The Chehalis girls utilized their significant size advantage on both ends of the floor, and displayed excellent offensive versatility on Friday night.
The second-ranked Bearcats remained undefeated in Evergreen 1A League play and rode a sensational second quarter performance to rout the Aberdeen Bobcats, 63-35, in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game Friday at Sam Benn Gym.
“There’s a reason why they are ranked second in the state,” Aberdeen head coach Aaron Roiko said. “There’s a reason why they are undefeated at the top of our league.”
The Bearcats’ sensational six-foot-one sophomore Julie Spencer lead all scorers with 24 points, and demonstrated the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. Spencer hit four 3-pointers, displayed a solid mid-range game, and showed strength scoring in the paint.
“We know that she can flat out shoot it from three, but she can also play inside-outside,” Roiko said of Spencer. “She’s a tough match-up. At times we lost track of where she was on the floor, but give her credit. She’s a very tough match-up.”
Aberdeen (4-5 in league, 9-8 overall) played tough, scrappy defense early on and managed to stick with Chehalis (9-0, 14-3). The Bobcats struggled offensively, but only trailed 10-6 after the first period.
Senior guard Mo Donovan sank four treys and paced the Bobcats offensively with 12 points.
Chehalis’ offense exploded for 25 points in the second quarter, 11 of those from Spencer. Raegan Nelson, Jessica McKay and Olivia Erksine each chipped in four points for Chehalis in the second quarter. Aberdeen managed just four points during that stretch, digging itself a 35-10 hole going into halftime.
“In the second quarter I think the girls lost some of their confidence,” Roiko said. “When we got down, we started to get that panicked feeling, so offensively we struggled. We’ve got to find a way to be in the game early enough to be in it at halftime. We talked about their second chance points and third chance points. Had we limited that, the second quarter would have been different.”
Chehalis has four players on its roster listed at six feet or taller, three of them (Spencer, Katie Hankins and Jamika Parker) were in the starting line-up for this game. Parker scored 12 of her 13 points in the paint, and eight of them on second chance opportunities.
The height and length of the Bearcats bothered the Bobcats for much of the game. Aberdeen was pretty successful beating Chehalis’ full court press, but despite good ball movement against the Bearcats’ zone the Bobcats struggled to find open looks. Nearly every Aberdeen shot was either rushed or contested by a Chehalis defender.
Kiana Dixon had nine points for the Bobcats (4-5, 9-8).
On Tuesday the Bobcats will travel to River Ridge to take on the Hawks.
Che 10 25 17 11 – 63 Abe 6 4 13 12 – 35
Chehalis (63) — Weeks 3, Nelson 4, Kelly, McKay 7, Erskine 10, Parker 13, DeTray, Spencer 24, Hankins 2, Ahrens. FG – 25-62 (.403). FT –7-15.
Aberdeen (35) — Schermer 3, Fisher 2, Dixon 9, Walsh, Manwell 2, Blackburn 7, Donovan 12. FG – 11-40 (.275). FT –8-13.
JV — Chehalis 73, Aberdeen 16.