Renton girls beat Sumner 42-40 in thrilling regional opener
By BRIAN BECKLEY
Renton Reporter Assistant Editor
February 25, 2013 · Updated 1:34 PM
The Renton Indians girls basketball team overcame a sluggish start and lowest-scoring first half of the season and roared back to defeat the Sumner Spartans 42-40 in a thrilling rematch of the sub-district tournament championships.
Jordan Armstrong had the game-winning shot when with time running out she stole the ball and charged for the hoop, dropping in a layup to break a 40-40 with 20 seconds left on the clock.
After the game, an emotional Armstrong said as the game-winning shot left her hand, she wasn't even sure it would go in.
"But I had faith in my team and I knew we could do it," she said. "I want to hug everybody."
Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the first half, but especially the Indians, who headed into the locker room down 21-11. But at halftime, coach Tim White said his team had a "come to Jesus moment in the locker room" when he told them this was not their game and they need to play their game or face going home.
"They responded," he said with a big grin.
All-Seamount League Player of the Year Taylor Farris had another big game for the Indians on both sides of the ball. After the game, Farris described the win as the "best feeling ever" and said Renton was letting Sumner get the best of them in the first half and dictate the pace of the game, something they were able to turn around in the end.
"We finally came out and played our game," she said. "We had to put our hearts into that."
Renton next moves on to the state tournament, beginning Feb. 28 in Yakima.