WATCH: Tahoma girls dig out of deep hole, upend reigning 4A SPSL champion Rogers of Puyallup

PUYALLUP – Over the past two-plus seasons, few teams in the 4A SPSL have been able to match the Rogers Rams‘ fast and unrelenting pace.

But they found a team more than capable of running with them – from a different 4A league up the road.

Tahoma is full of sophomores and ninth graders who let it fly – which is a big reason why the Bears are co-favorites in the 4A NPSL. And this young group posted one of its biggest wins to-date Monday night – a 64-57 comeback victory over the previously-unbeaten Rams.

Talented sophomore point guard Hope Hassmann fueled the rally with a game-high 22 points, 19 coming in the second half – and 14 in the first 4:58 of the third quarter.

Angie Cavanaugh added 17 points for the Bears, who made 11 3-pointers in the game. Allyson Pettit paced the Rams with a team-high 15 points, including three 3-pointers.

Did this signal a shift in South Sound girls basketball supremacy at the 4A level?

Maybe. Maybe not. But one thing is for certain – these Bears aren’t going away anytime soon.

“It doesn’t matter if we are up 20-2 or down 20-2 – we are going to continue to do what we do,” Tahoma girls coach Pete Smith said. “We press. We run. That is our whole game plan.”

But it was Rogers dictating the action, and getting easy shots in building a 19-6 lead late in the first quarter.

Cavanaugh was the first Tahoma regular to catch fire, tallying 11 second-quarter points, including three 3-pointers, and the Bears cut it to 32-28 by halftime.

From the opening seconds of the second half, it became Hassmann’s game to control.

She got to the basket on the Bears’ first possession, then stole the inbound pass – and scored again to tie the game at 32-32.

:The first couple fo quarters wasn’t really my games. I wasn’t getting the shots I wanted,” Hassmann said. “We had a good halftime talk as a team … and we came out and got a couple of steals.”

Hassmann scored eight consecutive points for Tahoma, including a pair of 3-pointers. Cavanaugh buried another shot from long range, and suddenly it was the visitors who had a double-digit advantage – 52-41.

Rogers cut it to 62-57 on Pettit’s 3-pointer with 50 seconds to go, but Hassmann calmly sank two free throws on the other end.

“Rogers is a really well-coached team …and I knew this was going to be a really tough game coming in,” Smith said. “I am just proud of the kids.”

Here are highlights from the Tahoma-Rogers game:

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