Raymond earned a key league victory with a 59-50 win over Chief Leschi on Tuesday in Puyallup.
Seagulls senior guard Kyra Gardner recorded a triple-double to help hand the Warriors their first loss of the season. The Washington State commit scored 37 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, had 10 steals and five assists in a dominant performance.
The Seagulls (4-1 overall, 2-0 2B Pacific) got off to a quick start, scoring 22 points in the first quarter led by Gardner and freshman guard Karsyn Freeman, who scored 10 and nine points in the period, respectively.
Chief Leschi (4-1, 1-1) played Raymond even in the second quarter as the Warriors own standout Mylina Pluff scored 10 of her team high 24 points in the quarter.
“Really nice first quarter offensively, but by the the middle of the second quarter we quit moving the ball and defensively we got ourselves into some foul trouble,” Raymond head coach Jason Koski said of his team’s first-half performance.
That trend continued for Raymond in the second half, as outside of Gardner, the Seagulls’ only other scorer in the half was Freeman.
But Gardner was too much for the Warriors to handle, scoring 17 points in the half to lead Raymond to the 59-50 win.
“In the second half we didn’t get as many reversals on offense as we will need to to compete with the top teams,” Koski said. “At this point in the season, I love our effort level, but we will need to not let the ball stick so much and take advantage of opportunities when they come our way.”
Freeman finished with 16 points with Izzy Silvernail and Kyndal Koski being the only additional scorers for Raymond, scoring three points apiece.
Raymond hosts Forks at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday in a game among two teams expected to compete for the league crown.
Montesano 67, Castle Rock 5
Montesano was impressive on both ends of the floor in a 67-5 drubbing of Castle Rock on Tuesday in Montesano.
The Bulldogs (4-1) held a 22-0 advantage after one quarter of play and shot 30-for-78 (38%) from the floor.
Eight different Bulldogs scored on the evening, led by junior forward McKynnlie Dalan, who had a solid all-around floor game with 22 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.
Senior Olivia Young also scored in double figures for Montesano with 10 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals.
Monte’s defense recorded 23 steals and outrebounded the Rockets (1-2) 43-17.
“We came out and played with a lot of energy and moved the ball really well,” Montesano head coach Mark Mansfield said. “We got off to a really good start and took care of business tonight.”
The Bulldogs take on La Center at 7 p.m. Thursday at La Center High School.
South Bend 56, Northwest Christian 10
Ten different players scored for South Bend in a 56-10 victory over Northwest Christian on Tuesday in South Bend.
Using a smothering full-court press, South Bend (1-3, 1-2 2B Pacific) jumped out to an 18-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back, holding a comfortable 37-2 lead at the half.
The big halftime lead allowed South Bend to play its reserves for the remainder of the game.
South Bend recorded 21 steals in the game thanks to its full-court press and man-to-man defense.
South Bend was led by senior Brooklynne Johnson, who scored 10 points for a balanced South Bend offense that shot 24-for-55 (44%) from the field.
“Great to be able to get our bench some much needed playing time as it will help down the road,” South Bend head coach Randy Carlson said. “We set certain goals as far as turnovers and fouls and we achieved every one of them. Everyone was able to score except two starters who sat most of the game.”
North Beach 37, Willapa Valley 32
North Beach buried shots from beyond the arc en route to a 37-32 victory over Willapa Valley in a non-league contest on Tuesday in Menlo.
The Hyaks (2-2) shot lights out against Willapa Valley’s zone defense in the first half, going 16-of-25 (64%) — including seven 3-pointers — to take a 25-17 lead at the break.
“They burnt us in the first half,” Willapa Valley head coach John Peterson said.
Willapa Valley (2-3) slowed the Hyaks offense in the second half by switching to a man-to-man defense, but the Vikings struggled from the floor, shooting just 23% in the game.
“If you shoot 23%, you ain’t winning,” Peterson said. “We got shots, we just didn’t make them.”
North Beach senior co-captain Skyler Langston led the way with 18 points, 16 in a first-half performance that included four 3-pointers.
Fellow senior co-captain Madi Eang added 11 points for North Beach.
Willapa Valley was led by Chayse Coady’s 12 points.
Lanissa Amacher added 10 points while Hannah Hamilton had seven rebounds for the Vikings.
Willapa Valley hosts Three Rivers Christian in its league opener on Thursday while North Beach plays at 6 p.m. on Thursday against Chief Leschi in Puyallup.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Tumwater 70, Aberdeen 40
Despite a better offensive performance, the Aberdeen Bobcats fell to Tumwater 70-40 on Tuesday in Tumwater.
Aberdeen (1-5, 0-3 2A Evergreen) played undefeated Tumwater (3-0, 2-0) even through the first quarter at 17-17 until the Thunderbirds defense clamped down on Aberdeen, holding the Bobcats to 10 points in the second quarter to take a 36-27 halftime lead.
Tumwater “made the right adjustments after the half and came out with more energy,” according to Aberdeen head coach Mark Buckman, to put the game out of reach for the Bobcats, outscoring Aberdeen 18-3 in the period.
Tommy Ray scored 12 points to lead Aberdeen, which had eight different players score on Tuesday.
“We flipped and found more misfortune in the second half when previously those were better quarters,” said Buckman, who also cited Aberdeen’s Kyle Miller for his play off the bench. “I continue to stay optimistic knowing we played our toughest part of the schedule and are battle-tested heading into the rivalry game.”
Aberdeen hosts Hoquiam in a Myrtle Street Rivalry game at 7 p.m. Thursday.
PREP GIRLS BOWLING
Aberdeen 1408, Rochester 1286
Cha’Tara Green and Cameryn Micheau led the Aberdeen Bobcats to a 1,408-1,286 victory over Rochester on Tuesday at Rainier Lanes in Aberdeen.
Green had the high game (169) and high series (300) of the day with Micheau (157, 283) not far behind.
Aberdeen (3-4, 1-2 2A Evergreen) won Game 1 603-530, Game 2 574-554 and split the two Baker games with the Warriors by scores of 141-89 and 90-113.
“Our first game was over 600 and was enough to put the match out of reach,” Aberdeen head coach Dave Bruncke said. “However, Rochester started the second game very well and we did not pull ahead in that game until the final two frames.”
Aberdeen travels to face Tumwater on Thursday.
Aberdeen (1408) — Cha’Tara Green (169, 131, 300); Cameryn Micheau (157, 126, 283); Sarah Harder (108, 119, 227); Aliyah Burkett (94, 92, 186); Toby Jelinek (75, 106, 181)
Rochester (1286) — Alyssa Morales (50, 117, 167); Kyra Smith (114, 122, 236); Taylor Staley (144, 145, 289); Serenity Hurst (76, 85, 161); Kailyn Black (146, 85, 231)