Rainier's Kaeley Shultz (12) rises for a pass in the paint against Napavine defenders during districts on Wednesday.

Chehalis — Kaeley Shultz dropped a game-high 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 steals and Rainier pummeled Napavine 54-14 in the Mountaineers’ 2B District 4 playoff opener Wednesday.

The Mountaineers shot a blazing 57 percent from the field on 20 of 36 shooting to easily down the Tigers, holding Napavine to just 8 percent shooting on 4 of 50 from the floor. Faith Boesch added 15 points for Rainier.

“[We] struggled tonight from the field,” Napavine coach Shane Shutz said. “Rainier was well prepared. They shot extremely well. Shultz and Boesch hit big shots.”


Rainier's Sophie Beadle tries to split Napavine defenders during a district opener on Wednesday.

Third-seeded Rainier (17-4) moves on to the quarterfinals to face Pacific 2B League’s second-seeded Raymond (18-2) at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Montesano High School. The Seagulls have a sophomore star of their own, Pacific 2B MVP Kyra Gardner, to counter Rainier’s sophomore standout Shultz.

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Napavine (8-13) heads to the consolation bracket to take on the loser of Adna and Ilwaco on Monday at a time and location to be determined.

“We have to bounce back and get ready to play Monday,” Shutz said.


Rainier's Hazel Busic goes up for a breakaway layup against Napavine at districts Wednesday.

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