Girls Prep Basketball Roundup: Elma shows no signs of fatigue in rout of Tenino

Also: Aberdeen falls to Black Hills; Willapa Valley shakes off rust in win over Columbia Adventist

Elma’s quick turnaround didn’t seem to bother the Eagles much as we review Thursday’s girls prep hoops action on the Twin Harbors.


Elma 49, Tenino 21

Less than 24 hours after playing a tough league game against rival Montesano, the Elma Eagles took care of business with a 49-21 win over Tenino on Thursday at Elma High School.

The Eagles (5-6 overall, 2-1 1A Evergreen) took sole possession of second place in the 1A Evergreen League by jumping out to a 10-2 lead after the first quarter and led by 14 points at the half against a young Beavers squad.

Showing no real signs of tired legs, Elma improved its output in the second half, scoring 28 points over the final 16 minutes of the game en route to the 49-21 league victory.

“We really felt like there was a sense of calm over the girls and that’s definitely something we’ve been talking about,” Elma head coach Brandi Henry said “Having patience with the basketball in your hands, using your five seconds and not playing frantic.”

The results showed mostly in the Eagles’ free-throw shooting. Elma went 11 for 16 (69%) against the Beavers (2-14, 0-4) after going 4 of 14 (29%) against Montesano on Wednesday.

RYAN SPARKS | THE DAILY WORLD Elma senior point guard Emmie Spencer, middle, scores on a layup against Tenino’s Brianna Asay during the Eagles’ 49-21 win on Thursday in Elma.

RYAN SPARKS | THE DAILY WORLD Elma senior point guard Emmie Spencer, middle, scores on a layup against Tenino’s Brianna Asay during the Eagles’ 49-21 win on Thursday in Elma.

“It was a huge improvement,” Henry said. “I felt like there was just an overall calmness and that automatically brings their nerves down.”

The Eagles shot 37.5% from the field on 18-of-48 shooting.

Seven different players scored for Elma in the game, led by senior Malia Sibbett with 12 points.

Olivia Moore and Keke Bol scored nine apiece for the Eagles, which sit a half-game ahead of Hoquiam and Eatonville for second place in the 1A Evergreen League.

Elma takes on Black Hills in a non-league contest scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in Tumwater.

Tenino 2 5 7 7 – 21

Elma 10 11 15 13 – 49

Scoring: Tenino – Thoren 8, Asay 6, Grayless 2, Woodward 2, Goodwin 2, Williams 1. Elma – M. Sibbett 12, Moore 9, Bol 9, E. Sibbett 7, Aal. Weld 5, Spencer 4, Lewis 1.

Black Hills 64, Aberdeen 43

Black Hills had too much offensive firepower for Aberdeen to handle in the Bobcats’ 64-43 loss on Thursday at Aberdeen High School.

The Bobcats (8-6, 2-5 2A Evergreen) played even with the No. 7 Wolves (12-2, 6-1) through the first quarter, but Black Hills began to assert its will in the second frame, outscoring the Cats 20-5 in the period.

Aberdeen got no closer than 12 points in the fourth quarter to suffer its fifth league loss of the season.

“We started out really well. (Black Hills) did a good job in the second quarter of getting it inside,” Aberdeen head coach Curtis Eccles said. “We were allowing them too many easy shots inside and they made a lot of their free-throws throughout the game.”

The teams combined to take over 50 free throws in the contest, with Aberdeen hitting 12 of 29 from the line (41%) while the Wolves converted 15-of-24 foul shots (62.5%).

Aberdeen was led by senior guard Annie Troeh (14 points) and freshman guard Sophia Knutson 11 pts.).

Freshman guard Bentley Brown had nine points while senior Zoe Troeh had five points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats, which had a season-low nine turnovers as a team.

The Bobcats sit in fifth place in the league standings, a game behind Rochester, and will host Centralia at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Black Hills 12 20 16 16 – 64

Aberdeen 12 5 17 9 – 43

Scoring: Black Hills – Venable 19, Buchanan 12, McMahon 11, Harris 10. Aberdeen – A. Troeh 14, Knutson 11, Brown 9, Z. Troeh 5, Phimmasone 4.

Willapa Valley 48, Columbia Adventist 14

Willapa Valley shook off some rust in defeating Columbia Adventist Academy 48-14 on Thursday at Willapa Valley High School.

The Vikings (9-6, 5-1 Columbia Valley) hit the court for the first time since Jan. 4 and wasted little time jumping out to a 13-0 lead at the end of one period of play.

Leading 19-4 at the half, Valley dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Kodiaks (4-8, 3-5) 23-4 in the frame.

“I was really impressed that all of our starters came out and were productive on offense,” Valley head coach Dawn Keeton said. “Our defense held strong and we pressured the ball really well and kept them out on the perimeter. … I was really impressed with the overall play of the starting five. They just came out and played really well and played together.”

Sophomore guard Lauren Matlock led Valley with 16 points and four steals.

Freshman guard Tylar Keeton also scored in double figures for the Vikings with 10 points to go along with six rebounds.

Sophomore guard Rilyn Channell had two points, six rebounds and five steals for a Vikings team that had 34 rebounds, 10 assists and 13 steals as a team.

Willapa Valley shot 19 of 54 from the floor (35%) and hit 8-of-11 free throws (73%).

Valley hosts Mossyrock in a re-scheduled game at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, weather pending.

CAA 0 4 4 6 – 14

Willapa Valley 13 6 23 6 – 48

Scoring: CAA – Beem 8. Willapa Valley – Matlock 16, Keeton 10, Merkel 7, Russell 7, Fluke 4, Hurley 2.

Other games

North Beach 63, Lake Quinault 7