Hoquiam boys find their offense, while girls struggle in loss


ROCHESTER — Taking command early, Hoquiam bounced back nicely from a dismal offensive showing in its previous game to trounce Rochester, 65-53, in an Evergreen 1A League boys basketball game Tuesday night at Rochester.

The Grizzlies (7-2, 14-3) quickly established that there would be no repeat of last Friday’s 29-20 loss to Forks in which they made only four field goals.

With Alex Boulden hitting three of his first four shots, the Grizzlies bolted to a 10-2 lead. They were up 39-19 at the half and were never seriously challenged.

“We played our style of basketball,” HHS coach Curtis Eccles said. “We were able to run on them.”

Nearly recovered from a broken toe and sprained ankle that had slowed him, senior guard Ronnie Espedal paced the Grizzlies with 19 points. Senior post Cole Smith added 16 points and five steals, while Boulden had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Eccles was also impressed with the play of first-time starter Rashad Lorton.

“He did a great job defensively and added some energy that we needed,” the HHS coach said.

The Grizzlies challenge league-leading Tenino on Friday at Hoquiam Square Garden.

Hoq 21 18 16 10 — 65 Roch 5 14 17 17 — 53

Hoquiam (65) — Espedal 19, Smith 16, Boulden 12, Newton 5, D. Kelly 4, Lorton 3, Sandstrom 2, Guined 2, Brydon 2, B. Kelly. FG — 29-61 (.475). FT — 7-21.

Rochester (53) — Yarber 19, Gedney 9, Blanchard 9, Smith 8, Ranger 3, Wilson 3, Chambers 2, Rigsbee. FG — 16-43 (.372). FT — 15-20.

JV — Hoquiam won.

GIRLS Warriors 46, Grizzlies 40

ROCHESTER — Hoquiam held the lead for three quarters against Rochester on Tuesday night, but the Warriors grabbed this Evergreen 1A contest in the fourth quarter with a 24-10 surge on Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies took a 30-22 lead after three quarters, but HHS head coach Chad Allan believed it was only a matter of time before the Warriors came back. The win gave Rochester (7-3, 11-6) second place in the league standings by a half-game over Hoquiam (6-3, 11-6).

“Give all of the credit to Rochester; we held the lead, but we shouldn’t have,” Allan said. “We didn’t show up to play today. Rochester is well-coached and they’ve been coming on at the end of the year. They flat out outworked us, outrebounded us and beat us in every category.”

Keely Demers led all scorers with 18 points for Rochester. Chelsy Stewart led HHS with 13 points.

On Friday, Hoquiam hosts Tenino.

Hoq 9 13 8 10 — 40 Roch 6 9 7 24 — 46

Hoquiam (40) — Quercia 9, Rose 5, Creviston 8, C. Stewart 13, Madison 2, K. Stewart 3, Parker, Mode, Johnson, Bradley. FG — 14-52 (.269). FT — 12-20.

Rochester (46) — Seymour 8, Althanger 11, Lancaster 9, Ke. Demers 18, Sanford, Justice, Kes. Demers. FG — 14-38 (.368). FT — 18-37.