ST. HELENS — Summit started off hot and never let up Tuesday night, and now the Storm are in the Class 5A boys basketball state playoffs.
A 10-0 run to start the game set the tone as Summit defeated St. Helens 61-50 in a play-in game at St. Helens High School. The Storm will play on the road Friday night in a first-round game against an opponent to be announced.
Senior wing Nick Moyer led Summit with 20 points, and Austin Peters added 14 points and seven rebounds. Cade Cattell scored 13 points for the Storm (12-13).
Summit was ahead by 20 points early in the fourth quarter and made 19 free throws in the final period to seal the win.
“We started off great,” said Summit coach Jon Frazier. “We were a little nervous going in with such a long bus ride. The kids executed really well and kept their composure. It was a physical game.”
The Storm made 25 of 34 free throws in the contest, and Peters was eight of eight from the line, including seven of seven in the fourth quarter.
“Our kids did a good job of attacking the basket and forcing contact,” Frazier said.
Summit led by 13 points at halftime, but St. Helens made four 3-pointers in the third quarter to cut the Storm lead to six.
Behind the play of Moyer and Peters, Summit pushed its lead back to 16, 38-22, going into the fourth quarter.
Also on Tuesday:
Mountain View 32
The host Cougars led 29-28 going into the fourth quarter, but struggled shooting and only scored three points in the final period as the Lancers won the Class 5A play-in game to end Mountain View’s season. Ciera Waldrup led the Cougars with 10 points and five rebounds, and Megan McCadden added seven points and nine rebounds. “We just were not getting shots to fall,” said Mountain View coach Steve Riper. “We had good shots and open looks.” Mountain View finished the season 16-9 overall. “The kids played hard and had a great year,” Riper added.