All season long, Willapa Valley’s Brooklyn Patrick has been one of the premiere “floor game”players in the Twin Harbors, filling up the stat sheet with points, assists, rebounds, steals and anything else necessary for her team to win.
When it was needed most in a critical 1B Columbia Valley League game on Wednesday, it was Patrick who answered the call.
The senior guard hit two clutch free throws followed by a key block to preserve a 41-37 overtime victory in Naselle, putting Willapa Valley in postition to lock up one of the league’s top two playoff spots.
“Brooklyn had her best game ever. She was outstanding,” Willapa Valley head coach John Peterson said of his point guard’s dominant 18 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two block performance. “She took over the game.”
Willapa Valley (13-4 overall, 9-1 1B Columbia Valley) trailed the Comets (8-8, 6-4) 23-15 at halftime and 27-15 in the third quarter before clawing back into the game.
The Vikings forced overtime by outscoring Naselle 12-4 in the fourth quarter as the two teams entered the extra period tied at 36.
With Willapa Valley leading 39-37 in overtime, Patrick was fouled and went to the free-throw line for a 1-and-1 with 22 seconds left in the game.
Stepping to the line in the face of a raucous crowd, Patrick calmly buried two free throws to put the Vikings up 41-37.
Naselle leading-scorer and team captain Lauren Katyryniuk followed with a shot as time was winding down, but Patrick was there to block the shot and secure the victory.
“We never quit,” Peterson said. “I give the kids credit. You can question our ability, you can question our intelligence, but you can never question our heart.”
Willapa Valley leading-scorer Grace Huber also had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Vikings went 13 for 53 from the field (24.5%) and won the game at the charity stripe, hitting 14 of 24 free throws (58%), including 6 of 8 in the second half and overtime (75%).
With the win, Willapa Valley can lock up no worse than the league’s No. 2 spot with a victory against the Washington School for the Deaf at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Vancouver.
Montesano 66, Eatonville 23
Montesano all but locked up the 1A Evergreen League title with a 66-23 victory over Eatonville on Wednesday at Eatonville High School.
Four different players scored in double figures for the third-ranked Bulldogs (15-3, 6-0 1A Evergreen), which swept the season-series against the Cruisers (11-4, 3-2) with the victory.
Monte’s defense was once again stellar on Wednesday, holding Eatonville to five points or less in three of the game’s four quarters.
The Bulldogs led 19-5 at the end of the first quarter and held a 40-17 lead at halftime after senior guard Jaiden King hit a three at the buzzer.
Montesano was led by senior guard Vanna Prom, who had a season-high 18 points to go along with eight steals.
King (15 points), McKynnlie Dalan (12 points, 6 steals) and Evanjillie “Jillie” Dalan (12 points) also scored in double figures for Monte, which shot 22 of 57 for the game (38.5%) and 16 of 26 from the free-throw line (61.5%).
Monte’s defense forced 42 turnovers in the game.
The Bulldogs face Elma at 7 p.m. on Friday at Elma High School.
Hoquiam 46, Tenino 11
Hoquiam kept pace for a second-place league finish with a 46-11 win over Tenino on Wednesday at Hoquiam Square Garden.
The Grizzlies (11-5, 4-2 1A Evergreen) celebrated Senior Night by jumping out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter and held Tenino (3-15, 0-6) scoreless in the second quarter to take a 28-4 lead at halftime.
Ashlinn Cady (16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals), Graci Bonney-Spradlin (12 points, 6 steals, 2 assists) and Chloe Kennedy (10 points, 8 rebounds) each scored in double figures for Hoquiam, which shot 28% from the field on 16-of-57 shooting.
The Grizzlies were 8 of 16 from the free-throw line (50%) and forced 44 turnovers while committing just 16.
With the win, Hoquiam sits a half-game ahead of Eatonville for second place in the 1A Evergreen League.
The Grizzlies face Aberdeen at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Hoquiam.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Forks 54, Raymond 53
Raymond experienced elation and heartbreak in a 54-53 loss to Forks on Wednesday at Forks High School.
The Seagulls (8-10, 4-6 2B Pacific) trailed 32-26 at the half and 44-34 entering the fourth quarter as Forks (6-9, 5-5) bottled up Seagulls leading scorer Morgan Anderson, who was also hampered with foul trouble.
Raymond fought back to trim the deficit to 52-50 in the final minute of the game and took a one-point lead when Skyler Hutson hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left.
But the comeback was not to be as Forks scored with eight seconds left and a subsequent Raymond shot at the buzzer rattled out as the Seagulls fell 54-53.
Jarrod Gunderson scored a team-best 17 points — 12 in the fourth quarter – to lead the Seagulls.
Skyler Hutson had 13 points for Raymond, which sits in fifth place in the 2B Pacific League after the loss.
The Seagulls host North Beach at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.
Ocosta 66, South Bend 39
Ocosta remained in third place in the 2B Pacific League with an important 66-39 win over South Bend on Wednesday at South Bend High School.
The Wildcats (10-9, 6-4 2B Pacific) trailed 15-5 after one quarter after South Bend (2-14, 0-9) took the early lead led by Ty Reidinger’s eight points in the frame.
Ocosta responded by outscoring South Bend 19-7 in the second period to take a 24-22 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats took control of the game in the second half, winning the third quarter 23-7 and final period 19-8 to win the game.
Kevin Agramon (16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals), Garrison Barnum (10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists) and Tarren Lewis (10 points, 5 rebounds) each scored in double figures for Ocosta, which sits a game ahead of Forks in the league standings.
South Bend was led by Reidinger and Josh Flynn with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
South Bend hosts North Beach at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Aberdeen 51, Rochester 49
Aberdeen completed a fourth-quarter comeback to pick up a key 51-49 victory over Rochester on Wednesday at Rochester High School.
The Bobcats (4-11, 4-6 2A Evergreen) trailed 38-36 heading into the fourth quarter but outscored the Warriors (2-12, 2-8) 15-11 over the final eight minutes.
Baylor Ainsworth and Manny Garcia scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, for Aberdeen, which sits in fourth place in the league standings, a half-game ahead of Shelton.
The Bobcats have two league games left on the schedule and will face Hoquiam in a non-league contest set for 7 p.m. Friday in Hoquiam.
BOYS PREP WRESTLING
Aberdeen 63, Rochester 18
Aberdeen defeated Rochester 63-18 in a 2A Evergreen League dual meet on Wednesday in Rochester.
106 pounds: Forfeit
113: Talatheon Warness (Aberdeen) win via pinfall.
120: Tyler Caskey (A) win via pinfall.
126: Jaidon Williams (A) win by forfeit.
132: Rique Gadwa (A) win via pinfall.
138: Jack Dore (A) win via decision 8-6.
145: Michael Leontyev (A) win via pinfall.
152: Dre Brown (A) win via pinfall.
160: Jacob Allison (A) win via pinfall.
182: Isaac Cisneros-Serrato (A) loss via pinfall.
195: Trevin Stewart (A) win by forfeit.
220: Landon Hamblin (A) win via pinfall.
285: Paul Baltazar (A) loss via pinfall.
Boys Prep Basketball
Chief Leschi 80, North Beach 18
Men’s College Basketball
South Puget Sound 71, Grays Harbor 55
Women’s College Basketball
South Puget Sound 79, Grays Harbor 51