Monte girls rally to beat Valley

MENLO — Bobbi Fry sparked a fourth-quarter comeback as Montesano edged Willapa Valley, 54-46, in a non-league girls basketball game Monday at Menlo.

In only her second game of the season, Fry tallied 10 of her 20 points and even dished out three assists in the final period as the Bulldogs (4-2) overcame a 36-32 deficit. Willapa Valley (5-2) had led 27-21 at the half.

The Bulldog alternated mid-range jumpers with transition opportunities in a 22-point final period.

“In the first three quarters, Valley controlled the game,” Monte coach Julie Graves observed. “In the first half, we weren’t communication or transitioning on defense. In the second half, we worked on getting back and, in the fourth quarter, we moved the ball.”

Valley coach Melissa Aust said her team’s downfall began early in the second half. The Vikings scored only six points in about an eight-minute stretch from the midway point of the third quarter.

“They kept attacking offensively,” Aust said of the Bulldogs. “Our defense had holes and we weren’t transitioning on defense. And only six points on offense isn’t good enough.”

Fry also grabbed 12 rebounds and had eight steals. Justin Nuckols scored 12 points, while Mackinzie Malizia had nine points and eight rebounds and Megan Choate added nine points and four assists for the Bulldogs.

Karli Friese topped the Vikings with 17 points. Lauren Friese added 11 points and three assists and Morgan Walker pulled down seven rebounds for Valley.

The Bulldogs host rival Elma tonight. The Vikings visit North Beach on Thursday.

Mont 7 14 11 22 — 54

WV 12 15 9 10 — 46

Montesano (54) — Floch, Nuckols 12, Choate 9, Fry 20, Ostwald 4, Kloempken, Malizia 9. FG — 20-64 (.313). FT — 13-20.

Willapa Valley (46) — L. Friese 11, Bannish 2, Huber 8, K. Friese 17, Walker 4, Smaciarz, Fluke 2, Harden 2. FG — 20-53 (.377). FT — 3-5.

JV — Willapa Valley won.