Too many turnovers and too few madw shots led to a 66-28 Aberdeen loss to WF West on Tuesday at Sam Benn Gym in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen (5-5 overall, 2-4 2A Evergreen) had a hard time handling WF West’s size and full-court trap defense, leading to multiple turnovers and far too few shots for the Bobcats. Aberdeen managed just five made shots through the first three quarters and was only able to get into an offensive rhythm until late the fourth quarter, when most of the Bearcats starters were on the bench.
WF West (12-2, 6-1) started the game on a 7-0 run and took an 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter on back-to-back driving layups by senior guard Kyla McCallum.
Though the Bearcats offense slowed down in the second quarter as Aberdeen’s defense did a better job of contesting shots, the Bobcats were unable to cut into the lead, hitting just two shots —including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from sophomore guard Zoe Troeh — and two free throws to trail 28-11 at halftime.
Halfway through the third quarter, WF West took a 33-13 lead on a steal and layup from senior forward Olivia Remund.
The Bearcats ended the period on a 12-0 run to take a 45-15 lead into the final quarter.
With its starters back on the floor, WF West opened the fourth on an 7-0 run, forcing an Aberdeen timeout.
With 5:48 to go in the game, the Bobcats got some offensive production thanks to two of its top players.
Senior center Zoe Filan scored on a putback of an offensive rebound — one of a small handful of offensive boards for Aberdeen in the game — to stop the Bearcats opening fourth quarter run.
Later in the period, junior guard Maddi Gore, who was consistently hounded by multiple Bearcats defenders through the first three quarters, made three field goals and a pair of free throws to score nine of her team high 13 points in the frame.
Remund had a game high 14 points with McCallum, Lexi Roberts and Drea Brumfield each scoring 10 for WF West.
Aside from Gore, Aberdeen was led by Filan (7 points), Kallie Knutson (5 pts.) and Troeh (3 pts.) as the only scorers for the Bobcats in the game.
Aberdeen faces Tumwater at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Tumwater.
Eatonville 40, Hoquiam 30
Hoquiam is still in search of its first league victory of the season after falling to Eatonville 40-30 on Tuesday at Hoquiam Square Garden.
The Grizzlies (5-6, 0-4 1A Evergreen) trailed 7-4 after one quarter and scored just eight points on three field goals and a pair of free throws in the first half.
“We just could not overcome a slow start and cold shooting,” Hoquiam head coach Chad Allan said. “We had better ball movement on offense today, but could not make the runs we needed.”
Hoquiam warmed up in the second half, scoring 13 points in the third quarter led by a pair of threes from guard Charli Sampson-Eastman to trim the Cruisers lead to 30-21 by the start of the final quarter.
Sampson-Eastman, who led the Grizzlies with 14 points and nine rebounds, hit two more 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Grizzlies suffered their fifth loss in a row.
Ashlinn Cady led Hoquiam with 10 rebounds in the game.
The Grizzlies host first-place Montesano at 7 p.m. on Friday.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Ilwaco 75, Raymond 71
Raymond suffered a setback in its quest to crack the top three spots in the highly-competitive 2B Pacific League with a 75-71 loss to first-place Ilwaco on Tuesday in Raymond.
The Fishermen (11-1, 9-1 2B Pacific) had Raymond playing catch-up the entire game after jumping out to a 22-13 lead after one quarter and extending their advantage to 42-29 by halftime.
But the Seagulls (7-3, 4-3) made the second-half adjustments it needed to and pulled to within 10 at 59-50 by the end of the third quarter.
Raymond continued to outscore Ilwaco in the fourth quarter, putting up 21 points over the final eight minutes of the game to fall just short of victory.
“Ilwaco was solid in the first half and we didn’t execute well defensively. We made an adjustment in the second half and our defense improved some. Credit Ilwaco, they are a well coached team and they are good on both ends of the floor,” Raymond head coach Derek Rask said. “We made a nice push in the second half offensively, we just came up a couple of possessions short. I was proud of our guys for the effort and the fight they displayed.”
Seagulls senior standouts Tre’ Seydel, Morgan Anderson and Adrian Quintana led the way for Raymond.
Seydel finished with a game high 37 points to go along with eight assists.
Anderson finished with 17 points while Quintana had 11 points and four steals for the Seagulls.
Raymond faces another league test when it takes on undefeated Chief Leschi at 7 p.m. Thursday in Puyallup.
Elma 58, Tenino 41
The Elma boys basketball team appears to have turned a corner in earning a 58-41 victory over the Tenino Beavers on Tuesday in Tenino.
