Prep Basketball Roundup: Hoquiam finds shooting touch in rout of Onalsaka

Also: Aberdeen, Raymond-South Bend suffer tough league losses in girls hoops

Hoquiam’s boys hoops team earned a non-league victory while Aberdeen’s girls lost a heartbreaker as we review Thursday’s prep basketball games for Twin Harbors teams.

Hoquiam's Zander Jump, right, puts up a shot against Onalaska's Enrique Sanchez during an 86-44 win on Thursday at Hoquiam Square Garden.


Hoquiam 86, Onalaska 44

Hoquiam got off to a hot start and never let up in an 86-44 non-league victory over Onalaska on Thursday at Hoquiam Square Garden.

The Grizzlies (3-3 overall) got 35 points from freshman guard Lincoln Niemi, who was on fire from the opening whistle. Niemi hit 10 3-pointers in the game – eight in the first quarter and three in the second – to score 26 points by halftime.

Niemi had plenty of help on offense with teammates Zander Jump (15 points) and Aiden Butcher (11) also scoring in double digits as nine different players scored for Hoquiam in the rout.

”We kind of finally got back to shooting the ball pretty well,” said Hoquiam head coach Jeff Niemi, who rested his starters the entire fourth quarter up by 42. “It was good to put three good consecutive quarters together.”

The Grizzlies hit 33-of-62 shots in the game (55%) and shot slightly better from 3-point range (15-27, 55%) than from inside the arc (18-35, 51%).

PHOTO BY FOREST WORGUM Hoquiam’s Aiden Butcher (33) glides to the hoop during an 86-44 victory over Onalaska on Thursday at Hoquiam Square Garden.

PHOTO BY FOREST WORGUM Hoquiam’s Aiden Butcher (33) glides to the hoop during an 86-44 victory over Onalaska on Thursday at Hoquiam Square Garden.

“One of the things we talked about in the locker was attacking early. We actually did a good job of attacking and kicking for good shots,” Coach Niemi said. “We thought we forced some shots versus Aberdeen. We don’t mind threes, but we want clean threes. I thought the kids did an excellent job of that tonight.”

Hoquiam outrebounded Onalaska 32-23 and shared the ball well with 22 assists as a team led by Jump and guard Joey Bozich with seven and five, respectively.

Hoquiam will face Kalama at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 at the Raymond Classic in Raymond.

Onalaska 19 9 6 10 – 44

Hoquiam 21 29 26 10 – 86

Onalaska – McKinley 10, Underhill 7, Sturza 7, Jacoby 7, Rushton 5, Stoner 2. Hoquiam – Niemi 35, Jump 15, Butcher 11, Bozich 8, LaBounty 5, Fabian 4, Maxfield 3, Tobar 3, Bryson 2.

Willapa Valley 63, Three Rivers Christian 8

Willapa Valley dominated from start to finish in a 63-8 blowout over Three Rivers Christian on Thursday at Willapa Valley High School.

The Vikings (4-2, 3-0 1B Columbia Valley) hit 26-of-59 shots on the evening (44%) and had nine different players score against the Eagles (1-5, 0-5).

“We were able to get everyone significant playing time,” Willapa Valley head coach Derek Rask said. “I thought we were pretty balanced and executed our systems the way we needed to tonight.”

Willapa Valley was led by sophomore Hank Swartz with 12 points followed by junior guard Aiden Sliva with 10.

Junior Nathan Fluke had nine points and six rebounds while sophomore JB Russell had five points and a team-high 12 rebounds for Willapa Valley.

The Vikings host Firm Foundation at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Three Rivers Chr. 1 4 3 0 – 8

Willapa Valley 19 22 12 10 – 63

Scoring: WV – Swartz 12, Sliva 10, Fluke 9, Lusk 9, Ritzman 8, Blankenship 6, Russell 5, Keeton 2, Metcalf 2.

Other scores

Crescent 76, Wishkah Valley 14


Rochester 45, Aberdeen 43

Aberdeen let a late lead slip away in a 45-43 loss to Rochester on Thursday at Aberdeen High School.

The Bobcats (4-3, 1-3 2A Evergreen) led by five with less than a minute to go, but a rushed shot followed by two straight turnovers led to Aberdeen’s third league loss of the season.

