Hoquiam had its way with a rebuilding North Beach team in a 48-6 victory on Friday at Hoquiam Square Garden in Hoquiam, picking up its first win of the season in the process.
Hoquiam (1-1 overall) held a 15-point lead at the end of the first quarter sparked by senior post Chloe Kennedy’s nine points in the frame.
The Grizzlies outscored the Hyaks (1-1) 16-2 in the second quarter to take a 32-3 lead at the half.
Senior guard Ella Folkers led the Grizzlies with 15 points and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line as the Grizzlies shot 13-for-20 (65%) from the charity stripe.
Kennedy finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points to go along with a game high 13 rebounds.
Grizzlies sophomore guard Katlyn Brodhead scored nine points and senior point guard Graci Bonney-Spradlin added 10 steals to lead a defense that recorded 36 steals off 46 North Beach turnovers.
“We had a good effort tonight on defense and were able to work on some things we needed to improve. It was a good chance to get a lot of bench players time,” Hoquiam head coach Chad Allan said. “I give North Beach all the credit and respect in the world to come in and battle and never back down. We as a program have been where they are in the rebuilding process. They caused us some problems with their defense.”
Hoquiam had 27 turnovers as a team one day after turning the ball over 32 times in a loss to Aberdeen.
“We still have a lot of work to do on our way to playing better basketball, but it’s a great bounce back after a loss,” Allan said.
North Beach was led by Amara McCrory with three points.
The Hyaks host Aberdeen at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Hoquiam will play at Rochester High School at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Adna 76, Elma 24
Adna proved too much for Elma to handle as the Eagles suffered a 76-24 loss on Friday in Adna.
Elma (1-2) trailed 32-7 after the first quarter and 57-8 at the half as the Eagles struggled against the Pirates’ pressure defense, committing multiple turnovers that were converted into points.
Adna’s Karlee VonMoos and Gaby Guard scored 18 points apiece to lead all scorers.
Elma was led by junior Eliza Sibbett and Aaleigha Weld with seven points apiece.
Elma will look to get back into the win column when it hosts Toutle Lake at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Napavine 56, Raymond 39
In a tale of two halves, Raymond ended up on the short end of a 56-39 loss to Napavine on Friday in Raymond.
Raymond (1-1) took a 23-14 lead into halftime by winning 50/50 balls and getting easy buckets in transition.
But the second half was a different story as the Tigers roared back with a 20-7 third quarter and put the game away by outscoring Raymond by 13 in the fourth.
“Great effort by our team tonight real proud of how hard we competed against a veteran, skilled and well-coached team,” Raymond head coach Jason Koski said. “In the second half, we couldn’t quite match the consistency needed in the full court, which led to some turnovers and large runs by Napavine.”
Raymond was led by sophomore Karsyn Freeman and junior Kyndal Koski, scoring 19 and 12 points, respectively.
Coach Koski said his young team learned some lessons from Friday’s loss.
“Our young kids gained a great deal of experience about what it takes to play at a high level versus high-level competition,” he said of his four freshman and one sophomore on the roster.
Raymond will play at Naselle at 6 p.m. on Monday.