This was a hard fought battle today with Adna,” Willapa Valley HS Head Girls' Basketball Coach Matt Bannish told the Herald. “It was a low-scoring game, but we slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter. I thought the girls did a nice job with our defensive plan. We installed a flat 3-2 defense to guard their perimeter shooters and it seemed to work. I was really proud of how we battled all day.
“Adna had us frustrated offensively in the first half, but we did a much better job in the second half,” Bannish said.
“This was the first district win for the girls program in a long time,” Bannish said. “I would also like to thank our fans and the band. From where I was sitting, the Willapa Valley fans pretty much filled one side of the Montesano gym. That was pretty impressive.”
Karli Friese paced the Vikings with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Lauren Friese had 10 rebounds, 9 points, 4 assists and 3 blocks.
Willapa Valley jumped off to a 12-6 first quarter lead, but led only 22-21 at intermission. Valley outscored the Lady Pirates 8-3 in the third quarter and 14-6 in the fourth quarter.
The Vikes shot only 31% from the field on 15 of 48.
Brooke Harden scored 7 points, pulled down 6 boards and made 3 blocks, and Alicia Smaciarz netted 9 points.
Willapa Valley (18-3) committed 16 turnovers.
Valley played Morton-White Pass last night at Centralia in a semifinal match-up.
Wahkiakum 51, Raymond 29
Wahkiakum walloped Raymond 51-29 Saturday at the District IV tourney.
“We are in a weird place this late in the season where we are really trying to find ourselves as a unit with our current roster,” Raymond head coach Jon Schray told the Herald. “We started three freshman and a sophomore that prior to two games ago was a 2-quarter split player. I was happy with the effort last night.”
Raymond (14-7) played Northwest Christian Monday afternoon in Montesano.
“Northwest Christian is the one team out of the last three games that we have beaten with our current lineup, so we feel pretty good about our potential,” Schray said.
The Lady Seagulls played the Mules without one of their top players, Aiysha Garcia, who was out due to a team rules violation, according to Schray.