Cage Teams go 0 for 5 at District

By GEORGE KUNKE


Cage Teams go 0 for 5 at District

Photo Courtesy of Ann Rockett Willapa Valley HS junior Drew Pearson lets fly with a J against Winlock Saturday night against Winlock at Montesano.

Cage Teams go 0 for 5 at District

By GEORGE KUNKE

It was a like a Bad Day at Black Rock for four local basketball teams at the District IV tournament Saturday. Both of Raymond’s teams and the Willapa Valley boys and the South Bend girls took it on the chin and were sent to the elimination bracket. And, Willapa Valley’s girls’ team lost in the first round last Wednesday. However, two wins qualify a team to the Regional playoffs.

Saturday’s boys’ scores included Adna 56, Raymond 38 and Winlock 58, Willapa Valley 51. The girls’ scores were Napavine 35, Raymond 31, Onalaska 61, South Bend 35, and Wahkiakum 52, Willapa Valley 45.

Adna 56, Raymond 38

Adna drilled in 10 three-point baskets and connected on 50 percent of its field goal shots. Meanwhile, Raymond was only 2 of 13 (15%) from the arc.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t have one of our better games against Adna Saturday afternoon,” Raymond HS Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Mike Tully told the Herald. “We knew Adna had some good shooters, and we gave them too many open looks. To Adna's credit, they shot the ball really well (10-20 on threes). We did a nice job of forcing Adna into a number of turnovers; we just couldn't convert those turnovers into points. Offensively, we settled for too many long jumpers early in the shot clock.

“Now we need to regroup and prepare for a tough road through the losers bracket, starting with Wahkiakum on Wednesday night,” Tully added. “Wahkiakum plays a similar style to Adna; so hopefully we've learned something from Saturday's game.”

The Pirates led 16-7 after one quarter and 27-18 at halftime. The Bucs had a 25-9 edge early in the second stanza. The Seagulls clawed back to within three (33-30) with 1:01 left in the third quarter, but trailed 36-30 heading into the final eight minutes. Adna went on to outscore the Gulls 20-8 in the last frame after going on an 18-2 run.

Darol Ratsavongsy led RHS with 17 points. Andrew Hamilton and James Hamilton scored six points apiece. Carte Bisbee was held scoreless but made five steals and handed out five assists.

Raymond played the game without point guard Marvin So, who was out because of academic ineligibility.

Scoring Courtesy of Coach Tully:

Adna (56): Zurfluh 8, Wasson 20, Trotter 0, Hoven 4, Coleman 16, Moon 0, Kaech 2, Richardson 6, Latimer 0, Webster 0.  FG - 21/40, FT - 4/4.

Raymond (38): Maneman 0, Bisbee 0, Freeman 0, Newman 1, Flemetis 2, Villegas 2, Murdock 0, Sida 4, J. Hamilton 6, Ratsavongsy 17, A. Hamilton 6, McFadden 0.  FG - 17/53, FT - 2/6.

Winlock 58, Willapa Valley 51

Enrique Hernandez burned the nets for 28 points and Winlock used its powerful board play to defeat Willapa Valley.

The Cardinals out-rebounded Valley 33-25 and committed only 11 turnovers while forcing the Vikings into 17.

In a close first half, WHS led 15-13 after one quarter and 28-26 at halftime. Winlock outscored Willapa 30-25 in the second half while winning the third quarter 11-9 and 19-16 in the fourth quarter.

Valley shot 37 percent from the floor on 18 of 48 compared to 34 percent (19 of 56) for Winlock. The Cardinals canned 16 of 23 free throws, while the Vikes were 13 of 17.

Stephen Camenzind paced WVHS with 18 points and Anthony Sagen (4 steals) and Matt Konigsberger netted nine each.

Today’s boys’ elimination games include Wahkiakum vs Raymond (16-5), 6:30 at Rochester; Ocosta vs Willapa Valley (15-6), 6:30 at Montesano; Naselle vs Onalaska, 8 p.m. at Rochester; and Napavine vs Mossyrock, 8 p.m. at Montesano. The winners play Friday and those winners advance to the regional and play again Saturday and then play again Monday at Chehalis.

Last Thursday’s first round games included Adna 77, Ocosta 54; North Beach 41, Napavine 35; Winlock 57, Wahkiakum 52; and Mossyrock 91, Naselle 52.

Saturday’s other boys’ games included North Beach 33, Onalaska 32 and Morton-White Pass 82, Mossyrock 35.

Napavine 38, Raymond 31

In a slowly paced game, Napavine took advantage of Raymond’s turnovers Demi Sahlinger shoot in 18 points to lead the victory. Napavine’s man-to-man defense gave Raymond fits while forcing 23 turnovers.

