Friday Prep Roundup: Poirier’s big game leads Ocosta to blowout win

Also: Improving Aberdeen falls to Rochester


Ocosta 58, Life Christian Academy 15

Filling in for injured center Kristi Raffelson, Ocosta sophomore Kylee Poirier was nothing short of impressive.

Poirier scored a team-high 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds and made 8-of-11 free throws to lead Ocosta to a 58-15 victory over Life Christian Academy on Friday in Westport.

Wildcats forward Kaylee Barnum scored 12 points to go along with five assists and three steals for an Ocosta team that shot 21-of-46 from the field.

Ocosta (13-3, 13-1 Pacific 2B) also had a great night on the glass, collecting 43 rebounds — 16 on the offensive end — to just 24 for the Eagles (0-16, 0-14).

The Wildcats led 17-5 at the end of the first quarter and expanded the lead to 32-7 by halftime.

With the win Ocosta moves a half-game behind idle Ilwaco (14-1, 13-0) for first place in the 2B Pacific League.

The Wildcats have a big test against third-place Willapa Valley (13-2, 11-2) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Menlo.

Life Christian 5 2 2 6 — 15

Ocosta 17 15 10 16 — 58

Top Players: Ocosta — Poirier (22 pts., 12 reb.), Barnum (12 pts, 5 asst., 3 stl.), Kjirstin Hopfer (8 pts.); LC — Naja Whitehead (6 pts.).

Wishkah Valley 36, North River 21

Wishkah Valley flexed it muscled and pounded the ball inside to grab the 36-21 road win over North River on Friday night.

Brooke Haskey was a big part of The Loggerettes inside game with 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

North River assistant coach Sean Pierson said Wishkah’s size was too much for the Mustangs to handle on Friday.

“They muscled their way (inside) to get them offensive boards and to get them those opportunites,” he said. “That third quarter, where they built the lead, was them dedicating themselves to getting the ball inside.”

North River (1-4) will try to snap its three-game losing streak when the Mustangs head to Taholah for a game scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wishkah (2-2) will be trying to extend its win streak to three games when the Loggerettes take on Mary M. Knight on Friday at 5:45 p.m.

Wishkah Valley – 9 7 10 10 – 36

North River – 6 6 4 5 – 21

North River – Ruby Gumaelius 10 pts., Katie Holmes (6 pts.),; Erica Bomhoff 10 pts., Haskey (10 pts., 17 reb.)

— Hasani Grayson, Grays Harbor News Group

Rochester 65, Aberdeen 44

Aberdeen had its best offensive performance of the season but couldn’t keep up with Rochester in a 65-44 at Sam Benn Gym on Friday night.

Aberdeen had trouble slowing down Rochester’s top scorers with Sadie Knutson and Sofie Sand scoring 23 and 21 points, respectively.

The win moves Rochester’s record to 1-3 in league and 8-6 overall.

The Bobcats (0-4, 1-12 Evergreen 2A) got a solid performance from Aliyah Tageant, who led the team with 13 points.

Despite the loss, head coach Rachel Wenzel was feeling good after her team cracked 40 points for the first time all season.

“I’m proud of the effort,” she said. “We played hard and improved on offense. That’s all I can ask for.”

Aberdeen will be back in action on Saturday with another home game against Olympic. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Olympic 19 18 14 14 — 65

Aberdeen 6 10 11 17 — 44

Top Players: Aberdeen — Tageant (13 pts.) Kaley Chum (9 pts.); Sofie Sand (21 pts.), Sadie Knutson (23 pts.)


— Hasani Grayson, Grays Harbor News Group


Aberdeen places sixth at Jills Tournament

Despite recording some of its best marks in school history, the Aberdeen Bobcats placed sixth out of six teams at the Jills Tournament on Frday in Longview.

Facing some of the state’s top teams on Friday, Aberdeen bowled a 746 in Game 1 — the best mark in school history — led by Iliana Mercado-George, who rolled five strikes in-a-row to score a 210 (also a school record) for the third best individual performance at the tournament.

Mercado-George rolled a 142 in Game 2 to finish the series with a 352, which was the second best series score in the program’s history.

Aberdeen finished Game 2 with a score of 670, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the tournament’s top teams.

“We bowled very well, but could not keep up,” Aberdeen head coach Dave Bruncke said.

Mark Morris was the tournament winner with over 2,500 pins (exact pin count not available at the time of this writing).

Aberdeen finished sixth with 2,103 pins after the playing in two games and an additional five Baker games.

Aberdeen (2,103) — Mercado-George (210, 142, 352), Annabelle Micheau (139, 143, 282), Meghan Howell (156, 126, 282), Bryerlee Perry (113, 138, 251), Kaitlyn Martin (128, 121, 249).