After jumping out to a first-half lead, turnovers, fouls and cold shooting lead to Montesano’s 42-39 loss at the hands of Castle Rock on Saturday in Montesano.
Monte (1-1 overall) lead 11-3 after the first quarter after Castle Rock (2-0) went just 1-for-10 shooting in the frame.
But the Rockets chipped away at Monte’s lead, cutting the deficit to four points by halftime.
Castle Rock then took advantage of a lackluster third-quarter performance by Montesano, which scored just four points after hitting on just 2-of-9 shots.
“We kind of came out flat after halftime and stood around a little too much offensively,” Bulldogs head coach Doug Galloway said. “I’ve got to hand it to (Castle Rock),. They played better defensively and rebounded well.”
Down by as much as seven points in the fourth quarter, Monte used its full-court press to cut into the lead and mount a comeback.
“I think the kids kind of started putting on a little more pressure and found a way to get themselves back in it,” Galloway said. “We put our press on them and and our kids started to make some things happen.”
Braden Dohrmann tied the game at 39-39 with a clutch corner three with approximately 20 seconds left in the contest.
But a Monte foul coming back down the court put Castle Rock’s Jonny Boissonault to the line for a one-and-one with 15 second left to go. Boissonault hit the front end of his free throws to give Castle Rock the 40-39 lead.
With the game on the line, Montesano drove down court and got the ball in the hands of senior guard Carter Olsen, who drove to the elbow and attempted a long turn-around jump shot. But the attempt fell short and was corralled by Castle Rock’s Landon Gardner, who was immediately fouled for another Castle Rock 1-and-1 opportunity.
Gardner missed the first free throw, but Boissonault leaped to snatch the rebound away from Monte’s Trace Ridgway and was fouled . Boissonault made both free throws to give the Rockets a three-point lead with just 3 second left to go.
Dohrmann heaved a shot from half-court after a quick inbound pass, but the attempt fell short as the buzzer sounded, giving Monte its first loss of the young season.
Ridgway led Monte with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
Wesley Bjornsgard and Cole Daniels added seven points apiece for the Bulldogs.
Boissonault led Castle Rock with 13 points followed by Gardner, who scored 12 points — all in the second half — for the Rockets.
Adna 56, Taholah 28
The Taholah Chitwhins faced a 12-point deficit after one quarter and never recovered in a 56-28 loss to the Adna Pirates on Saturday in Adna.
No further information was available for this game at the time of this writing.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Grays Harbor 86, Edmonds 84
Michael Sampson and Genuine Powell combined to score 49 points as Grays Harbor earned an 86-84 victory over Edmonds on Saturday at Grays Harbor College.
Coming off a 107-87 victory at Multnomah three days earlier, Grays Harbor (7-3) rallied to overcome a six-point first-half deficit behind Sampson and Powell, who scored 26 and 23 points, respectively.
The Chokers were down 71-61 with four minutes remaining in the game but went on a 12-2 run, tying the game at 73-all on a Zyare Ruffin jump shot with 48 seconds left, forcing the game into overtime.
Grays Harbor scored the first four points of overtime but saw Edmonds rally to take an 82-81 lead on a Curtis Walker jumper with 2:27 left in the extra period.
Ruffin buried a three to tie the game at 84-84 with 44 seconds left to go.
A Powell steal with 13 second left led to a Sampson jumper in the final seconds to give Grays Harbor an 86-84 lead.
Edmonds missed a desparation buzzer-beater, giving Grays Harbor the dramatic victory.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL
Raymond 67, Ocosta 19
Over the first two games of the season, Raymond sophomore Kyra Gardner has been dominant offensively. On Saturday against the Ocosta Wildcats, her teammates decided to get into the act.
With four scorers in double figures, led by Izzy Silvernail’s 15 points, the Seagulls (3-0, 2-0 Pacific 2B) earned a resounding 67-19 victory over the Wildcats at Raymond High School.
In addition to Silvernail, Raymond was paced by Gardner (13 points), Ana Silva (12 pts.) and Hannah Miller (11 pts.).
“Great balanced scoring for us tonight,” said Raymond head coach Jason Koski, whose team lead 12-2 at the end of the first quarter and held the Wildcats to just seven points in the second half. “The kids really stepped up their defensive concentration and effort level in the second half after an uncharacteristic lack of focus in the first half.”
Ocosta was led by Erin Snider, who scored six points in the contest.
Devyn Martin added five points for Ocosta (0-3, 0-2).
Adna 66, Taholah 18
The Adna Pirates had three players score in double figures in defeating the Taholah Chitwhins 66-18 on Saturday in Adna.
Taholah (0-1) fell behind 22-6 at the end of the first quarter as Adna’s balanced scoring and team defense impressed Chitwhins head coach Fred Pope.
“Adna displayed tough defense and unselfishness on offense, hitting the open player for uncontested shots,” said Pope, adding the loss was a good barometer for his team. “This was our first game and this gives us a great spot to look at things that we need to improve on.”
Faith Wellander (16 pts.), Payton Aselton (13 pts.) and Kaylin Todd (12 pts.) scored in double figures for Adna.
Nakeah McCrory led the Chitwhins with seven points and “played a great all-around game,” according to Pope.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Olympic 67, Grays Harbor 30
Grays Harbor remained winless on the season after suffering a 67-30 loss to Olympic on Saturday at Olympic College.
Grays Harbor (0-4) fell behind 19-9 after the first quarter and scored a paltry 12 points in the first half en route to the loss.
Kamimi Papp led Grays Harbor with 14 points and Armonnie Byrd scored 10 points for the Chokers, which scored no more than 13 points in any quarter of the game.