TUMWATER — Emily Fisher caught fire at the right time to rally Aberdeen’s girls to a critical road victory.
Fisher erupted for 27 points as the Bobcats came from behind for a 55-52 win over Tumwater in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game Tuesday night at Tumwater.
The Bobcats (3-5, 8-8) remain very much in the running for the league’s fourth district slot. The league’s top three clubs are ranked in the top six in the state 2A poll.
Aberdeen trailed by as many as 14 midway through the third quarter. The Bobcats charged back to within one at the end of three before Fisher, in AHS coach Aaron Roiko’s words, “took over the game in the fourth quarter.”
Fisher went 3-of-6 from 3-point range, made all eight of her free throws and grabbed 15 rebounds.
With her team up by two in the late going, Aberdeen’s Makenna Roiko converted a feed from Fisher, then took a charging foul at the other end. Coach Roiko also cited the defense of seniors Kiana Dixon and Alexxi Timmons in the fourth quarter.
“Our senior leadership kind of came through,” he said. “It was a great comeback.”
Aberdeen’s Tiana Blackburn pulled down nine rebounds.
The Bobcats will remain on the road to challenge second-ranked Chehalis on Friday.
Aberdeen 8 11 19 17 — 55
Tumwater 11 16 12 13 — 52
Aberdeen (55) — Fisher 27, Timmons 7, Dixon 8, Roiko 8, Kuhn 2, Johnson 1, Blackburn 2. FG — 16-49 (.327). FT — 17-23.
Tumwater (52) — Snyder 7, Kelly, Hare 9, Christoffer 21, Berquist 11, Gilchrist 2, Weatherford 2, Weller. FG — n/a. FT — n/a.
JV — Tumwater 38, Aberdeen 37. Kyra Gallinger 13 points for Aberdeen.
C squad — Aberdeen 49, Tumwater 26. Emily Wharton 18 points for Aberdeen.