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Ilwaco 73, South Bend 26
The South Bend Indians struggled handling Ilwaco’s press defense en route to a 73-26 loss on Tuesday at South Bend High School.
South Bend (2-1 overall, 2-1 Pacific 2B) fell behind 6-0 but regrouped behind the post play of sophomore Reece Williams, who had eight points and eight rebounds in the game.
The Indians cut the lead to two points in the second quarter when freshman Elli Capps hit a 3-pointer.
But Ilwaco (4-0, 3-0) changed its press defense, which caused problems for the Indians according to South Bend head coach Randy Carlson.
“It took us out of our game plan and the wheels fell off,” he said. “Turnover after turnover led to quick (Ilwaco) buckets.”
Most of those buckets were scored by reigning league MVP Erika Glenn, who scored a game-high 28 points on the evening.
The second half was more of the same, as Ilwaco kept the press on and outscored South Bend 39-15 over the final 24 minutes of the game.
Capps also scored eight points for the Indians, which shot 10-of-58 from the field and 5-of-14 from the free-throw line.
“I was proud of the way the girls competed and never gave up,” Carlson said. “We need to handle pressure better and cut down on the turnovers. You can’t commit that many turnovers and expect to win the game.”
South Bend takes on Life Christian at 5:45 p.m. on Friday at South Bend High School.
Ilwaco 12 22 19 20 — 73
South Bend 7 4 9 6 — 26
Top Players: South Bend — Williams (8 pts., 8 reb.); Capps (8 pts.); Hannah Jewell (5 pts.); Alise Rohr (3 pts.); Alathia Markwell (2 pts.). Ilwaco — Glenn (28 pts.); Sunny Kemmer (14 pts.); Kylie Gray (12 pts.)
Willapa Valley 50, North Beach 17
Katie Adkins scored a season-high 26 points to lead Willapa Valley to a 50-17 victory over North Beach on Tuesday in Ocean Shores.
After his team struggled to score more than 30 points in each of its first two games of the season, Vikings head coach John Peterson tweaked the Willapa Valley rotation, moving Adkins from point guard to the wing, a position Peterson said more natural for Adkins.
“It allowed Katie to play her more comfortable position on the wing and Britney (Patrick) to play down low.”
While Willapa Valley (2-1, 2-1 Pacific 2B) had its highest offensive output of the season, it didn’t come without its struggles. According to Peterson, the Vikings still struggled to finish at the rim, missing eight open layups in the first half.
“We talked at halftime that we have to try to do better and we did,” he said, adding that a couple of Georgi Ritzman 3-pointers in the first half helped to get the Vikings going on offense.
Willapa Valley’s upcoming game against Chief Leschi has been rescheduled for a later date to be determined, so next up on the Vikings’ scheduled is a date with the South Bend Indians at 7 p.m. on Monday in South Bend.
Willapa Valley 10 10 14 16 — 50
North Beach 4 4 3 6 — 17
Top Players: WV — Adkins (26 pts., 7 stls, 5 reb.); Ritzman (8 pts.); Olivia Betrozoff (5 reb.); Cami Swartz (3 blk.)
Rochester 40, Montesano 38
Montesano struggled to hold a late lead and fell down the stretch to Rochester 40-38 on Tuesday in Rochester.
Tied at the half, Montesano (1-3) fell behind by six points in the third quarter before climbing to within a bucket late in the quarter.
Led by freshman McKynnlie Dalan’s 22 points, Monte took a seven point lead with four minutes left in the game. But turnovers late in the game led to a Rochester run that Monte could not overcome.
“We had a chance to keep them at bay, but we didn’t,” Montesano head coach Mark Mansfield said. “We played hard but didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we had.”
Paige Lisherness added eight points for Montesano, which plays at Castle Rock at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Montesano 9 8 9 12 — 48
Rochester 6 11 11 12 — 40
Top Players — Dalan (22 pts.); Lisherness (8 pts.). Rochester — Kortney Kerbaugh (14 pts.)
Pe Ell 40, Life Chr. 30
Northwest Chr. 38, Ocosta 12