MONTESANO — Tough defense and offensive rebounding were big factors in Montesano’s sweep of Rainier in an Evergreen 1A League co-ed doubleheader on Friday night at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.
Despite turning the ball over 16 times in the second half, and allowing the Mountaineers to score 25 points in the fourth quarter, the Montesano boys held on for a 51-46 win. The Bulldogs dominated the glass, grabbing 18 offensive boards.
The Montesano girls got up on Rainier early, and on the strength of a double-double from Bobbi Fry, the Bulldogs coasted to a decisive 53-32 victory.
The Bulldogs also had a great night on the offensive glass, snaring 15 off the offensive glass.
BOYS Bulldogs 51, Mountaineers 46
With about five minutes left in the game, Matthew Jensen hit a jumper that put the Bulldogs up 46-25, and the game was seemingly in hand for Montesano.
About one minute later, freshman guard Tristan Evans nailed a 3-pointer that sparked a 17-3 Rainier run. Todd Eygabroad, another freshman guard, hit a trey by with 52 seconds left cut Montesano’s lead to 49-42. Eygabroad scored all of his team-high 14 points and hit all four of his attempts from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter.
However, Rainier’s efforts turned out to be too little, too late. Despite hitting just one of their six free throw attempts in the final two minutes of the game, the Bulldogs held the Mountaineers in check for the final 52 seconds and held on to win.
“They hit some threes. That was the biggest thing,” said Montesano head coach Doug Schupbach. “That gave them some momentum, and then we started to hurry some stuff out there. I put some kids in off the bench. They know what to do out there. We just didn’t take care of their responsibilities when we had them out there. Rainier took advantage of some things and hit some shots. I’m not disappointed so much in what they did, as much as what we didn’t do, which was taking care of the ball.”
Jensen managed to put up some pretty impressive all-around numbers in the game. In addition to his eight points, Jensen grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists, and recorded five steals.
“He’s smart, and he knows what to do” Schupbach said of his senior guard. “He can read what’s going on on the floor — both sides of the floor.”
Montesano (4-3, 8-6) will travel to Raymond to take on the Seagulls on Monday.
GIRLS Bulldogs 53, Mountaineers 32
Montesano opened the second half on a 14-4 run that lasted until early in the fourth quarter and essentially closed the door on Rainier.
The run started with a low-post bucket by Mackinzie Malizia on the Monte’s first possession of the third quarter, and was punctuated by a second-chance field goal by Megan Choate that put Montesano up 41-21 with about seven minutes left in the game. Malizia scored six of her ten points during that stretch.
“I thought we played with confidence,” said MHS head coach Julie Graves. “We haven’t always been doing that. It was somewhat of a slow start, but we really got going midway through the first quarter, and we played with confidence. They tried to press us, and we were able to break the press. We played good man offense, and when they switched to a zone we moved the ball really well.”
Fry, who led the Bulldogs with 15 points and 10 rebounds, provided a big spark for Montesano off the bench. Fry scored 11 points in the first half, and attracted a lot of attention from defenders in the second half, opening up opportunities for her teammates to score.
“She is my only four-year varsity player, so I expect that from her, whether she is starting or if she comes off the bench” said Graves of Fry. “She did step up tonight. She just wanted to come out and play and she did a great job tonight.”
Montesano (3-4, 8-6) will travel to Tenino to take on the Beavers on Friday.
Rainier 7 10 4 11 – 32 Monte 14 13 10 14 – 53
Rainier (32) – Anderson, Ivy, Mortlock 4, Thomas 5, Turcott 2, Eygabroad 14, Honaker 2, Brown 3, Dungan 2, Justice. FG – 12-54 (.222). FT – 7-12.
Montesano (53) – Floch 2, Nuckols 10, Choate 11, Fry 15, Ostwald 5, Miller, Kloempken, Malizia 10. FG – 22-64 (.344). FT – 6-14.
JV — Montesano 52, Rainier 48. Makenzi Howard 18 points; Cortney Miller 17 for Montesano.
Rainier 6 8 6 25 – 45 Monte 14 13 10 14 – 51
Rainier (45) – Eygabroad 14, Froembling 12, Dragt 4, Bell 4, Evans 3, Miller 2, McCann, Shaw 6, Taylor. FG – 15-44 (.340). FT – 10-13.
Montesano (51) – Ibabao 6, Rogers 7, Roy 4, Smith, Nelson, Usher, Varness 1, Bruner 10, Bialkowsky 2, Benner, Jensen 3. FG – 23-46 (.500). FT –3-13.