Girls Prep Basketball Roundup: Depleted Ocosta beats Chief Leschi for Pac League win

Also: Hoquiam, Willapa Valley pick up victories; Raymond-South Bend drops nail-biter to Ilwaco

Ocosta, Hoquiam and Willapa Valley picked up victories as we review recent Twin Harbors girls prep basketball games.


PHOTO BY VAN ADAM DAVIS Ocosta guard Bristol Towle, right, puts up a shot during a 53-47 win over Chief Lecshi on Thursday in Westport.

PHOTO BY VAN ADAM DAVIS Ocosta guard Bristol Towle, right, puts up a shot during a 53-47 win over Chief Lecshi on Thursday in Westport.

Ocosta 53, Chief Leschi 47

Though they had just six players available, Ocosta earned an important league victory 53-47 over Chief Leschi on Thursday at Ocosta High School in Westport.

Sophomore post Anna Davis led the Wildcats (2-3 overall, 1-1 2B Pacific) with 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting (47%) to go along with 16 rebounds and four steals in just her second game back from an illness.

Ocosta and Chief Leschi (2-1) were tied 24-24 at halftime but took control of the game with an 18-12 third quarter.

In addition to Davis, eighth-grade phenom Bristol Towle (15 points, 4 assists, 3 steals) and senior center Alexia Bradley (13 points, 10 rebounds) scored in double figures for the Wildcats.

“I was super proud of our girls,” Ocosta head coach Rissy Ness said. “We have only one sub due to injuries and eligibility. So our team is playing this season with grit and determination and they were able to do just that and pull out this win. That was huge for us.”

PHOTO BY VAN ADAM DAVIS Ocosta’s Alexia Bradley (30) scores from the low post during a 53-47 win over Chief Lecshi on Thursday in Westport.

PHOTO BY VAN ADAM DAVIS Ocosta’s Alexia Bradley (30) scores from the low post during a 53-47 win over Chief Lecshi on Thursday in Westport.

Ocosta shot 56% from the field on 22-of-39 shooting, had 38 rebounds, 13 assists and 16 steals as a team.

“They played all four quarters tough and were able to play through the physicalness of Chief Leschi’s players,” Coach Ness said. “They’re a good strong, physical team and our girls were able to outscore them.”

Ocosta plays at Willapa Valley at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Chief Leschi 6 18 12 11 – 47

Ocosta 10 14 18 11 – 53

Scoring: Ocosta – Davis 18, Towle 15, Bradley 13, Mirante 5, Rasmus 2.

Hoquiam 50, North Beach 23

Hoquiam took another step forward with a 50-23 win over North Beach on Thursday at Hoquiam High School.

The Grizzlies (2-2) got a big game from sophomore forward Sydney Gordon, who had a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Hoquiam junior guard Katlyn Brodhead had 10 points, six assists and five steals for a Grizzlies team that shot 23-0f-76 from the floor (30%).

North Beach (1-2) shot 8-for-40 from the field (20%) and were led by sophomore guard Jazmine Goldman with nine points.

Hoquiam held a 48-31 rebounding advantage – including 29 on the offensive glass – had 17 assists and 21 steals to just 15 turnovers.

They Hyaks committed 22 turnovers as a team.

“This was another great game that exposed many of our weaknesses we need to work on before league,” said Hoquiam head coach Chad Allan, who had much praise for North Beach. “They worked their tails off and were a classy group that kept the game closer than the score shows. They kept us on our heals all night long. We did not seem to have an answer for their effort.”

Hoquiam takes on Taholah at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Taholah High School.

North Beach 7 2 8 5 – 23

Hoquiam 15 15 6 14 – 50

Scoring: North Beach – Goldman 9, Eastman 6, Dodson 3, Capoeman 2. Hoquiam – Gordon 16, Brodhead 10, Little 6, Stewart 5, Graham 4, LaBounty 3, Brook-Andrew 2, Howard 2, Jahner 2.

Ilwaco 53, Raymond-South Bend 51

Raymond-South Bend and Ilwaco went down to the wire with the Ravens falling just short 53-51 on Thursday in Raymond.

Raymond-South Bend (4-1, 1-1 2B Pacific) suffered its first loss of the season in a game that was tied in the final minute.

With 1:15 to go and trailing 51-48, Ravens sophomore Kassie Koski buried a three to tie the game at 51-all with 45 seconds to go.

The Fishermen (1-1, 1-0) regained the lead 53-51 with a basket in the paint by Mikaila Warfield with the shot clock running low.

With 20 seconds left, RSB ran a play into the post but missed a short shot as time ran out to suffer the loss.

“Playing Ilwaco has turned into a very competitive rivalry in the Pacific League. This game was the epitome of that,” RSB head coach Jason Koski said. “Each team had leads of no more than five with numerous lead changes through the 32 minutes. Just a classic see-saw battle of league favorites.”

RSB’s Kassie Koski scored 21 points while Ava Baugher recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Senior guard Kyndal Koski had eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks for the Ravens.

“Real happy with our competitive spirit throughout the game and the way the kids responded with the highs and lows of the back-and-forth nature of the contest,” Coach Koski said. “We will be better for having played a game like this.”

The Ravens play at Chief Leschi High School at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Ilwaco 11 10 14 18 – 53

Raymond-South Bend 11 9 16 15 – 51

Scoring: Ilwaco – Warfield 25, Avalon 21, Petry 4. RSB – Kas. Koski 21, Baugher 12, Kongbouakhay 10, Morley 3, Pine 3, Glazier 1.

Willapa Valley 37, Pe Ell 25

Willapa Valley defeated Pe Ell for a key 1B Columbia Valley League win on Thursday at Willapa Valley High School.

The Vikings (3-1, 2-0 1B Columbia Valley) held Pe Ell to 4-of-24 shooting in the game (17%) 10 points in the first half to lead 17-10 at the break.

Willapa Valley didn’t score until halfway through the first quarter when sophomore guard Rilyn Channell hit a free throw.

“It took us over four minutes to get a score on the board,” Willapa Valley head coach Dawn Keeton said. “We struggled to get our shots to fall, but we had several players get multiple offensive rebounds and put the ball back in the basket.”

Valley went 15-of-47 from the floor (32%) and 5-of-9 from the free-throw line (56%) in the game.

Eighth-grade guard Tylar Keeton led the Vikings with nine points for a Willapa Valley team that had eight players score in the game, the highlight being Swiss foreign-exchange student Lina Clerc scoring her first varsity basket.

Coach Keeton added that despite playing physical down low and hampering Trojans shots on the perimeter, her team still has much to work on.

“We aren’t quite where we need to be, but we’re getting better every game,” she said.

Valley play at Ocosta High School as 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Pe Ell 6 4 11 4 – 25

Willapa Valley 5 12 8 12 – 37

Scoring: Pe Ell – Zock 10. Willapa Valley – Keeton 9, Merkel 8, Russell 6, Channell 4, Hurley 3, Matlock 3, Wilson 2, Clerc 2.

King’s Way Christian 30, Elma 20

Elma struggled to find much offense in a 30-20 loss to King’s Way Christian on Wednesday in Vancouver.

The Eagles (1-3) managed just two points in both the first and fourth quarters and saw the Knights pull away with a 26-14 third quarter.

Elma was led by senior forward Eliza Sibbett with six points, all in the second quarter.

Elma hosts Black Hills at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Elma 2 10 14 4 – 20

KWC 8 15 26 4 – 30

Scoring: Elma – E. Sibbett 6, M. Sibbett 4, Spencer 4, Moore 2, Rambo 2. KWC – Quinn 11, Erwin 8, Tindol 6, Fusco 5.