Elma (4-4, 3-1 1A Evergreen) took control of the 1A Evergreen League’s No. 2 spot in winning its third consecutive league game.
Tied at 25 at the half, the Eagles managed a mere eight points in the third quarter, but it was good enough for a 33-27 lead as Tenino (5-6, 1-2) went without a field goal in the frame due to a tenacious Elma defense.
“The second-half defensive effort was phenomenal,” Elma head coach Matt Ferrier said. “We came out in the third quarter and stopped their motor (senior Takari Hickle). Gibson Cain drew the job of defending him most of the night and he was fantastic.”
In the fourth quarter, Elma’s offense exploded for 25 points, highlighted by two key field goals from Cain that helped to solidify the victory.
“We settled down in the fourth and found a way to execute offensively,” Ferrier said. “Third game in a row with our kids buying into their roles. It’s giving us a huge boost. … We are generating some excitement and it makes the game extremely fun.”
Sawyer Witt led Elma with 18 points, 11 of those in the first half.
Traden Carter added 11 points with Cain scoring 10 — nine in the fourth quarter — to help Elma to victory.
The Eagles now sit two games ahead of Hoquiam and Tenino for second place in the league and are a half game behind first-place Eatonville.
Next up for Elma is a non-league contest against La Center at 7 p.m. Thursday at La Center High School.
Seton Catholic 59, Montesano 55
A young Montesano squad suffered its fifth straight loss in falling to Seton Catholic 59-55 on Tuesday in Montesano.
The Bulldogs (1-11) trailed by four at halftime before outscoring the Cougars 18-14 in the third quarter to tie the contest at 44-44 heading into the final quarter.
But led by junior Jack Jenniges’ 10 fourth-quarter points, Seton Catholic (8-3) pulled away for the victory.
“I thought we did some nice things offensively and defensively gave ourselves a chance at the end,” Montesano head coach Doug Farmer said. “Although we didn’t pull out the win tonight, we will look to build off some of the good things we did.”
Camden Taylor and Tyce Peterson led Montesano with 14 points apiece.
The Bulldogs will look to snap the losing streak when they take on Hoquiam at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hoquiam Square Garden.
Prep Boys Basketball
Eatonville 58, Hoquiam 48
Taholah 57, Mary M. Knight 55
Prep Girls Basketball
Taholah 65, Mary M. Knight 13
Aberdeen 1341, Rochester 1272
Aberdeen defeated Rochester 1,341-1,272 on Tuesday at Fairway Lanes in Centralia.
Despite recording its second-lowest score in school history in a 565-514 Game 1 loss, Aberdeen rebounded by winning Game 2 (583-524) and both Baker games (121-100, 123-83) to earn the victory.
“We did not have a very good outing, but it was enough today,” Aberdeen head coach Dave Bruncke said. “I’m glad we still rallied for the win today.”
Cha’Tara Green led Aberdeen, recording the high-game score (158) and series score (263) of the match.
Aberdeen (1,341) — Cha’Tara Green (105, 158, 263); Cameryn Micheau (114, 124, 238); Sarah Harder (96, 101, 197); Aliyah Burkett (103, 113, 216); Karie Turner/Toby Jelinek (96, 87, 183)
Rochester (1,272) — Elaine Slifer (135, 110, 245); Alyssa Morales (104, 97, 201); Taylor Staley (89, 107, 196); Kailyn Black (107, 107, 214); Kyra Smith (130, 103, 233)
PREP BOYS SWIMMING
Timberline 108, Aberdeen 66
Back in the competitive waters for the first time in a month, Aberdeen brought a smaller squad to Timberline for a non-league dual meet on Tuesday.
Missing a few swimmers due to illness, the Bobcats still packed a first-place punch to hold their own in a 108-66 loss to the Blazers.
Senior Colton Burns won two individual events – the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 freestyle – while junior teammate Zach Parker won the 50 free. Aberdeen’s 200 freestyle relay, which consisted of Foster Patterson, Jamieson Berney, Denny Linker and Parker, won a tight race with the Blazers.
Hoquiam’s Tommy Wallace grabbed a win as well, taking home the 100 breaststroke event victory.
“It was good to get back into the water and compete,” Aberdeen/Hoquiam head coach Rob Burns said. “This is going to be a busy time for this team, so today’s meet was a good start to a hectic couple of weeks.”
Coach Burns cited Berney, Linker and Austin Weiss for their time drops and competitive performances.
On Wednesday, Aberdeen will host its first home meet of the season, a district matchup with Mark Morris at the YMCA of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam. The start time is 4 p.m.
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