Elma’s trip to the Seaside Holiday Classic resulted in a tournament championship for the second straight year with a 37-30 win over Seaside on Saturday in the title game.
Elma (7-0 overall) came out strong in the first quarter but saw the offense slow to a trickle in the second where they only shot 1-of-8 from the field.
The Eagles had some trouble taking care of the ball and committed 25 turnovers in the contest.
Despite the rough second quarter Elma still went into halftime protecting a slim 17-16 lead.
The Eagles got some help off the bench when it came to expand their lead as Kaelyn Burgher scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter while hitting all five of her foul shots.
Jalyn Sackrider played solid defensively in the low-scoring affair with four steals and three blocks to keep Seaside from completing the comeback attempt.
For her efforts over the course of the tournament, Elma’s Quin Mikel was recognized as the tournament’s MVP. Sackrider and Kali Rambo were also recognized with all-tournament honors.
Raymond 59, Napavine 40
Seagulls freshman Kyra Gardner scored 26 points to lead Raymond to a 59-40 victory over Napavine on Saturday at Raymond High School.
Raymond (5-3 overall, 4-2 Pacific 2B) jumped out to a 15-1 lead after the first quarter after starting the game on a 10-0 run in the wire-to-wire victory.
But plagued by foul trouble, the Seagulls’ offense slowed in the second quarter, scoring only nine points in the frame. Napavine (3-8, 1-1 Central 2B), however, was unable to capitalize and cut into the deficit against a good Raymond defense, scoring nine points itself in the second quarter to enter the half down by 14.
The Tigers trimmed Raymond’s lead to 10 in the fourth quarter, but finished the game much like how it started it — on a 9-0 run that gave the Seagulls the 19-point victory.
“Defensively we played real well, position-wise, and played well as a unit,” Raymond head coach Jason Koski said before turning the attention toward his players. “Kyra Gardner continued to play very well and unselfish for us. Hannah Miller had a great game on the boards and Izzy Silvernail came off the bench to give us solid minutes at the point guard position and hit some timely shots. And I’m happy to see Ana Silva score in double figures for the first time this season as she is an important part of our team when she is on the floor.”
Gardner was the game’s leading scorer, netting her 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. She also had eight assists and six steals in the game.
Miller had a team-leading 13 rebounds to go along with nine points for Raymond, which takes on Ocosta in an important 2B Pacific League contest on Friday at 7 p.m. in Westport.
— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group