Bobcat girls crush Ingraham in opener

What may have been Aberdeen’s first meeting with Ingraham turned out very well for the Bobcat girls.

Blasting out to a 40-9 halftime lead, the Bobcats crushed the Rams, 62-25, in a non-league girls basketball opener Saturday afternoon at Sam Benn Gym.

Although Ingraham nipped Hoquiam in the 1969 state boys basketball championship game, Saturday’s contest was believed to be the first in any sport between Aberdeen and the North Seattle school.

Kiana Dixon scored 14 points and Emily Fisher 10 to lead the balanced Aberdeen attack. Three Bobcats — Mo Donovan, Ericka Manwell and Lily Walsh— finished with nine points apiece.

Dixon also grabbed six rebounds in a solid all-around performance.

All of which made Aaron Roiko an easy winner in his Bobcat head-coaching debut.

This contest was never in doubt from the outset. Donovan’s floor-length drive and pull-up jumper gave the Bobcats a 16-3 lead with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter. Rachael Schermer added a pair of free throws and Walsh a driving layin to make it 20-4 at the end of one.

The 40-point running clock mercy rule was implemented midway through the third quarter.

Aberdeen’s transition game and pressure defense bedeviled the turnover-prone Rams throughout.

“I thought we pushed the ball well at times,” Roiko said. “(We) played hard, but they’re going to make mistakes.”

Walsh, who grabbed five rebounds, was cited by Roiko for her hustle off the bench.

Ku’ulei Lealao and Phi Nguyen accounted for all but two of Ingraham’s points, with Lealao tallying a team-high 14.

The Bobcats make the short road trip to Hoquiam on Thursday.

Ing 4 5 7 9 — 25 Aber 20 20 18 4 — 62

Ingraham (25) — Abasbarzy, Chabot 2, Fedorenko, Lealao 14, Nguyen 9, Soriano, Lopez.

Aberdeen (62) — Schermer 7, Fisher 10, Dixon 14, Walsh 9, Manwell 9, Donovan 9, Laird 2, Timmons, Blackburn 2, Utto-Galarneau.

JV — Aberdeen 56, Ingraham 13. Makenna Roiko 21 points for Aberdeen.