Multiple Twin Harbors-area teams faced win-or-go-home elimination games as a full slate of district-playoff basketball games took place across three classifications on Monday.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL
Raymond 48, Toutle Lake 27
Playing a strategic game, Raymond took care of business en route to a 48-27 victory over Toutle Lake in a 2B District 4 playoff game on Monday in Raymond.
The Seagulls (10-1 overall) showed off their depth as head coach Jason Koski used multiple players and lineups in the game.
Led by three players scoring in double digits, Raymond took a 17-4 lead after the first quarter, allowing Koski to save his starters as much as possible.
“Knowing we may have to possibly play back-to-back before our game tonight I wanted to save some of our kids’ legs as much as possible,” he said. “So we ended up in some not-so-familiar playing rotations, which didn’t let us get into our normal rhythm and flow. Very happy to see our depth come through in a loser-out game.”
Karsyn Freeman and Grace Busenius led the Seagulls with 11 point each.
Kyra Gardner added 10 points for the Seagulls.
Raymond’s defense grabbed 17 steals while the Seagulls protected the ball on offense with just five turnovers.
Mossyrock 50, Willapa Valley 15
Willapa Valley’s season came to an end with a 50-15 loss to Mossyrock on Monday in Oakville.
The Vikings’ offense — which has been Willapa Valley’s Achilles heel this season — struggled again in Monday’s 1B District 4 elimination game.
Willapa Valley (9-6 overall) scored three points in the first quarter and went scoreless in the third period.
“We just shoot miserably,” Vikings head coach John Peterson said. “And unless you can score, you are going to lose. (Mossyrock) is a fine team and I was really proud of the defense that we played. … We went man-to-man and I thought we did a good job in the third, but then we don’t score.”
Trailing 32-9 at halftime, the Vikings held Mossyrock (3-2) to eight points in the third quarter, but shot a woeful 0-for-13 from the field in the period, seven of those shots in the painted area.
Willapa Valley went 5-for-42 (12%) on the evening with 14 turnovers while Mossyrock shot 22-for-67 (33%) from the field.
Cami Swartz — a three-year starter and four-year varsity player — finished with five points and four blocks to lead Willapa Valley in her final game as a Viking.
Hannah Hamilton had a team-high six rebounds for Willapa Valley.
2B District 4 Tournament
Rainier 75, North Beach 13
1B District 4 Tournament
Neah Bay 71, Taholah 19 (Friday)
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
Black Hills 56, Aberdeen 39
Aberdeen’s season came to an end with a 55-40 loss to Black Hills in a 2A District 4 playoff game on Monday in Tumwater.
Kayden Seibert (14 points, 8 reb.), Angel Baltazar (12 pts., 5 reb.), Jayden Watson (9 pts., 10 reb.) and Jeremy Sawyer (4 pts.) were the only players to score for Aberdeen (4-9 overall) as the Bobcats shot 14-for-59 (28%) as a team.
With the season coming to an end, Aberdeen head coach Mark Buckman reflected on the challenges his seniors faced this year and how they battled throughout the season.
“Overall, I’m proud of what this team accomplished during the season,” he said. “Despite all the challenges with the pandemic, our team improved from beginning to end.”
The game was the final time in an Aberdeen uniform for seniors Baltazar, Seibert, Watson, Griffin Kinkade and Robert Salomon, of whom Buckman thanked for “their four years of dedication to the game,” and to his coaching staff for “their continued commitment to improving Aberdeen basketball.”
Adna 70, Raymond 50
Raymond ran out of steam in the fourth quarter as the Seagulls’ season ended with a 70-50 loss to Adna in the 2B District 4 playoffs on Monday in Raymond.
Raymond (3-9 overall) trailed 31-27 at the half, but were outscored 18-4 in the fourth quarter as Adna’s hot-shooting allowed the Pirates (7-0) to pull away midway through the period.
“We knew they were good shooters from the perimeter — particularly from the 3-point line — and they proved it in the fourth,” Raymond head coach Derek Rask said. “We did a nice job contesting shots up to that point.”
Morgan Anderson lead Raymond with 14 points with Adrian Quintana and Deleak Hubbard scored 12 points each for Raymond.
Raymond’s Jaxon Freeman was cited by Rask for his “hustle and effort.”
Rask also acknowledged his lone senior, Joseph Villalpando, “on a great season.”
“Joseph is a great kid and it has been an honor to be his coach,” Rask said.
Willapa Valley 71, Mossyrock 43
Willapa Valley advanced to the 2B District 4 final with a 71-43 victory over Mossyrock on Monday in Oakville.
Willapa Valley (11-4 overall) started off a bit frantic before settling down and attacking the basket, according to Vikings head coach Jay Pearson.
Pearson added his team’s defense, which held Mossyrock to 12 first-half points, was the key to the victory.
“We played solid defense throughout the game,” he said. “We made them earn every point.”
Beau Buchanan had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Willapa Valley.
Derek Fluke scored 15 points and starting guard Tyler Adkins added 12 points for Willapa Valley, but Adkins went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter and did not return.
1B District 4 Semifinal
Naselle 63, Taholah 53
2B District 4 Tournament
Napavine 82, North Beach 46