ROCHESTER — Living and dying by their outside shooting, Raymond’s girls made enough to live it up at regionals.
Hitting 10 three-point shots, the Seagulls survived a late Wahkiakum rally to earn a regional berth with a 54-51 victory in the District IV Class 2B Girls Basketball Tournament on Thursday night at Rochester.
Hot-shooting Toutle Lake ended South Bend’s season by trouncing the Indians, 58-26, in another winner-to-regionals, loser-out game earlier in the night.
The Gulls (21-2) will play two more district contests — Saturday and Monday — to determine regional seeding. They’ll first face Onalaska at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rochester.
Raymond, which can finish as high as third and as low as sixth place at district, is assured a place in regional competition Feb. 22.
South Bend concluded its season at 12-11.
Gulls 54, Mules 51
Each team made 21 field goals in a well-played but physical contest and Wahkiakum outscored Raymond from the foul line.
The difference was found in long-distance shooting. The Gulls canned 10-of-22 from 3-point range. The Mules had only four treys.
Abby Maneman and Courtney Hagain combined for eight of Raymond’s three-balls. Maneman led all scorers with 17 points, while also collecting 11 rebounds and four assists. All 12 of Hagain’s points came via 3-pointers.
Junior guard Hailee Williams also made a major contribution. She accounted for her team’s other two threes in scoring 12 points and also drew the primary defensive duty on Wahkiakum ace Bailee Olsen in Raymond’s box-and-one defense.
Allowed some perimeter opportunities by Wahkiakum’s zone defense, the Gulls never altered their game plan.
“We’ve got really good shooters,” Raymond coach Jon Schray said. “It’s such a fine line. I tell them I want them to get the ball inside but I don’t want them to pass up their open shots.”
For most of the second half, this victory looked like it would come much easier than it did.
With Maneman and Williams combining to hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter, the Gulls led by as many as 16 in that period and took a 49-35 advantage into the fourth.
But after Hagain made one final three early in the fourth quarter, Raymond suddenly went dry — a development that Schray attributed to fatigue. Sparked by consecutive three-balls by Sam Boyce and Olsen, the Mules climbed back into contention.
Shylo Boyes’ driving bank shot with four minutes remaining represented Raymond’s final points. The Gulls led 54-47 at that stage.
Wahkiakum reduced the margin to three on Tori Wegdahl’s basket from in close with less than a minute remaining. Following a missed Raymond free throw, the Mules had a shot at a tying three-ball, but Boyce came up far short on a long-distance try with three seconds remaining.
Hagain, fouled at 2.6 seconds, missed the front end of a one-and-one, but time expired in the scramble for the rebound.
The Gulls trailed for much of the first half, but finally moved in front to stay at 22-21 on Hagain’s trey with 1:57 remaining in the second quarter. Macy Karlsvik’s basket and Maneman’s free throw made it 25-21 at intermission.
Olsen and Boyce shared Wahkiakum scoring honors with 14 points apiece. Wegdahl tallied 11 for the Mules.
Ducks 58, Indians 26
Willapa Valley coach Melissa Aust’s description of Toutle Lake’s first-half shooting in her team’s loss to the Ducks on Tuesday — “They missed (occasionally), but it didn’t seem like it,” — also applied to the second quarter of last night’s game.
The Ducks canned 9-of-12 field-goal attempts in the second period, an output that also included five 3-pointers, to break the game open.
South Bend coaches Gary Wilson and Tom Sanchez didn’t fault their team’s defense.
“We were in the area, they just hit shots,” Wilson said. “From where I sit, they’re the hottest team out there.”
Toutle Lake had no shortage of hot shooters in this one. Four players scored between 11 and 9 points, with Marissa Gardner leading the way with 11. Freshman Samantha Woodley and reserve Erika Halverson chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Hitting four of their first five shots, the Indians actually entered the second quarter tied at 8-all before Toutle Lake’s howitzers began finding their target. Woodley nailed two threes and Halverson and Kyla Kent one apiece during a 19-2 spree that produced a 27-10 lead.
Hamstrung by 26 turnovers, 15 of those in the first half, South Bend had no answer to that cannonade.
Katlyn Sawyer and Myranda Curtis topped South Bend with seven and six points, respectively. Makenzie Russell grabbed seven rebounds.
Wilson, who returned to the bench this season after an absence of several years, praised seniors Curtis and Rachael Black (the latter was sidelined with an injury) for their leadership.
“Overall, it was a very successful season, getting second place in the league and getting as far as we did in the tournament,” he signed off.
Ray 10 15 24 5 — 54 Wah 11 10 14 16 — 51
Raymond (54) — Williams 12, Boyes 6, Garcia 3, Hagain 12, Maneman 17, Karlsvik 4, Koski. FG — 21-51 (.412). FT — 2-5.
Wahkiakum (51) — Olsen 14, Stanley, Wegdahl 11, Budd 8, Boyce 14, Bryant 4, Quigley, Elliott. FG — 21-45 (.467). FT — 5-12.
SB 8 5 5 8 — 26 TL 8 24 19 7 — 58
South Bend (26) — Cearns 2, Sanchez 5, Russell 4, Sawyer 7, Curtis 6, Funkhouser, Kousonhsavath, Myers, Wilson 2, Dokter. FG — 11-35 (.314). FT — 3-8.
Toutle Lake (58) — Woodley 10, Breezy Hockett 6, Bailey Hockett 9, Makala Gardner 6, Marissa Gardner 11, Adams 1, Halverson 10, Kent 5, Lidorkiotis. FG — 23-51 (.451). FT — 5-12.