One simple stat helps to sum up Montesano’s victory over Elma in an East County Civil War matchup on Friday – Montesano scored as many points in the first quarter as Elma did the entire game.
The Bulldogs brought their bruising defense and had four players score in double figures for a 77-30 victory at Elma High School.
Monte (16-3 overall, 7-0 1A Evergreen) led 30-8 after one quarter and allowed no more than nine points in any period against the Eagles (2-12, 1-5).
The third-ranked Bulldogs led 46-17 at the half and 64-24 entering the third quarter.
Montesano was led by freshman Evanjillie “Jillie” Dalan, who scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a double-double performance.
Reigning league MVP McKynnlie Dalan score 14 points and had seven steals and senior guard and First Team all-league candidate Jaiden King scored 11 points to go along with eight rebounds for Monte.
Senior Maia Young scored 14 points for the Bulldogs.
Senior guard Vanna Prom was cited by head coach Mark Mansfield for an outstanding floor game, scoring five points, dishing out five assists, recording nine steals and eight deflections in the victory.
“We moved the ball really well and got off to a really good start,” Mansfield said of his team’s performance. “Really good team effort tonight.”
Elma was led by Olivia Moore and Emmie Spencer with eight and seven points, respectively.
Montesano hosts 2A Rochester in a non-league game set for 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Elma will look to lock up the final playoff spot in the 1A Evergreen League with a game against Tenino at 7 p.m. Friday at Tenino High School.
Chief Leschi 66, South Bend 44
South Bend struggled to slow down Chief Leschi standout Talia Mitchell in a 66-44 loss on Thursday in South Bend.
South Bend (3-14, 2-8 2B Pacific) trailed 21-8 after one quarter and 38-16 at halftime.
Mitchell led Chief Leschi (10-7, 7-4) with a game high 26 points.
South Bend was led by Avalynn Stigall (15 points, 4 rebounds) and Ava Pine (15 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks).
South Bend went 19 of 48 from the field (40%) and 5 of 19 from the free throw line (26%).
Chief Leschi outrebounded South Bend 39-33 and had 17 steals off 26 South Bend turnovers.
“Chief Leschi came ready to play and got on us early. Mitchell had a very impressive game,” South Bend head coach Jon Schray said. “We had fewer turnovers and scored more than the last time we played against them, so we can see that we are still improving on the season.”
South Bend plays at North Beach at 7 p.m. Monday.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
Ilwaco 67, Ocosta 55
The Ocosta Wildcats might feel like they let one slip away after a 67-55 loss to Ilwaco on Friday in Westport.
The Wildcats (10-9, 6-5 2B Pacific) held the Fishermen (13-5, 9-1) to 22 points in the first half and held a four-point lead at halftime.
Leading 36-28 in the third quarter, Ocosta began to let the game get away from them as Ilwaco took advantage of poor Wildcats possessions.
With the game tied in the third quarter, Ocosta missed an easy, open shot and picked up a technical foul shortly thereafter.
Ilwaco took advantage, scoring four points on the possession to take the lead.
A second Ocosta technical foul later in the half led to Ilwaco extending its advantage.
Despite its struggles, Ocosta was within five points with two minutes to go in the game, but the Wildcats went cold from the floor while Ilwaco hit its free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
“Overall, I was extremely pleased with our effort tonight and execution on both offense and defense for most of the game,” Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby said. “Unfortunately, we lost our composure too many times and it cost us the game.”
Xander Prigmore led Ocosta with 19 points while teammate Kevin Agramon added 15 points and two steals for the Wildcats.
Josh Figueroa led Ocosta with seven assists while Garrison Barnum and Noah Prigmore were commended by Quinby for their “outstanding defense all night long.”
Ocosta sits a half-game ahead of Forks in third place in the 2B Pacific League and will face Forks at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Forks High School.
Raymond 67, North Beach 42
Raymond found a way to win despite being without the services of its leading scorer in a 67-42 victory over North Beach on Friday in Raymond.
The Seagulls (9-10, 5-6 2B Pacific) were without standout senior guard Morgan Anderson due to an ankle injury.
Skyler Hutson stepped up and scored a season-high 30 points to lead Raymond.
The Seagulls and North Beach (4-14, 2-9) were close after one half, with Raymond nursing a 27-23 lead at the break.
But the Seagulls took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Hyaks 23-3 in the frame led by 10 points from Jarrod Gunderson, who scored 15 in the game.
“I was proud of our guys tonight. We had some guys really step up and play well,” Raymond head coach Mike Tully said. “Skyler Hutson came out hot and hit some big buckets for us throughout the game. Jarrod Gunderson gave us some good scoring coming off the bench as well. Iyven Perez came off the bench and gave us a good spark in the third and fourth quarters.”
North Beach was led by Tyrell Curry and Jade Charley with 14 and nine points, respectively.
The Hyaks host Taholah in a non-league game at 3 p.m. on Monday.
Raymond take on South Bend at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Raymond.
Willapa Valley 94, Firm Foundation 57
Willapa Valley nearly broke the century mark in a 94-57 win over Firm Foundation Academy on Friday in Menlo.
The Vikings (14-5, 10-0 1B Columbia Valley) led 28-9 after the first quarter and 45-36 at the half after Firm Foundation (3-9, 3-7) scored 27 points in the second quarter against Willapa Valley’s reserves.
Willapa Valley head coach Jay Pearson put his starters back in lineup in the third quarter and saw his team outscore the Eagles 49-21 over the final 16 minutes of the game.
Derek Fluke led Willapa Valley with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Riley Pearson (17 points, 5 rebounds), Wil Clements (17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), Nathan Fluke (13 points) and Kolten Fluke (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals) also scored in double figures for the Vikings, which shot 53% as a team on 39-of-73 shooting.
Willapa Valley takes on Washington School for the Deaf at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Vancouver.
Boys Prep Basketball
Chief Leschi 70, South Bend 22
Girls Prep Basketball
Ilwaco 66, Ocosta 17 (Thursday)