Montesano and Elma boys basketball teams lost their league-opening games as we review Wednesday’s Twin Harbors prep hoops action.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Tenino 43, Montesano 30
Montesano struggled to score in losing its league-opening game 43-30 to Tenino on Wednesday in Tenino.
Playing in its first game since Dec. 22, Montesano (1-8 overall, 0-1 1A Evergreen) led 15-13 at the end of the first half in a low-scoring game.
But behind 15 points from senior Takari Hickle, Tenino took a 23-22 lead at the end of the third and blew the game open in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 43-30.
Tyce Peterson and Soren Cobb led Montesano with eight and seven points, respectively, as Montesano shot 13-of-51 (25%) from the field and 3-of-13 (11%) from the foul line.
“We struggled offensively the entire night,” said Bulldogs head coach Doug Farmer, who stated he was happy with the way his defense played. “We just didn’t find a rhythm offensively and didn’t shoot the ball well.”
Eatonville 61, Elma 34
Not much went right for the Elma Eagles in a 61-34 league-opening loss to Eatonville on Wednesday in Elma.
The Eagles (1-4, 0-1 1A Evergreen) fell behind by nine at the end of the first quarter and managed just 11 points combined in the second and third quarters en route to the loss.
“We came out and battled but lost focus when things didn’t go our way,” Elma head coach Matt Ferrier said, “We are struggling with consistency. We are careless with the basketball and it’s costing us possessions and lost possessions cost you games.”
Elma freshman Traden Carter scored 13 points to lead the Eagles.
Ferrier said the Cruisers (5-1, 1-0) had a size and skill advantage as well as “a stronger mindset entering the game.”
“I have to do better getting the boys to play within a structured system confidently,” he said. “We are hitting the most important time of the year with some searching that needs to be done. The coaches have to do better. The players have to do better.”
Raymond 73, North Beach 41
Raymond found consistency in the first half to defeat North Beach 73-41 in a key 2B Pacific League matchup on Wednesday in Raymond.
Leading by one after the first quarter, Raymond (4-2, 2-2 2B Pacific) heated up to score 26 points in the second frame and took a 36-21 lead into halftime.
The Seagulls continued to apply the pressure in the second half, outscoring the Hyaks (4-3, 1-3) 18-8 in the third quarter to go up by 25 points entering the final eight minutes of play, effectively putting the game away.
“I thought we started out of rhythm offensively in the first quarter, but we were able to fix that in second quarter,” Raymond head coach Derek Rask said. “Defensively, I thought we were solid throughout the game and we forced a lot of tough shots and turnovers. I thought that was the key to the game.”
Raymond was led by senior guard Tre’ Seydel, who scored 27 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Morgan Anderson (16 points, 4 steals), Adrian Quintana (13 pts., 7 assists) and Skyler Hutson (10 pts.) also scored in double figures for Raymond.
The Seagulls moved into fourth place with the victory and are scheduled to take on Northwest Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Lacey.
With the loss, North Beach sits in sixth place and will face South Bend at 7 p.m. Friday at South Bend High School.
Ilwaco 62, Ocosta 32
Ocosta had a tough time against one of the league’s top teams in falling to Ilwaco 62-32 on Wednesday in Westport.
Ocosta (3-4, 1-2 2B Pacific) kept the game within striking distance through the first three quarters against Ilwaco (8-0, 6-0), trailing by nine at the half and 42-29 at the start of the fourth quarter.
But the Fishermen ran off 20 straight points in the final frame to put the game away, holding the Wildcats to just three points over the final eight minutes of play.
“I felt like we could have been pretty even with a little better execution of the game plan,” Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby said. “We got the looks that we wanted when we patiently ran our offense. … Ilwaco is probably the top dog in the league and I thought we competed pretty well with them for most of the game until we got fatigued and lost composure.”
Xander Prigmore led Ocosta with 10 points for a Wildcats team that shot 19-of-47 (40%) from the field.
The Wildcats are scheduled to face third-place Forks at 7 p.m. Friday in Forks.
La Center 65, Hoquiam 58
Thursday’s local prep basketball games were cancelled/postponed