The Kingston Buccaneers came within one win of advancing to the 2A girls basketball regionals Saturday but fell to Renton 33-28 at Washington High in Tacoma.
The Buccaneers had won two previous West Central District loser-out games before taking on the Indians for the fifth and final seed.
North Kitsap and Port Angeles remain as the final teams still playing from West Sound. The Vikings from Poulsbo beat Fife 49-41 Saturday to earn the third seed to regionals. Port Angeles lost in the district title game to White River, 56-47, and will be the No. 1 seed.
North Kitsap, with an RPI seed of 11, will face 14th-seeded Renton at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Rogers High in Puyallup. NK beat Renton in the district tournament 51-48.
No. 4 seed Port Angeles plays No. 5 seed Archbishop Murphy at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Tahoma.
At Washington High, Kingston jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first period but the Indians started to roll in the second and a couple quick baskets put Renton out front in the third only to have the Bucs lead again 20-18.
Neither team was able to gain the upper hand in the second half. Renton led by one before Kylee Walker hit a 3-pointer for a 24-22 Kingston lead with 3:02 in the third.
The Indians and Bucs were tied at 24 with 6:52 left in the fourth before Renton jumped ahead 28-26 with 4:24 remaining. With Renton leading 31-26, Morgan Halady’s two free throws closed the gap with 2:10 left but Kingston, despite several chances, couldn’t get the ball to drop against Renton.