The game started out with a number of turnovers as the teams got the feel for each others' play. But Tacoma Baptist's Jennifer Brooks laid up the first basket for the game and the Crusaders broke loose on the man-to-man defense of Raymond.
"It feels good to be able to make a comeback when we were down by 15 after the first period," said Raymond coach Jon Schray.
Changing up their defense to a more suitable zone, Raymond was able to hold the Crusaders to only four points in the second period and bring the game within six at the half.
"We saw the man-to-man and were able to exploit it," said Tacoma Baptist coach Josh Marayan.
After a rough first half of play, Raymond held Tacoma Baptist to single digit periods for the rest of the night, allowing no more then seven in the final quarter of play.
The game went for several minutes during the night with neither team making any points, but the physical play was making the crowd get involved and wanting more fouls called then the referees on the floor allowed.
"It was a well-called game. The referees made it fair and did not allow the game to get out of hand," said coach Schray.
Seagull Karlee Freeman led the way for Raymond with 21 points with teammate Aiysha Garcia putting in 17 and having a rough night under the basket battling with Crusader Rachel VanLiew, who was held to six points. Running top points for the visitors, Brooklyn Pascua, was able to contribute 14 points in her limited time on the court as she suffered an ankle injury early in the second period and had to sit out the rest of the night.
"Pascua is a real trooper for us. She was also a little sick, but wanted to play," noted coach Marayan.
With her 12 points in the first period, a full game with Pascua on the court for Tacoma Baptist might have kept the game a little closer for the visiting Crusaders, but it looked like the steam had been lost when she had to be pulled from the game.
The Crusaders made a full team replacement with two minutes left in the game and the score board reading 51-36 in Raymond's favor, Raymond followed with a few replacements of their own getting more of their players time on the court.
This week will be the final games for the regular season schedule as the Lady Seagulls travel to South Bend for a 7 pm game on Wednesday and finish two days later in Ilwaco against the Fishermen who currently hold first place in the league.
It is a dead heat for second place between Raymond and Willapa Valley, but it looks like both will advance into the first round of District play scheduled to start on Feb. 9 with locations yet to be determined.