For one half, the Hoquiam Grizzlies banged and battled with the Montesano Bulldogs well enough to keep the game close.
Montesano then decided enough was enough right before halftime.
The Bulldogs closed the first half on an 8-0 run then scored 28 points in the third quarter to leave the Grizzlies in the rearview mirror of a 71-42 Monte win on Friday in Hoquiam.
Hoquiam (5-8 overall, 1-3 Evergreen 1A) tied the game early in the second quarter after holding Monte (12-5, 5-0) to just 16 points through the first 11 minutes of the game.
The Grizzlies took a 22-18 lead when Dane McMillan hit a 3-pointer with approximately three minutes left in the half.
But the Bulldogs found their rhythm midway after that, finishing the period on an 8-0 run that included 3-pointers from Braden Dohrmann and Carter Olsen to take a 26-22 lead into halftime.
“That final two minutes of the second quarter you could tell a little bit of fatigue set in on our guys,” Hoquiam head coach Curtis Eccles said. “And that continued in the third quarter.”
After the half, Monte put to rest any notion of a Hoquiam upset. The Bulldogs found an extra gear, outscoring the Grizzlies 28-12 in the quarter as two Monte shooters heated up.
Olsen and teammate Cole Daniels each caught fire in the period. Olsen hit three 3-point shots in the frame while Daniels added eight points in the third, including a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.
By the time the quarter had ended, Monte held a commanding 55-34 lead.
“Hoquiam played a heck of a first half of basketball. They played physical, strong, smart and shot the ball well,” Montesano head coach Doug Galloway said. “In the second half, we wanted to come out and be aggressive, … and we were hoping to hit a couple of jumpers. And in the second half, we did hit a few jumpers.”
In the third quarter alone Monte shot lights out. The Bulldogs went 9-for-20 from the field, including 6-for-9 from beyond the arc and hitting all five of their free-throw attempts.
Monte’s lead swelled to as much as 29 points at 68-39 after both teams had emptied their respective benches.
Olsen led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including hitting five 3-point shots.
Daniels added 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
Braden Dohrmann added 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting for the Bulldogs.
Hoquiam was led by Cameron Bumstead, who scored 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
Zach Elsos scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds for a Grizzlies team that was outrebounded 42-32.
Elma 65, Mossyrock 32
The Elma Eagles started off Friday’s game against Mossyrock on the right foot, quickly earning an 18-point lead in the first quarter en route to a 65-32 win at Mossyrock High School.
Elma (8-8, 3-2 Evergreen 1A) jumped out to a 23-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended the advantage to 41-16 by halftime, thanks in large part to a huge advantage in turnovers.
The Eagles’ defense forced 30 turnovers while just giving up the ball seven times on offense in the contest.
Elma also held a big advantage in rebounding, grabbing 42 boards compared to 27 for the Vikings (2-12, 0-2 Central 2B), including a 21-3 edge in offensive rebounding.
Though Elma only scored six points in the third quarter, the Eagles responded with an 18-point fourth.
“We started out well and pressured them,” Eagles head coach Jeff Niemi said. “We weren’t really happy with a lackluster third quarter but we bounced back and played well in the fourth.”
Brady Johnston led Elma with 16 points followed by Nick Church, who had 12 points for the Eagles.
Willapa Valley 61, South Bend 35
Despite getting outrebounded, Willapa Valley emerged victorious on Friday, defeating South Bend 61-35 at South Bend High School.
“We might have won the game, but we lost the battle,” Willapa Valley head coach Jay Pearson said after his team was outrebounded 38-36. “I really though South Bend played harder than us. They were quicker than us and wanted it a little bit more. … It was one of the few, if not only games where we were outrebounded.”
However, Willapa Valley (12-4, 11-2 Pacific 2B) was able to avoid the upset thanks to the talent at the top of the lineup.
Chad Flemetis led the Vikings with 17 points followed by Beau Buchanan, who has started to find his game again after missing much of the season due to having surgery. The 6-foot-6 junior scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Willapa Valley.
Willapa Valley’s leading scorer, Logan Walker, scored 12 points to go along with seven rebounds.
The Vikings shot 20-for-56 (36%) from the field and 8-for-19 (42%) from the charity stripe.
South Bend (1-15, 0-14) was led by junior center Steven Kirpes, who scored eight points.
Mayson Estle added seven points for the Indians.
North Beach 63, Raymond 53
North Beach used a big third quarter to erase a first-half deficit en route to a 63-53 victory over Raymond on Friday in Ocean Shores.
Four players scored in double figures for North Beach (4-12, 4-10 Pacific 2B), which trailed 33-25 at halftime before outscoring Raymond (5-10, 5-8) 19-6 in the third quarter.
The Hyaks outscored Raymond by five points, 19-14, in the fourth quarter to pick up the win.
North Beach center Tre’Vaughn Greene led the Hyaks with 21 points.
Kyle Fry added 16 points, Regan Harnagy had 14 and Josh Bighead scored 10 points and dished out 10 assists for North Beach.
Raymond was led by Tre’ Seydel, who led all scorers with 31 points.
McCartney Maden added 10 points for the Seagulls.
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Wishkah Valley 43, Oakville 24
Brooke Haskey scored 19 points to lead Wishkah Valley to a 43-24 victory over Oakville on Friday at Oakville High School.
The Loggerettes’ Kelcey Bernhardy scored eight points and grabbed 18 rebounds, 11 of those coming in the first half.
Breanna Schmoe added eight points for Wishkah.
Maria Casihan scored 11 points for Oakville.
Mary M. Knight 41, Lake Quinault 37
Mary M. Knight’s Jadyn Davidson scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Owls to a 41-37 victory over Lake Quinault on Friday at Lake Quinault High School.
Kat Neeland had six points, 14 rebounds and seven steals for the Elks, which played its fourth straight game that was decided by four points or less.