Led by a big night from sophomore guard Kyra Gardner, the Raymond Seagulls remain undefeated on the season, routing Life Christian Academy 63-26 on Thursday at Raymond High School.
Gardner scored 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had 10 steals for her first triple-double of the season. Gardner also had five blocks to lead Raymond (7-0 overall, 6-0 Pacific 2B).
“Once again, Kyra was huge for us,” Raymond head coach Jason Koski said after his team had a lackluster shooting night. “Good thing we had a great offensive rebounding game tonight because it allowed us to get double the shot attempts than LCA, which we needed as we shot 30% from the floor and not much better from free-throw line (5-15).”
As a team, Raymond outrebound LCA (1-5 overall, Pacific 2B) 42-30, with 24 of the Seagulls’ total being of the offensive variety, and benefited from a 20-2 advantage in steals.
Koski cited the play of Maddie Silvernail (7 points, 4 rebounds) and Grace Busnius ( 6 pts., 4 reb.) for contributing quality minutes.
“Got to give credit to Maddie Silvernail and Grace Busenius for being productive in the post with limited minutes,” he said.
Izzy Silvernail added 10 points for Raymond, which led 32-13 at the half.
With the win, Raymond keeps pace with Ilwaco for first place in the 2B Pacific League.
Centralia 50, Hoquiam 32
The Hoquiam Grizzlies are still searching for their first win of the season after falling to Centralia 50-32 on Thursday in Centralia.
Hoquiam (0-5) fell behind by 10 points at the end of the first quarter and never recovered despite a gutty performance from Maddie German, who had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds to go along with six steals.
“We continue to struggle with the fundamentals and will have to focus on improving in all areas daily,” Hoquiam head coach Chad Allan said. “The girls gave great effort and one our basketball abilities catch up with the effort, we will make some great gains.”
Sadie Carlyle and Sharaya Brydon scored six points apiece for Hoquiam.
Centralia’s Carissa Kaut scored 18 points to lead all scorers.
Hoquiam’s junior varsity team won 34-10.
Chief Leschi 52, South Bend 25
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Willapa Valley 59, Ocosta 55
Logan Walker had a breakout game to lead Willapa Valley to a 59-55 victory over Ocosta on Thursday in Westport.
Walker scored a game-high 27 points as the Vikings (4-1 overall, Pacific 2B) overcame a five-point halftime deficit, outscoring Ocosta (3-3) 34-25 in the second half.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Kobe Rudolph, who scored 18 points on 12 attempts from the field.
Cole Hatton, Kyle Wardlow and Omar Luque scored 10 points each for Ocosta.
Chad Flemetis added 12 points for Willapa Valley, which hit the offensive boards to gain extra shot opportunities in the second half.
“In the second half, we gave up too many offensive boards and didn’t always find the open man,” Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby said after his Wildcats went 22-for-49 from the field. “Overall though, my kids played their tails off and like I told them out of the game, ‘We are so close to getting ourselves in the hunt for a league championship. We just have to start finding way to pull out the close games.’”
Cesar Martinez had six assists, three steals and 11 rebounds for Ocosta.
Allen Deniston had eight points for Willapa Valley.
Ilwaco 80, North Beach 61
North Beach couldn’t recover from early second-half miscues en route to an 80-61 loss to Ilwaco on Thursday in Ocean Shores.
Down 37-34 at halftime, North Beach (1-5 overall, Pacific 2B) saw Ilwaco (5-1) extend its lead after too many unforced Hyaks turnovers.
“We weren’t able to recover,” North Beach head coach Larry Moore said. “The kids played hard.”
Josh Bighead had 24 points and six assists to lead North Beach.
Reagan Harnagy added 12 points for North Beach.
Montesano 57, Astoria (Oregon) 51
Northwest Christian 72, Pe Ell 38
Chief Leschi 82, South Bend 37