It was a busy night on the Harbor, as several local basketball teams near the end of their regular season schedules.
Here’s a review of the action on Friday, Feb. 4.
Centralia 69, Aberdeen 67
Aberdeen fell just short of its second straight win in a 69-67 loss to Centralia on Friday at Centralia High School.
The Bobcats (2-16 overall, 1-11 2A Evergreen) trailed 34-26 at the half but erased much of that deficit by outscoring the Tigers 17-11 in the third quarter.
Both the Bobcats and Centralia (6-11, 4-8) ramped up the offense in the fourth quarter, each scoring 24 points for the 69-67 final.
In the highly-competitive matchup, both teams shot 42% from the field — Aberdeen on 25-of-59 shots and Centralia making 19-of-45 field goals — but the game was won at the free-throw line for the Tigers. Centralia hit 27-of-38 (71%) attempts from the line while Aberdeen reached the charity stripe just 14 times in the contest, hitting four free throws for 29%.
Senior Andrew Troeh led Aberdeen with 20 points and eight rebounds in a performance Bobcats head coach Mark Buckman said “showed strong leadership.”
Kyle Miller led Aberdeen with four assists and Kale Goings was commended by Buckman for continuing “to be the heart and soul of our defense.”
Centralia’s Landon Kaut led all scorers with 36 points.
“Proud of the team’s effort for four quarters,” Buckman said. “Players stuck together and had a strong belief they could win despite a deficit at halftime.”
Aberdeen will close out the regular season against Shelton at 7 p.m. on Monday in Aberdeen.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Rochester 41, Hoquiam 39
On a night when Hoquiam celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, the Grizzlies fell just short in a 41-39 loss to Rochester on Friday in Hoquiam.
The Grizzlies (5-12) held a 21-17 lead at the half, thanks in large part to a blistering-hot second quarter from Charli Sampson-Eastman. The senior shooting guard scored 11 of her team high 13 points — including three 3-pointers — in the second quarter.
But Hoquiam struggled from the floor in the second half, scoring just nine points in each of the third and fourth quarters while Rochester scored 12 points in each of the final two periods.
Rochester (6-9) made the go-ahead bucket with 12 seconds left to pick up the victory as 30 turnovers in the game hurt Hoquiam’s chances at victory.
Sampson-Eastman added 11 rebounds to record a double-double and teammate Ella Folkers also scored in double digits for Hoquiam with 11 points to go along with seven rebounds and four steals.
“Charli Sampson-Eastman had another great night and could have had more if we would have let her help us. Ella Folkers had a gritty, great performance tonight with a lot of activity,” Grizzlies head coach Chad Allan said. “It has been a challenging year of missed opportunities. We make no excuses as the game does not lie, if you are ready or not.”
Eatonville 35, Elma 28
Elma missed a chance to lock up the league’s final playoff spot with a 35-28 loss to Eatonville on Friday in Elma.
The Eagles (2-10, 1-6 1A Evergreen) scored just 10 points in the first half and trailed 20-10 before getting back into the game by outscoring the Cruisers (5-10, 4-4) 13-8 in the third quarter.
Neither team tickled the twine much in the fourth quarter, with each team scoring just five points apiece over the final eight minutes.
Elma was led by senior Hannah Warren, who scored 10 points as the only Eagles player to score in double digits.
The bulk of Eatonville’s scoring came from senior guard Hailey Rath, who scored 23 of her team’s 35 points.
Elma will face Tenino in a make-up game at 7:15 p.m. on Monday at Elma High School.
Mossyrock 44, Willapa Valley 26
Willapa Valley will enter the 1B District 4 Tournament as the 1B Columbia Valley League’s No. 2 seed after a 44-26 loss to Mossyrock on Friday at Mossyrock High School.
Willapa Valley (10-8, 4-2 1B Columbia Valley) trailed 22-18 and was in the game until turnovers took a toll in the third quarter.
“It was a really physical game and we really got beat up in the third quarter,” said Willapa Valley head coach John Peterson, whose team committed 11 of its 21 total turnovers in the third quarter.
Further complicating matters for Willapa Valley was a poor-shooting night from close range. As a team, Willapa Valley shot just 23% from the field on 9-of-40 shooting, missing several layups and point-blank shots in the process.
“You have to make close shots and we missed some,” Peterson said. “I’m really proud of the kids and I thought we competed hard, but you’ve got to make the close ones.”
Senior Chayse Coady led Willapa Valley with 10 points to go along with four rebounds.
Willapa Valley will open the 1B District 4 playoffs by hosting a quarterfinal game at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 (opponent to be determined).