, Fisher 23, Dixon 11, Walsh 2, Manwell 4, Blackburn 4, Donovan 8. FG — 20-54 (.370). FT — 12-17.

JV — Tumwater 43, Aberdeen 28.