first_imgTACOMA — The Tacoma Dome will be missing Clark County representation at the state basketball tournaments.The Columbia River boys basketball team — the county’s last shot in either 4A or 3A boys and girls basketball — fell short of the ultimate destination Saturday night in the Class 3A regionals, falling to Lincoln 55-35.“We did what we could,” senior Rian Bassett said. “They’re just a really good team. I think they’re going to take the state title. I don’t think anybody can stop them.”Columbia River’s effort to stop the Abes never really materialized. The Chieftains scored four points in each of the first two quarters, falling behind by 18 points.After the game, the Chieftains said they were satisfied with their second-half performance, even if they never seriously mounted a rally.“I’m proud of the way we played in the second half,” said Bassett, who scored all nine of his points in the final two quarters. “I just wish we could have started out like that.”Isaiah Smith led Columbia River with 16 points, 14 in the second half.“All four years of my career, we improved,” said Smith, the school’s all-time leading scorer.The Chieftains failed to make the district tournament in his first two years of varsity. Then last year, the Chieftains won the district tournament. This season, the Chieftains repeated at district and came one game short of the elite eight at the dome. Their season ended with a 17-7 record.last_img

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