Prep Basketball Roundup: Raymond beats Ocosta to open Pacific League play

Also: Aberdeen falls to Black Hills; Montesano beaten by Seattle Academy in girls hoops

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article contained incorrect information. The Raymond-Ocosta boys baketball game was played at Raymond High School.

Raymond picked up a key league victory over Ocosta as we review Wednesday’s prep basketball games in the Twin Harbors.


Raymond 52, Ocosta 42

Raymond did just enough to defeat Ocosta 52-42 in a 2B Pacific League game on Wednesday in Raymond.

The Seagulls (1-1 overall, 1-0 2B Pacific) led 11-4 after the first quarter and 21-16 at the half as both teams struggled from the field in the early going.

In the third quarter, Raymond attacked the basket to extend its lead out to as much as 12 points, a point the Seagulls coaching staff stressed to its players ahead of tip-off.

“We talked before the game about getting shots in the paint and we didn’t do that in the first half,” said Raymond head coach Mike Tully, who added the Wildcats always play his team tough. “Our games with Ocosta are always a battle and this one was no different.”

“We had too many turnovers and cost ourselves late in the game with some defensive breakdowns,” said Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby, whose team had 19 turnovers in the game. “For the most part, our defense did a pretty good job of sealing off the paint and forcing Raymond to work for their points, but from the three-minute mark in the third quarter to the end of the game, we got complacent and quit working as hard to keep the ball in front of us.”

Ocosta’s Tarren Lewis returned to the lineup and scored a game-high 23 points to go along with 13 boards for a double-double.

Raymond was led by guard Chris Quintana with 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Austin Snodgrass had seven points and seven rebounds while teammate Dalton Welch had 11 points off the bench for the Seagulls.

Raymond plays at Ilwaco at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Ocosta hosts Willapa Valley at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Raymond 11 10 14 17 – 52

Ocosta 4 12 9 17 – 42

Scoring: Raymond – Quintana 21, Welch 11, Snodgrass 7, Banker 6, Kongbouakhay 5. Ocosta – Lewis 23, Kay. Turner 9, Agramon 5, Priest 3, Ceja 2.

Forks 48, North Beach 41

A furious North Beach comeback fell short as the Hyaks lost to Forks 48-41 on Wednesday at Forks High School.

North Beach (0-2, 0-1 2B Pacific) fell behind by 16 heading into the fourth quarter of what Hyaks head coach Larry Moore dubbed “a great defensive game for both teams.”

North Beach – which hadn’t scored more than eight points in three previous quarters – rallied to score 20 in the fourth to climb back into within striking distance.

But the Spartans (3-1, 1-0) held off the Hyaks to hand North Beach the seven-point loss.

“Our kids played hard,” Moore said of his team, which was led by Jade Charley with 16 points.

Kobe Charley had 14 points while Tyrell Hovland grabbed 10 rebounds and six blocks for the Hyaks.

North Beach plays at Ocosta at 7 p.m. on Friday.

North Beach 7 6 8 20 – 41

Forks 13 12 12 11 – 48

Scoring: NB – J. Charley 16, K. Charley 14, Eastman 4, Curry 2, Hovland 2, Williams 2, Lauderdale 1.


Black Hills 59, Aberdeen 35

Aberdeen’s league season got off on the wrong foot with a 59-35 loss to Black Hills on Wednesday in Tumwater.

The Bobcats (3-1, 0-1 2A Evergreen) struggled early, missing multiple open looks in a first quarter that saw the Wolves (4-0, 1-0) open up a 21-2 lead.

“The start didn’t go our way at all,” Aberdeen head coach Curtis Eccles said. “We were clawing our way back from that 20-point deficit the whole game.”

Further complicating matters for Aberdeen was the Wolves’ size, which led to a large rebounding disadvantage for the Bobcats.

“We need to do a little better job of blocking out,” Eccles said. “They had some size on us and were able to get some second and third opportunities.”

Aberdeen outscored Black Hills 11-5 in the fourth quarter as the Wolves subbed in several of their reserves.

“Our intensity picked up a little bit at the beginning of the fourth quarter,” Eccles said. “We did a better job defensively and got some steals and buckets.”

Aberdeen went 6-of-18 from the free-throw line in the game (33%).

The Bobcats were led by Sophie Knutson and Annie Troeh with nine points apiece.

Aberdeen plays at Centralia at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Aberdeen 2 15 7 11 — 35

Black Hills 21 17 16 5 — 59


Aberdeen – Knutson 9, A. Troeh 9, Brown 7, Z. Troeh 6, Lopez 2, Phimmasone 2. Black Hills — Klovas 14, McMahon 13, Venable 11, Harris 10, Reichart 4, Buchanan 2, C. Johnson 2, Williams 2, Patti 1.

Seattle Academy 60, Montesano 34

Playing a tough team in the second game of a back-to-back, Montesano fell to Seattle Academy 60-34 on Wednesday in Seattle.

The Bulldogs (1-3) trailed by 12 at the end of the first quarter and saw Seattle Academy hit nine 3-pointers in the game.

Jillie Dalan led Monte with 11 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Lex Stanfield had 10 points for a Bulldogs team that shot 14-of-43 from the field (33%).

Despite the loss, Bulldogs head coach Mark Mansfield saw improvement in his young team’s play after suffering a blowout loss to Napavine one day earlier.

“We played much better tonight. We battled very well,” Mansfield said. “Our girls played hard and we took a step forward from last night to tonight. I was really proud of the effort tonight.”

Montesano’s rugged non-league schedule continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with a game against W.F. West in Chehalis.

Montesano 8 13 7 6

Seattle Academy 20 12 16 12

Scoring: Montesano – Dalan 11, Stanfield 10, Schrader 9, Olson 4. Seattle Academy – Johnson 20.