One full go-around against its league opponents and its clear that Montesano is the cream of the crop.
The Bulldogs took a major step toward securing its fourth-straight 1A Evergreen League crown with a 69-10 victory over the Hoquiam Grizzlies on Tuesday in Montesano.
Monte (12-3 overall, 4-0 1A Evergreen) wasted little time jumping out to a comfortable 24-2 lead at the end of the first quarter against the visiting Grizzlies (8-5, 2-2).
The Bulldogs defense continued to stifle Hoquiam throughout the remainder of the game, holding the Grizzlies to no more than three points each of the final three quarters.
Monte held leads of 37-5 at halftime and 57-8 at the end of the third quarter.
“Montesano’s girls are playing the game the way it should be. They were the more aggressive, unselfish and experienced team tonight,” Hoquiam head coach Chad Allan said. “We had no answer.”
Monte was led by senior forward McKynnlie Dalan, who had another dazzling all-around game with 15 points, 11 steals, seven rebounds and three assists.
Senior guard Jaiden King continues to emerge as a reliable second-scorer for the Bulldogs, tallying 14 points to go along with five assists and five steals for the Bulldogs.
Evanjillie “Jillie” Dalan added 11 points and six rebounds for a Bulldogs team that went 31 of 66 from the field (46.9%).
Montesano had 17 assists, 31 rebounds and 33 steals as a team while winning the turnover battle 41-11.
“We came ready to play tonight and got on them early,” Monte head coach Mark Mansfield said. “We really moved the ball well to get that big, early lead.”
Hoquiam was led by senior guard Ella Folkers with six points.
Allan said playing a high-caliber opponent such as Montesano is a good barometer for his team.
“It was a great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves with a potential state-placing team. Let’s us know we have a lot more work to do to become highly competitive,” he said. “There is a lot of work that goes behind a team like Montesano. Opponents must match their preparation and intensity.”
Montesano has allowed 11.5 points per game to league opponents in its four league victories this season.
The Bulldogs host Tenino while Hoquiam plays at Elma in league games set for 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Raymond 54, Ilwaco 44
Raymond picked up arguably its biggest win of the season to date with a 54-44 victory over Ilwaco on Tuesday in Raymond.
The Seagulls (11-4, 7-2 2B Pacific) led 12-11 after one quarter and held the Fishermen (12-3, 6-2) to five points in the second quarter to take a 23-16 lead at halftime.
Raymond outscored Ilwaco 31-28 in the second half to pick up the win and leapfrog Ilwaco for second place in the 2B Pacific League.
“Our kids showed a lot of growth and maturity from the first time playing Ilwaco, where we squandered a 12-point lead. Real proud with how our kids matched the physicality of Ilwaco’s posts,” Raymond head coach Jason Koski said. “Our kids are really buying into working hard to give themselves a chance to earn victories, this was a good example of that mindset.”
Raymond was led by sophomore guard Karsyn Freeman with 27 points, eight steals and seven rebounds.
Kyndal Koski scored 12 points and had six rebounds while Kassie Koski had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Raymond.
Seagulls post players Alia Enlow and Paige Williams were commended by Coach Koski for matching Ilwaco’s physical play inside and holding Fishermen posts Julianna Fleming, Mikaila Warfield and Olivia McKinstry to 16 points combined.
Raymond won the battle of the boards 42-29 and committed 13 turnovers as a team in the game.
The Seagulls went 17 of 25 from the free-throw line (68%), including an impressive 8 of 10 by Kassie Koski in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory.
Raymond plays at Chief Leschi at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Chief Leschi 73, Ocosta 18
A young Ocosta Wildcats team still without several starters struggled against Chief Leschi in a 73-18 loss on Tuesday in Westport.
The Wildcats (5-9, 3-6 2B Pacific) trailed the Warriors (7-5, 4-3) 18-6 after the first quarter and 39-12 at halftime.
Ocosta would score two points in each of the final two quarters of the game.
Anna Davis continues to have a sparkling freshman season for the Wildcats, scoring 12 points to go along with 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season.
Ocosta will play at North Beach at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Willapa Valley 41, Pe Ell 25
Willapa Valley’s defense was solid in a 41-25 win over Pe Ell on Tuesday in Menlo.
The Vikings (10-5, 7-1 1B Columbia Valley) won with defense, holding Pe Ell (8-6, 3-4) to 10-of-49 shooting (20.4%) from the field.
Valley’s defense also put the clamps on Pe Ell standout scorer Charlie Carper, who had two points on 1-of-12 shooting (8.3%).
“We doubled her wherever she went,” Willapa Valley head coach John Peterson said. “I told the girls, ‘If she goes to the concession stand and gets a pop you get two straws and go with her.’ We were really pleased we were able ot take her away.”
Willapa Valley was led by senior Grace Huber with 16 points and six rebounds.
Fellow senior Brooklyn Patrick had nine points, nine rebounds, six steals and three assists and Gaby Quezada had eight rebounds for the Vikings.
Willapa Valley shot 16 of 54 as a team from the field (30%) and went 6 of 8 from the free-throw line (75%).
The Vikings had 32 rebounds and nine steals as a team.
“We played not good defense, but great defense,” Peterson said. “It was a solid win for us.”
Valley hosts Taholah at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
Willapa Valley 47, Pe Ell 29
It’s tough to win in basketball when a team fails to have one player score in double figures and is outplayed in most facets of the game.
But that is exactly what the Willapa Valley Vikings were able to do in a 47-29 win over Pe Ell on Tuesday in Menlo.
The Vikings (11-4, 7-0 1B Columbia Valley) were able to upend Pe Ell (6-9, 2-4) with a combination of decent defense and a cold-shooting Trojans offense.
The Vikings led 12-10 after one period and allowed six points in the second, five in the third and eight points in the fourth quarter.
Willapa Valley was led by senior Riley Pearson and freshman Blaine King with nine points apiece and had five different players score five or more points in the game.
Derek Fluke added seven points and a team best nine rebounds for the Vikings.
“I think Pe Ell won every aspect of the game except the score,” Willapa Valley head coach Jay Pearson said. “I think they out-hustled us, won the 50-50 balls, were more focused than us and wanted it more.”
When asked how the Vikings were able to win while being outplayed, Coach Pearson responded, “We played pretty good defense and they don’t shoot well.”
Willapa Valley went 20 for 48 from the field (42%), had 37 rebounds, 12 assists and 13 turnovers as a team.
The Vikings face Firm Foundation Christian at 6 p.m. Thursday in Battle Ground.
Girls Prep Basketball
Eatonville 53, Elma 31
Forks 75, South Bend 15