It was Raymond’s first loss since the season opened against Napavine. The Lady Seagulls had won 19 straight.

Raymond led 7-5 after the first quarter but was outscored 17-6 in the second stanza to trail 22-13 at halftime. Raymond didn’t score a field goal in the second quarter until the one-minute mark. After breaking an 8-8 tie, the Lady Tigers never trailed. Napavine won the third frame 10-8 and both teams scored eight points in the fourth quarter. Raymond crept to within four points (32-28) with 5:09 to play but could get no closer.

Abby Maneman paced RHS with 13 points; Haille Williams wound up with nine and Aiysha Garcia garnered nine boards and scored seven points.

The Lady Gulls shot 30 percent (11 of 36) and NHS was 14 of 54 (26%). Raymond made only half of its free throws (8 of 16) and the Lady Tigers were 9 of 14.

Wahkiakum 52, Willapa Valley 45 (OT)

Poor shooting at the line and from the floor spelled doom for Willapa Valley in its opening round game against Wahkiakum at the District IV Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Montesano’s Bo Griffith Memorial Gym last Wednesday. Wakiakum came up with a late rally to tie the game and then won it overtime 52-45.

“It was close all night but we missed a couple shots and free throws at the end of the game and that gave them the chance to tie it up,” Willapa Valley HS Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Melissa Aust told the Herald. “There were several times right at the end and then in overtime that we let them drive right in to the basket and shoot or else pass to a post and score. “We had a couple offensive droughts, which let Wahkiakum stick around and hang on,” Aust said. “It was a very physical game and at times we didn't rebound that well. I thought our defense was strong and we gave enough pressure to make Wahkiakum turn the ball over.”
The Lady Vikings were cold at the free throw line – sinking only 9 of 24 for 37 percent. Valley was worse from the floor at 24 percent (16 of 66).

Aided by 10 Wahkiakum turnovers, Valley got off to a decent start while leading 12 after one quarter but the lead was cut to 19-14 at intermission. Wahkiakum trimmed the lead some more after three quarters (26-24). The Lady Mules outscored WV 15-13 in the fourth quarter to force overtime with the teams tied up at 39-39. Wahkiakum won the overtime session 13-6. Valley made only 3 of 12 charity tosses in the fourth quarter.

Valley trailed 35-34 with 1:24 left to play in the fourth quarter, and then sank two baskets to lead 38-35. After that bucket, Valley made only 1 of 6 free throws the rest of the quarter. With 37 seconds to go in regulation, WHS’s Sammi Boyce canned a J from the baseline with :23.2  and scored a layup at :07.1 to tie the game at 39. Valley’s Morgan Walker could have won it at the horn but her 3-foot puppy was off mark.

In overtime, Wahkiakum jumped out to a 44-39 lead and that all she wrote. Boyce drilled 4 of 6 free throws in the last two minutes to keep Willapa at bay.

Karli Friese shot in 16 points and Michaela Huber added 10. Also scoring for the Lady Vikings were Lauren Friese (8), Abbee Bannish (6) and Brooke Harden (5).

Boyce and Baylee Olsen popped in 15 points apiece for the Lady Mules and Haylee Budd scored eight. Wahkiakum was 21 of 54 (39%) and 7 of 17 from the foul line.

Onalaska 61, South bend 35

Hot shooting and forced turnovers derailed South Bend. Onalaska forced 30 turnovers and shot 50 percent (24 of 48) from the floor.

The Lady Loggers jumped out to a 23-14 lead after one quarter and were ahead 33-25 at halftime before outscoring SB 28-10 in the second half.

Autumn Durand poured in 25 points and Bailee Neilson (17 in the first quarter) netted 20 for Ony. Katlyn Sawyer scored 10 for SBHS and Makenzie Russell and Myranda Curtis added seven apiece.

The Lady Indians shot well at 47 percent but took only 30 shots.

Last night’s girls’ loser-out games featured North Beach vs South Bend (11-10), 6:30 at Montesano; Willapa Valley (12-9) vs Toutle Lake, 8 p.m. at Montesano; Mossyrock vs Raymond (19-2), 6:30 at Rochester; and Northwest Christian vs Wahkiakum, 8 p.m. at Rochester. The winners qualify to the regional and play Thursday and those winners play Saturday and again on Monday at Chehalis.

Last Wednesday’s other girls’ first round games included Napavine 66, North Beach 29; Onalaska 40, Mossyrock 13; and Toutle Lake 41, Northwest Christian 22.

Saturday’s other girls’ quarterfinal scores included Morton-White Pass 43, Wahkiakum 32; and Pe Ell 45, Toutle Lake 28.