Willapa Valley remained undefeated in the 1B Columbia Valley League with a 56-50 victory over the Naselle Comets on Friday in Naselle.
Willapa Valley (14-3, 10-0 1B Columbia Valley), currently ranked No. 7 in the WIAA RPI 1B rankings, held a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretched the lead to 47-35 after outscoring the Comets (8-7, 7-2) 33-26 in the second and third quarters, thanks in large part to Riley Pearson’s five 3-pointers.
Naselle got to within double digits but the Vikings defense prevented any Comets comeback to pick up an important 56-50 victory.
“We know the league and district titles go through Naselle,” Willapa Valley head coach Jay Pearson said. “We expected a fight down there, it’s a hard place to play. … We played solid and kept pulling away.”
Junior Kolten Fluke led the Vikings with 19 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists.
Riley Pearson scored 15 points, all of which came on 3-point shots in the second and third quarters.
Derek Fluke scored six points and added a team high 10 rebounds in the game.
Willapa Valley, which has won 13 of its past 14 games, hosts Pe Ell at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
WF West 66, Aberdeen 37
Aberdeen couldn’t hold back a hot-shooting WF West offense in a 66-37 loss to the Bearcats on Friday in Chehalis.
Aberdeen (1-15, 0-10 2A Evergreen) fell behind by 12 after the first quarter and trailed 47-25 entering the fourth quarter as WF West (8-6, 5-3) broke a school record for 3-pointers in a game, hitting 13-of-24 (54%) shots from beyond the arc.
Aberdeen junior guard Baylor Ainsworth led all scorers with 15 points on five 3-pointers in the game.
No other Bobcats player scored more than five points as Aberdeen scored less than 40 points for the fourth consecutive game.
Aberdeen faces Rochester at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Rochester High School.
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Raymond 64, North Beach 19
Top-ranked Raymond rolled North Beach in a 64-19 victory on Friday at Raymond High School.
The Seagulls (13-1, 8-0 2B Pacific) three players score in double figures and held an 18 point lead after the first quarter.
Raymond’s defense allowed no more than nine points per quarter as the Seagulls opened up a 48-13 lead at the half and a 61-17 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Raymond was led by 2B state Player of the Year candidate Kyra Gardner, who recorded her fourth triple-double of the season on Friday. The Washington State commit scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and recorded 12 steals to lead Raymond, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the WIAA RPI rankings and No. 4 on scorebooklive.com.
Gardner had plenty of help as sophomore guard Kyndal Koski scored 17 points and freshman phenom Karsyn Freeman tallied 14 points to go along with six steals and five rebounds.
“Really nice first quarter for our kids. Proud of the way they came out with the mindset to compete,” Raymond head coach Jason Koski said. “I thought we played both phases — offense and defense — with a purpose. We were able to rotate many kids in and all had something to contribute to the win.”
North Beach (3-7, 1-6) was led by Skyler Langston, who scored nine points.
Montesano 51, Eatonville 13
A day before a first-place showdown with Tenino, Montesano took care of business with a 51-13 victory over Eatonville on Friday at Eatonville High School.
Despite a slow start, Montesano (13-1 overall, 5-0 1A Evergreen) got going in the second quarter to hold a 33-8 lead over the Cruisers (3-9, 2-3) at the half.
“(Eatonville) did a nice job of clogging things up in the middle and we tried to force stuff early on,” Montesano head coach Mark Mansfield said.
Sparked by the defense of sophomore guard Mikayla Stanfield, who Mansfield said “really got us going” with multiple deflections of Eatonville passes, Montesano held the Cruisers to no more than six points in a quarter and 13 points in the game — a season low for Eatonville.
“Our defense was really solid all night long,” Mansfield said.
Junior McKynnlie Dalan led Montesano with 17 points to go along with six rebounds.
Senior Paige Lisherness added 14 points and six rebounds while Olivia Young scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds for Montesano, which is ranked No. 2 in the most recent WIAA 1A RPI rankings.
Hoquiam 48, Elma 40
Hoquiam snapped a long losing streak with a 48-40 victory over Elma on Friday in Elma.
The Grizzlies (5-9, 1-5 1A Evergreen) picked up its first league win of the season and snapped a nine-game losing streak after holding the Eagles (2-8, 1-4) to 15 points in the second and third quarters combined.
Hoquiam senior guard Charli Sampson-Eastman scored 14 points — including four 3-pointers — to lead the Grizzlies.
Fellow senior Kamryn Krohn also scored in double digits with 12 points for a Hoquiam team that shot 16-for-42 (38%) from the field and 9-of-12 (75%) from the free-throw line.
Elma, which shot 16-for-50 (32%) from the field, was led by Aubrey Moore, who scored eight points in the game.
Hoquiam faces Eatonville at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday at Eatonville High School.
Elma plays on the road at Tenino at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Chief Leschi 68, South Bend 23
South Bend struggled against the physical play of Chief Leschi in suffering a 68-23 loss on Friday in Puyallup.
South Bend (3-10, 1-6 2B Pacific) trailed 13-9 after the first quarter but was outscored 30-2 in the second frame as the Warriors used its size and strength to punish South Bend defenders.
“We start each game strong but if things don’t go well we have a tendency to hurry and not stay under control,” South Bend head coach Randy Carlson said. “In the second quarter, (Chief Leschi) got physical and we don’t respond well to physical play. The rest is history.”
Brooklynne Johnson led South Bend with seven points as South Bend shot 11-for-33 (33%) from the field as a team.
South Bend hosts North Beach at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Willapa Valley 48, Ilwaco 40
Willapa Valley earned its third impressive win this week with a 48-40 victory over Ilwaco on Friday in Ilwaco.
The Vikings (8-7) won the non-league contest on the back of its 2-3 zone defense, which featured a wrinkle Ilwaco (5-9) may not have prepared for.
With Vikings post Hannah Hamilton unavailable to play on Friday, Willapa Valley head coach John Peterson called up 5-foot-10 junior varsity center Hadlee Russell to hold down the middle of the defense.
In response, Ilwaco was forced to put up shots from the outside, making just 6-of-37 (16%) threes in the game and shooting 15-of-75 (20%) from the field.
“(Russell) was wonderful,” Vikings head coach John Peterson said of the sophomore. “She took the middle of the zone and we dared them to shoot it and they didn’t make many shots.”
Meanwhile, Willapa Valley limited its turnovers to 11 in the game and went 20-for-53 (38%) from the field, sharing the ball with 17 assists as a team.
“They don’t care who scores, just as long as they score,” Peterson said of his team.
Willapa Valley led 27-17 at the half and 31-19 halfway through the third quarter before Ilwaco went on a 16-3 run to take a 35-34 lead.
But the Vikings dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring Ilwaco 14-5 to pick up its third straight win in less than a week.
Senior Lanissa Amacher led Willapa Valley with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Ana Chavez scored eight points with Chayse Coady having a solid all-around floor game with eight points, six rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.