The Raymond Seagulls completed a perfect league season with a dominant 66-4 victory over South Bend on Thursday in Raymond.
The 2B Pacific League champion Seagulls (14-1 overall, 9-0 2B Pacific) honored its seniors on Senior Night by handing rival South Bend (4-11, 2-7) one of its most lopsided losses in school history.
Raymond’s defense allowed two points in the the first quarter on a Reece Williams bucket and two in the second quarter on a field goal by Raydynn Morley for South Bend’s only points of the contest. The Seagulls defense held South Bend scoreless for the entire second half.
“Defensively, our kids really were locked in and disciplined within the structure of our defensive philosophies,” said Raymond head coach Jason Koski, whose team had 18 steals on Thursday. “Great energy and focus by everyone that got on the floor.”
State Player of the Year candidate Kyra Gardner led Raymond with another outstanding performance. The senior guard scored 36 points — her seventh game above 30 points this season — to go along with nine rebounds and eight steals.
Freshman guard Karsyn Freeman continues to be a reliable second scorer for Raymond, scoring 19 points and recording six steals against South Bend.
Raymond honored seniors Gardner, Izzy Silvernail, Olivia Stigar, Sidney Swogger, Grace Busenius and Page Chan on Senior Night.
“Great night to honor our seniors that have been part of our program in various roles during their career,” Koski said. “Every single one of them have contributed to the success of our program. As the program’s coach, I really appreciate their commitment and desire to be a part of our program.”
The Seagulls, currently ranked No. 2 in the WIAA RPI rankings and No. 4 in the state’s AP Poll, will host a 2B District 4 Tournament game on Saturday (time, opponent to be determined).
Aberdeen 65, Centralia 34
The Aberdeen Bobcats won their fourth league game in a row with a 65-34 victory over Centralia on Thursday in Aberdeen.
The Bobcats (9-6, 6-5 2A Evergreen) doubled up on Centralia by halftime at 36-18 after a big first half from senior post Abby Martinez and junior guard Marina Marll, who scored 13 and 10 points in the half, respectively.
Aberdeen’s defense, which held the Tigers to nine points in each of the first two quarters, shut down Centralia in the third quarter by allowing just two points in the period.
The Bobcats outscored Centralia 29-16 in the second half to pick up the victory.
Martinez led Aberdeen with 15 points while Marll (12 points) and Maddi Gore (10 points) also scored in double figures for a Bobcats team that had nine players score in the game.
Aberdeen sits in third place in the 2A Evergreen League and will face Shelton in the regular-season finale at 7 p.m. on Monday in Shelton.
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Montesano 46, Tenino 37
There is no justice in the 1A Evergreen League if Montesano head coach Doug Farmer doesn’t get serious consideration for Coach of the Year.
Farmer took over a winless Montesano program in late December and, after a stunning past two weeks, has guided the Bulldogs to the postseason after Monte defeated Tenino 46-37 on Thursday in Montesano.
“Huge team effort to earn a spot in the district tournament,” said Farmer, who took over for Mike Stoddard on Dec. 20. “We set a goal two weeks ago to have a great second half of league and get into the playoffs. Proud of their effort to win three of the last four games.”
Needing a win to keep its season alive, Montesano turned to its lone senior and 1A Evergreen League MVP candidate Caydon Lovell, who scored a game high 18 points on Senior Night.
“Caydon Lovell played great,” Farmer said. “Huge night offensively and on the boards.”
Montesano (4-13, 3-5 1A Evergreen) trailed 10-7 after the first quarter but a big second period, thanks in large part to six points from Lovell, and a strong defense had the Bulldogs up 25-15 at the half.
Tenino (7-9, 3-5), which beat Elma earlier in the week to earn its trip to districts, got 15 points from Oregon State football commit Takari Hickle, but it wasn’t enough as Lovell hit three shots in the fourth quarter to help Monte advance to the playoffs.
Tyce Peterson also scored in double digits for Montesano with 12 points.
Montesano entered the latter half of the league schedule on life support, with just one win on the season as late as Jan. 24.
Inexperienced and undersized at the varsity level aside from Lovell, the Bulldogs have rattled off three wins in its past four games, losing only to league-champion Eatonville over the past two weeks to earn an improbable trip to the postseason.
Montesano’s victory bounced Hoquiam from the postseason and secured the league’s No. 2 spot for East County rival Elma.
Montesano will enter the postseason as either the league’s No. 3 or No. 4 seed and will play in the 1A District 4 Tournament beginning Feb. 10.
Willapa Valley 60, Mossyrock 44
Willapa Valley completed an impressive regular season with a 60-44 victory over Mossyrock on Thursday in Menlo.
The Vikings (17-4) had another balanced performance on offense with four players scoring in double figures and seven players scoring in the game.
Junior Riley Pearson led Willapa Valley with 15 points, senior Gavin Hampton had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, senior Tyler Adkins scored 13 points and junior Kolten Fluke added 10 points for the Vikings.
“We are a team that has eight to 10 players that can play and on any given night, (our top player) can be someone different,” Willapa Valley head coach Jay Pearson said. “Tonight it was Gavin Hampton.”
In addition to his double-double performance, Hampton led Willapa Valley with five assists and recorded one of the Vikings two blocks in the game.
Coach Pearson also noted the play of Garrett Keeton, who gave the Vikings “quality minutes off the bench” with six points in the second half as the Vikings pulled away from Mossyrock (7-8).
The Vikings honored seniors Adkins, Hampton, Keeton, Grady Christen, Aiden Jerles and Chris Western on Senior Night, with Coach Pearson stating the win was “a great way for our senior class to go out.”
The 1B Columbia Valley League champions, Willapa Valley has a bye for the first two rounds of the 1B District 4 Tournament and will host a semifinal game on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Northwest Christian 58, Ocosta 36
Ocosta dropped its second game in as many days to Northwest Christian, losing 58-36 on Thursday in Lacey.
Ocosta (6-13, 3-11 2B Pacific) played tentative on both ends of the floor en route to a 35-20 halftime deficit.
Playing with more intensity in the second half, Ocosta cut the deficit to eight points before foul trouble and a lack of rebounding began to take its toll.
The Wolverines (6-14, 5-9) pulled away in the fourth quarter as Ocosta struggled to score over the final seven minutes of the game, scoring just two points in the final period.
Josh Figueroa and Mark Lewis led Ocosta with 10 points apiece.
Ocosta will enter the 2B District 4 Tournament on Saturday as the Pacific League’s No. 7 seed.