Hustle lifts Foothill to 70-55 Harlan Carter win over Washougal

Foothill High’s Josiah Hutt goes up for a dunk in a 70-55 win over Washougal Thursday night in the opening round of the 49th Harlan Carter Invitational at Foothill High School. Hutt scored a game-high 21 points and had a pair of dunks. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

PALO CEDRO – One thing the Cougars have going for them early on in the season is hustle. With it, anything is possible for a young squad.

Foothill overcame a slow opening quarter by outscoring Washougal of Washington state by 15 points in the second period and coasted the rest of the way to a 70-55 win in the opening round of the 49th Harlan Carter Invitational at The Cougars’ Palace Thursday night.

The Cougars (2-0) had only one bucket past the midway part of the opening quarter before senior Josiah Hutt nailed a pair of 3-pointers to give the Cougars life. Hunter Edwards, Hutt, Chase Rossman and Bekdoo Lewis each scored in the paint during an 8-0 Foothill run that was fueled by defense and a backcourt steal from Edwards.

“Sometimes we’re playing so fast we make silly mistakes and I’ll live with that as long as we’re playing hard,” Foothill coach Bill Elliott said.

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Leading by four, Hutt turned a steal into a fastbreak one-handed jam and did it again later in the period to put Foothill up 12. Luke Lindsey knocked down a pull-up trey with under a minute to go and tipped in a putback before the halftime buzzer sounded for a 37-22 advantage.

It may have taken a bit for the Cougars to get going but they settled down and found their groove.

“We’re being patient, letting the offense come to us,” said Hutt, who scored a game-high 21 points to go with seven rebounds.

Lindsey helped Foothill open the third with three quick buckets, scoring inside on a feed from Josiah Palumbo, dishing to Hutt for a transition layup and knocking down a reverse layup set up from Lewis. The Cougars led by as many as 22 in the period but was ahead 55-38 entering the final stanza thanks to Hutt’s layup.

Five straight points early in the fourth from Lewis make it a 20-point lead and the Cougars wanted to continue pushing instead of slowing the game down and milking the clock. Elliott just used it as a teaching moment for his squad.

“We’ll get better,” Elliot said. “It’s one of those things we learn as we go.”

Foothill never led by less than 13 the rest of the way. Lindsey finished with 16 points, Lewis chipped in with 15 points and Palumbo paced the Cougars with 10 rebounds. Edwards led Foothill with six steals and five assists.

Washougal, which had about an eight hour drive through the rain before tip off, got 10 points apiece from Alex Orr and Kol Mael. The Panthers fall to the consolation bracket and face Newport of Oregon Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Foothill advances to the tournament semifinal to face off against Enterprise – a 54-46 winner over Newport – in the marquee game at 7 p.m. for an early rivalry contest.

“They should expect us to give a good punch,” Hutt said. “We’re going to come out hot and strong and we’re looking forward to it.”

Foothill 70, Washougal 55

WAS       11           11           16           17 – 55
FOOT     11           26           18           15 – 70

Washougal (0-1): Orr 10, Bea 10, Mael 9, Murray 9, Payne 8, McEwen 4, Miner 4, Deming 1.

Foothill (2-0): Hutt 21, Lindsey 16, Lewis 15, Palumbo 9, Edwards 4, Rossman 3, Lee 2.

3-pointers: Washougal 3 (Orr 1, Mael 1, Murray 1); Foothill 6 (Hutt 3, Lindsey 2, Lewis 1)

OTHER GAMES

Vallejo 61, Spring Creek 38
Jeremiah King scored a team-best 15 points for Vallejo, which advances to the tournament semifinal to play Shasta.

Garrison Byland scored 17 points for Spring Creek (Elko, Nev.), which faces Placer in the consolation semifinal Friday at 4 p.m.

THURSDAY SCORES

Shasta 79, Placer 50
Vallejo 61, Spring Creek 38
Foothill 70, Washougal 55
Enterprise 54, Newport 46

About T.J. Holmes

T.J. is a national award-winning journalist who has roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010. He shares his passion for sports and the community with his fiancé Tracy, who works alongside him as a videographer for Shasta County Sports. Story tip: shastacountysports@gmail.com.

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