The Raymond Seagulls closed out a stellar regular season with a 59-20 victory over South Bend on Wednesday at Raymond High School.
Raymond sophomore guard Kyra Gardner, who entered the game averaging 24.1 points-per-game, led the way with 22 points, six rebounds and nine steals as the Seagulls opened up a 16-3 lead by the end of the first quarter and held a 27-5 lead at the half against a young Indians team.
Raymond (18-2 overall, 16-2 Pacific 2B) was sparked by a defense that collected 27 steals against South Bend (6-14, 6-12) and outrebounded the Indians 41-20.
“Really good intensity on the defensive end in the first half. We had good execution on offense, but we struggled finishing plays on a consistent basis,” Raymond head coach Jason Koski said. “Better overall balance in the scoring column.”
Izzy Silvernail scored eight points and grabbed five boards and Olivia Stigar tallied eight points off the bench for the Seagulls.
Raymond freshman Alia Enlow, who made her first start as a Seagull, had four points, four steals and eight rebounds as all 11 Raymond players scored in the contest.
The victory closes out a fantastic regular season for the Seagulls. Raymond will enter next week’s 2B District IV playoffs as the No. 2 seed out of the Pacific League. The Seagulls’ only two losses of the season came against league-champion Ilwaco.
Elli Capps and Alise Rohr scored six points each to lead South Bend, which will enter the district playoffs as the league’s No. 6 seed.
Aberdeen 37, Centralia 35
Three Bobcats scored in double figures as Aberdeen won its first league game in three seasons with a 37-35 victory over Centralia on Wednesday in Centralia.
Aliyah Tageant led Aberdeen (5-14, 1-8 Evergreen 2A) with 12 points with Abby Martinez and Kaely Chum adding 11 and 10 points, respectively.
“Our girls just came out really strong with a lot of energy and converted offense into defense,” said Aberdeen assistant head coach Gienelle Harless, who filled in for injured head coach Rachel Wenzel. “Our defensive strategy is what kept us in the game. The girls came out and wanted it.”
The victory was Aberdeen’s first in the 2A Evergreen League since defeating Rochester 46-42 on Jan. 13, 2017.
Aberdeen’s junior varsity team also picked up a win on Wednesday, beating Centralia JV 34-23.
Marina Marll lead Aberdeen JV with 13 points.
Willapa Valley 54, Pe Ell 25
Katie Adkins and Cami Swartz each had big games as Willapa Valley closed out its regular season schedule with a 54-25 victory over the Pe Ell Trojans on Wednesday at Pe Ell High School.
Swartz led the way for the Vikings (13-7, 12-6 Pacific 2B) with 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks while going 6-for-7 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.
“I thought Cami was just wonderful,” Willapa Valley head coach John Peterson said. “She got rolling and she really bothered them. She played very well.”
Adkins recorded a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds to go along with four assists.
Sisters Britney and Brooklyn Patrick also contributed to the Vikings’ win. Britney, a senior, grabbed nine rebounds while Brooklyn, a freshman, had eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Willapa Valley finished the regular season in fourth place and will open district-tournament play at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, opponent yet to be determined.
Men’s College Basketball
Pierce 84, Grays Harbor 77
Grays Harbor failed to hold onto an 11-point halftime lead en route to an 84-77 loss to Pierce College on Wednesday in Lakewood.
Led by Matt Pearson’s 15 first-half points, Grays Harbor (3-10, 4-4 NWAC West) held a 41-30 lead at halftime.
But Pierce responded, shooting 16-of-28 (57%) in the second half, led by Ja’Darius Williams, who scored 20 of his game-high 23 points over the final 20 minutes of the game.
Pearson finished with 20 points to lead Grays Harbor.
The loss was the Chokers’ third league loss in a row.
Grays Harbor sits in a tie with Highline for third place in the NWAC West Region.
Women’s College Basketball
Pierce 77, Grays Harbor 30
Girls Prep Basketball
Ilwaco 60, Ocosta 17