Up 43-38 with possession late in the game, Aberdeen failed to wind time off the shot clock and a hurried drive to the basket and subsequent missed shot led to a coast-to-coast bucket-and-1 for the Warriors (5-2, 2-2).

With under 20 seconds left, an Aberdeen turnover led to another Rochester score to tie the game at 43-all.

A second consecutive Aberdeen turnover led to a foul in the paint and two made Rochester free throws with 1.4 seconds left on the clock, putting the Warriors up 45-43.

Aberdeen got off a shot at the buzzer, bit it was off the mark, to close out the game.

The Bobcats were led by senior Annie Troeh with 16 points and five steals, but was shutout in the fourth quarter after fouling out midway through the frame.

Troeh was one of three Aberdeen players to foul out, joining teammates Jaylynn Phimmasone and Alyvia Lamont on the bench in the fourth quarter.

Aberdeen head coach Curtis Eccles had much shuffling to do with the lineup throughout the game as starting guard Sophia Knutson came off the bench after recently recovering from an illness.

“This is definitely a teaching lesson,” Eccles said. “It’s definitely a learning experience and we need to do a better job of understanding and being a student of the game. There’s a lot of season left and it’s all about improving.”

Aberdeen hosts Montesano at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Rochester 10 3 16 16 – 45

Aberdeen 16 4 10 13 – 43

Scoring: Rochester – Andree Cordell 15, Winter 14, Hoover 13. Aberdeen – A. Troeh 16, Knutson 7, Brown 7, Lamont 6, Lopez 3, Z. Troeh 2, Mainio 2.

Forks 56, Raymond-South Bend 51

Raymond-South Bend rallied from a first-half deficit to lead entering the final quarter, but it was all for not in a 56-51 loss to Forks on Thursday at South Bend High School.

The Ravens (4-2, 2-2 2B Pacific) were down 13-3 in the first quarter but rallied to tie the game at 26 at the half.

RSB led by five entering the fourth quarter, but a big game by Forks’ Kierra Johnson (27 points) and a 17-7 fourth quarter for the Spartans led to the Ravens’ demise.

“We allowed Kierra Johnson to have her way in the second half and didn’t help ourselves by abysmal free-throw shooting and missing numerous layins,” Ravens head coach Jason Koski said. “We have no one to blame but ourselves for giving this game to them.”

RSB went 11-for-30 from the free-throw line (36%) and had 12 assists on 17 field goals.

The Ravens were led by Megan Kongbouakhay (12 points), Kassie Koski (11 points), Emma Glazier (7 points, 5 steals, 4 assists) and Ava Pine (5 points, 12 rebounds).

RSB takes on Willapa Valley at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22 in Raymond.

Forks 15 11 13 17 – 56

RSB 7 19 18 7 – 51

Scoring: Forks – K. Johnson 27, Dilley 11, Ramos 5, Peters 5, B. Johnson 4, Gaydeski 4. RSB – Kongbouakhay 12, Kas. Koski 11, Kyn. Koski 8, Glazier 7, Morley 6, Pine 5, Baugher 2.

Willapa Valley 53, Three Rivers Christian 8

Willapa Valley dispatched a depleted Three Rivers Christian squad 53-8 on Thursday in Menlo.

The Vikings (6-1, 5-0 1B Columbia Valley) shot 39% from the field on 24-of-62 shooting and led 37-3 by halftime against an Eagles (0-6, 0-4) team playing with just five players.

“We were able to get our non-starters a lot of court time today which is going to be helpful for us now that we’re going to have a two-quarter junior varsity season going forward,” Vikings head coach Dawn Keeton said. “We tried different people at different positions and that is going to give us some valuable experience later in the season and allow us to change up the look of our offense as we move forward.”

Willapa Valley held the Eagles scoreless in both the second and fourth quarters, leading Coach Keeton to praise her team’s defensive effort.

“Our defense played well, holding the Eagles to eight points,” she said. “(Three Rivers) is a young squad that will work toward being competitive in the coming years.”

Willapa Valley takes on Mary M. Knight at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Mary M. Knight High School.

Three Rivers Chr. 3 0 3 0 – 8

Willapa Valley 21 16 14 2 – 53

Scoring: WV – Merkel 12, Matlock 9, Fluke 8, Channell 6, Russell 6, Keeton 6, Wilson 4, Hurley 2.

Other scores

Crescent 69, Wishkah Valley 12