Montesano struggled to keep pace with Toutle Lake and its standout guard Zach Swanson in a 64-38 loss on Saturday at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym in Montesano.
Playing in its second game in 18 hours, the Bulldogs (0-2 overall) jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first quarter but saw Toutle Lake tie the game at 9-all before a three from junior guard Tyce Peterson put Monte up 12-9 with just under two minutes in the frame.
But the second quarter — and the rest of the game for that matter — was a different story.
The Ducks (1-0) got on a roll in the second quarter by feeding the ball to Swanson and capitalizing off Montesano missed shots and turnovers.
After Peterson and Swanson traded buckets for much of the first four minutes of the quarter, Toutle Lake went on a 14-0 run to close out the half, turning what was a 19-16 deficit into a 30-19 lead at the break.
Swanson was unstoppable during the lengthy run, scoring 10 straight points — including back-to-back threes — to force new Montesano head coach Mack Bertram to call a timeout with just under a minute to go in the frame.
The Bulldogs got as close as 36-25 in the third quarter as Peterson got hot, hitting two straight jump shots to cut into Toutle Lake’s lead.
But the Ducks outscored Monte 11-2 over the final 3:22 of the period, with a Peterson layup with 38 seconds left breaking a 9-0 Ducks run.
A red-hot Swanson closed out the quarter with a long-range buzzer-beating two-point shot to put Montesano further behind 47-27, all but securing the victory.
Swanson finished the game with 34 points to lead all scorers.
Peterson represented the bulk of the Bulldogs’ offense on Saturday, scoring 21 of his team’s 38 points, with no other Monte player scoring more than four points in the contest.
Montesano will face Castle Rock at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Castle Rock High School.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL
Nooksack Valley 73, Montesano 41
Montesano struggled to score points and take care of the ball in a 73-41 loss to Nooksack Valley on Saturday in Montesano.
The Bulldogs (1-1) got 28 points from senior forward McKynnlie Dalan but not much else as Monte had a tough time getting open looks against a taller, aggressive Pioneers team.
Monte trailed 10-9 at the end of the first quarter but found itself down 24-15 midway through the second period, thanks in large part to the Pioneers’ relentless rebounding on both the offensive and defensive glass combined with Montesano miscues.
Dalan tried her best to keep the Bulldogs close with 10 points in the frame, but led by Hallie Kamphouse’s three 3-pointers and Devin Coppinger’s eight points, Nooksack Valley outscored Monte 29-14 in the second quarter, taking a commanding 39-23 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs didn’t fare much better in the third quarter, scoring just nine points — seven of those from Dalan — while Coppinger stayed hot, outscoring the Bulldogs herself with 10 points in the period.
Monte trailed 56-32 entering the fourth quarter and played its reserves for much of the final period in suffering the 73-41 loss.
Coppinger was one-point better than Dalan with 29 to lead all scorers.
The difference in the game turned out to be the Pioneers’ supporting cast, which got 13 points from Kamphouse and 10 from junior guard Lainey Kimball in the victory.
“Nooksack Valley is a very, very good team that showed us a lot of stuff we need to work on,” Montesano head coach Mark Mansfield said. “I thought we did some good things, we just didn’t shoot the ball very well and had too many turnovers. … It was a good learning experience for us and we’ll get better because of it.”
Montesano will be back in action when it hosts Napavine at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Montesano.
Willapa Valley 42, Toledo 22
Willapa Valley opened its season with a 42-22 win over Toledo on the road Saturday.
The Vikings (1-0) got 11 points from guard Lauren Matlock and 10 from senior Brooklyn Patrick in the low-scoring victory.
Gaby Quezada and Rilyn Channel scored seven points apiece for Willapa Valley, which shot 32% from the field on 12-of-37 shooting and 13-of-24 (54%) from the free-throw line.
But it was their defensive effort that earned the Vikings the victory on Saturday, holding Toledo to single digits in each quarter.
“It was a physical game. They man-pressed us and beat the tar out of our girls,” Willapa Valley head coach John Peterson said. “We hung right in there. … If you can hold a varsity team to single-digit scoring every quarter, you’re going to be able to hang.”
Grace Huber led the Vikings defense with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Patrick added three steals for Willapa Valley.
“I was very pleased with our effort. I thought we gave great energy and it’s nice for the kids to get a nice win like that,” Peterson said.
Willapa Valley will host Columbia Adventist in a 1B Columbia Valley League matchup at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Aberdeen 57, North Beach 13
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Portland 64, Grays Harbor 42
Shooting woes prevented Grays Harbor College from tasting victory on Friday, falling 64-42 on Friday at Grays Harbor College.
The Chokers (1-5) shot 29% from the floor on 17-of-58 shooting, including 2-for-20 (10%) from beyond the arc.
GHC was led by Abby Martinez (12 points) and Sheridan Green (11 pts.).
Former Hoquiam standout Charli Sampson-Eastman had four rebounds and an assist in 18 minutes of game time for the Chokers.
GHC will host Northwest Indian College at 6 p.m. on Monday.