ELLENSBURG, WA – The Wenatchee Panthers post-season run ended Saturday in Ellensburg, falling to Mt. Rainier 73-50 in the regional round. The Rams jumped out to a 21-12 lead and pushed it to 21-points at the half, thanks to seven 3-pointers and excellent shooting from the floor.
Wenatchee Coach Travis Williams said his team came out a little wide-eyed. “We were not ready. We came out tentative and a team like that (Mt. Rainier) will make you pay,” said Williams.
The Rams continued to work the ball inside to their 6’7″ center Yadel Hedego, who led all scorers with 25-points. Mt. Rainier had four players score in double-figures. Wenatchee was led by the 17-points of Garrett Long and 12 from Logan Nelson.
Coach Williams said it was especially tough to have this be the last game for the team’s only senior, Darius Carlson. “We told him in the locker room after the game that he’s meant so much to this program. He’s really been the foundation of what we’ve been working for and it’s a hard way to go out,” said Williams. He added, “I hope this is a learning lesson for our team and we hope to be back here (to State) year after year.”
Wenatchee finishes the season 17-6. Mt. Rainier advances to the State 4A Tournament in Tacoma Wednesday and will face Richland.