South Bend's Makenzie Russell goes up with a J against LaConner Friday afternoon at a tournament in Menlo.
Lady Seagulls stay red hot
By GEORGE KUNKE
Double-doubles by Raymond’s one, two punch of Abby Maneman and Aiysha Garcia catapulted the Lady Seagulls to a 49-42 win over Rainier Thursday at Seagull Gym.
Garcia scored 14 and corralled 13 rebounds and Maneman grabbed 11 boards and scored 10 points.
Courtney Hagain drilled nine points and Hailee Williams and Macy Karlsvik scored five points apiece.
Raymond, improved to 7-1 with the win, led 9-6 after a ragged first quarter and 23-18 at halftime. The Lady Gulls were in front 34-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
Raymond won this game at the free throw line while nailing down 18 of 29 compared to just 4 of 14 for the Lady Mountaineers. Rainier was 19 of 42 from the floor for 45 percent. Raymond shot 33 percent on 14 of 42.
Raymond 57, Naselle 16
Maneman turned in another big game with 22 points during a 57-16 blowout of host Naselle Friday. The talented senior also took down seven rebounds and blocked four shots.
“The girls played a great game, and shot the ball well,” Raymond HS Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Jon Schray told the Herald. “Naselle is a tough place to play. We were in foul trouble in the first half and went deep in to the bench where our role players really played well. Abby had another great game shooting 75% from the three-point line leading us to the win.”
Garcia scored nine points and had six boards and Williams came through with eight points. Karlsvik added five points for RHS.
Raymond shot 47 percent (17 of 36) from the field compared to 13 percent (4 of 30) for the Comettes.
Raymond defeated Montesano 58-36 at its New Year’s Classic and played Hoquiam Saturday at the tournament. The Lady Gulls visit Willapa Valley Wednesday and host Northwest Christian Friday.
LaConner 48, Lady Vikings 38
LaConner outscored Willapa Valley 13-3 in the fourth quarter to register a 48-38 win over the Lady Vikings at the Jack Q. Pearson Holiday Tournament Thursday night.
Michaela Huber netted a dozen points for Willapa Valley (6-4).
Willapa managed just 27 percent shooting on 15 of 55.
LaConner led 14-13 after the first eight minutes before the Vikes took a 25-20 halftime advantage. The game was tied at 35-35 heading into the fourth panel.
Valley hosted Pe Ell in the tournament Saturday before Raymond (Wed.) and South Bend (Fri.) visit Tenoski Gym.
Northwest Christian 43, Willapa Valley 39
Northwest Christian held on to defeat Valley 43-39 on Saturday (Dec. 22) at Lacey.
“Ugh...we couldn't pull it out,” Willapa Valley head coach Melissa Aust told the Herald. “We didn't play that great, in our 2-3 defense. We made mistakes and just seemed to never be in position. We missed several open layins; at one time I think it was three in a row and we just can't do that if we want to win these games. Their height hurt us a little in the first half; as we didn't rebound that well, but we matched up man the second half and it didn't hurt us.
“The most frustrating thing about this loss is that we didn't play great and we were right in the game the whole time and then lose by four,” Aust said. “If we could just cut down our turnovers and play a full four quarters, that would be awesome.
“Northwest Christian had their biggest lead by nine points at 5:13 in second quarter, but we went on a 10-0 run the next eight minutes to tie it up then it stayed within one basket until 6:03 in fourth quarter,” Coach Aust reported. “We had the lead at 33-29 and we then only scored two points in the next three minutes, where they scored 10. With 1:40 left in game, Northwest Christian led by two (39-37) and Lauren Friese reached across the end line and got a technical for touching the ball out of bounds as Northwest Christian tried to inbound it. Christian's Hailey Bredesen made both free throws and the Navigators retained possession and Bredesen scored again with :39 to play for a six-point lead.
“Brooke Harden and Sydney Wilkeson gave us some minutes off the bench tonight so that we could have a little bit of height against their tall girls,” Aust said.
Northwest Christian led 15-8 after one quarter and 19-16 at halftime. The Lady Navigator had a 28-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Valley was 18 of 59 from the field and 3 of 6 at the foul line. Christian made 17 of 44 shots from the floor and 9 of 14 free throws.
Individual Scoring Courtesy of Coach Aust
Willapa Valley: L Friese 2, Bannish 2, Huber 8, K Friese 16, Walker 4, Smaciarz 2, Fluke 2, Wilkeson 1, Harden 2. Northwest Christian: E. VanMarter 0, Bredesen 13, M. Vanmarter 9, Reeves 4, Jack 3, Sowers 10, Wagner 4.
Pe Ell 56, South Bend 16
Pe Ell crushed South Bend 56-16 in girls’ basketball Thursday afternoon at the Jack Q. Pearson Holiday Tournament in Menlo
Emily Sanchez pulled down 10 rebounds for SBHS and Myranda Curtis and Makenzie Russell both had eight boards
The Tribe shot a miserable 14 percent from the field on 6 of 43 and committed 29 turnovers.
After lead 6-4, South Bend was outscored 52-10 the rest of the game.
The Lady Indians of head coach Gary Wilson slipped to 4-5 on the season.
South Bend played LaConner in an afternoon game Saturday at the tournament. The Lady Indians visit Naselle today and Willapa Valley Friday. The Tribe hosts North Beach Monday (Dec. 7). The game was moved up from Jan. 24 and the game at North Beach was moved from Dec. 22 to Jan. 24.