Montesano got its postseason off on the right track with a 79-29 blowout victory over Columbia-White Salmon in a 1A District 4 Tournament girls basketball game on Friday, Feb. 11, in Montesano.
Montesano (17-1 overall) opened the game on an 11-0 run and led by 33 points at halftime, as the Bulldogs hammered the Bruins (3-12) in the paint and on the glass.
“We started very strong tonight,” Montesano head coach Mark Mansfield said. “Our defense was aggressive and we got after them.”
Montesano senior Paige Lisherness had a monster of a game. The 5-foot-11 post player, who was named one of the WIAA’s “Athletes of the Week” earlier in the week, dominated the painted area. Lisherness scored a career high 32 points as the Bruins had no answer for the defending 1A Evergreen League co-MVP.
Lisherness had help.
Sophomore guard Mikayla Stanfield had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds with Jaiden King (9 points, 4 steals) and Maia Young (9 points, 8 rebounds) combining for 18 points in the game.
Eight Bulldogs scored in the contest as Montesano consistently made the extra pass, often resulting in prime scoring opportunities in the paint or open looks on the perimeter.
“We have a number of girls that are capable of scoring,” Mansfield said. “They just have to be confident and they were tonight. … When we move the ball like that, we can be pretty tough.”
The outcome was a forgone conclusion early in the first half as the Bulldogs, on the heels of the aforementioned 11-0 run to start the game, held a 27-2 lead after a near-perfect first quarter.
Lisherness scored nine points in the period followed by Stanfield and King, who had eight and five points in the first quarter, respectively.
Lisherness would score 19 points in the second and third quarters combined, as Monte held a 44-11 lead at the half and a 64-29 advantage at the end of the third quarter, allowing the starters to sit for most of the final period.
Defensively, Montesano held CWS scoreless in the fourth quarter and outrebounded the Bruins 47-18.
Lisherness grabbed eight rebounds and had five steals.
Olivia Young added six points and four steals, while Vanna Prom scored four points and led Monte with five assists.
Montesano will host King’s Way Christian — which defeated Eatonville 44-35 in a Friday quarterfinal matchup — in a district semifinal game on Tuesday (time to be determined).
La Center 55, Elma 22
A scoreless second quarter spelled doom for Elma in a 55-22 loss to La Center in the first round of the 1A District 4 Tournament on Friday at La Center High School.
Elma (3-13) kept the game close in the first quarter, trailing 16-10 thanks in large part to six points by junior guard Jacki DeMoss.
But the game got away from the Eagles in the second period as La Center (13-6) outscored Elma 17-0 in the frame to take a commanding 33-10 lead by halftime.
Elma was outscored 22-12 in the second half en route to the loss.
Emmie Spencer led Elma with eight points.
The Eagles will play in a district elimination game on Tuesday (time, opponent, location to be determined).
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Toutle Lake 60, Raymond 47
A memorable season for the Raymond Seagulls came to an abrupt end on Friday after a 60-47 loss to Toutle Lake in the elimination round of the 2B District 4 Tournament at Black Hills High School.
Raymond (13-6) trailed 17-7 early but righted the ship to close the deficit to 30-27 by halftime.
But the Ducks (12-7) made the plays in the second half. Toutle Lake held Raymond to eight points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth to pull away with the upset victory.
“This loss is really tough for us right now. We didn’t expect our postseason to end this way,” Raymond head coach Derek Rask said. “Toutle Lake was more engaged than us and they deserved the win.”
Raymond senior guard Tre’ Seydel ended his legendary prep career with another spectacular scoring effort. Seydel finished the game with 39 points and as the all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,473 points.
Aside from Seydel, Raymond will graduate seniors Adrian Quintana, Deleak Hubbard, Jaxson Freeman, Riley Thaxton and team manager Daysa Sypaphay.
“It’ll be hard to say goodbye to our seniors. They are such an incredible group of young men,” Rask said. “I will certainly miss them.”
2A District 4 Girls Basketball Tournament
Washougal 69, Aberdeen 28
1B District 4 Boys Basketball Tournament
Pe Ell 56, Mary M. Knight 38 (Thursday)
Firm Foundation 72, Lake Quinault 32 (Thursday)
1B District 4 Girls Basketball Tournament
WA School for Deaf 34, Wishkah Valley 30 (Wednesday)
Oakville 47, Three Rivers Christian 18 (Thursday)