Prep Roundup: Buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifts Monte


Bulldogs 55, Gulls 52

RAYMOND — Matthew Jensen saved his only basket of the night for the right moment.

Jensen hit a 3-point shot at the final buzzer to give Montesano a dramatic victory over Raymond in a non-league game Monday night at Raymond.

The Class 1A Bulldogs (9-5) topped the state 2B-ranked Seagulls (12-3) for the second time this season (the first time coming in Raymond’s New Year’s Classic tourney), but had to withstand a furious Gull comeback before prevailing.

Beating the Gulls at their own uptempo game, Monte took a 47-31 lead into the fourth quarter. Raymond rallied, however, behind the scoring of Andrew Hamilton and Darol Ratsavongsy and tied it at 52 on Hamilton’s rebound basket with 1:08 on the clock.

“We played well for three quarters, on both ends,” Montesano coach Doug Schupbach said. “It wasn’t that the wheels came off, they started hitting a lot of shots.”

After both teams missed opportunities to take the lead, the Bulldogs ran an inbounds play with six seconds left.

Jensen passed to Kenny Roy out front, got the ball back and banked in a three before time expired. That represented the Montesano senior’s only points of the contest.

“We weren’t shooting well for three quarters and that affected other parts of our game,” Raymond coach Mike Tully said. “We didn’t play very good defensively and couldn’t really get things going, too many mental mistakes early on. Then, in the fourth quarter, we started playing with a sense of urgency. We really picked it up on the defensive end and that triggered the offense.”

Roy scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half while also grabbing 12 rebounds. Layne Bruner added 16 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs. Monte’s Ben Ohashi contributed six rebounds and four assists.

Hamilton scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter. He also blocked eight shots. Ratsavongsy, who had a pair of 3-point baskets in the final stanza, finished with 13 points, four assists and three steals. Carte Bisbee had five assists for four steals for Raymond.

Both teams return to competition in their respective leagues later this week. Raymond hosts South Bend on Thursday, while the Bulldogs visit Tenino on Friday.

Mon 20 13 14 8 — 55 Ray 15 6 10 21 — 52

Montesano (55) — Jensen 3, Bruner 16, Nelson, Smith 5, Roy 20, Ohashi 8, Rogers 3, Ibabao. FG — 22-51 (.431). FT — 8-14.

Raymond (52) — A. Hamilton 18, Ratsavongsy 13, J. Hamilton, Sida 1, Murdock 3, Newman 4, Bisbee 9, So 4. FG — 23-76 (.303). FT — 2-6.

JV — Montesano 50, Raymond 49, OT.

C squad — Montesano won.

Owls 56, Eagle JVs 48

ELMA — Led by Blake Adsero’s 16 points and seven rebounds, Mary M. Knight’s varsity downed Elma’s jayvees on Monday at Elma.

The Owls (7-6) somehow survived 49 turnovers, primarily by creating numerous Elma miscues.

“Our press just flustered them,” Knight coach Tim Diggle said.

Nick Dierkop added 14 points, while Austin Thompson had eight rebounds, Juan Jimenez six assists and Cory O’Neil seven steals for the Owls.

Donovan Bieker scored 12 points and Kolton Emerson nine for Elma.

The Owls travel to Wishkah on Friday.

MMK 18 18 12 8 — 56 Elma 8 13 8 19 — 48

Knight (56) — O’Neil 3, Willey 11, Pais, Jimenez 5, Beste, Thompson 2, Dierkop 14, Diggle 2, Blake Adsero 16, Snyder 3, Oien, Ogg. FG — 26-61 (.426). FT — 3-11.

Elma (48) — Spencer 4, Crisp 3, Gray 6, Bieker 12, Sackrider 4, Andres, Osgood 4, Smith 5, Davis 1, Emerson 9. FG — 15-41 (.366). FT — 17-31.


Eagle JVs 58, Owls 41

ELMA — Maddie and Lauren Thompson combined for 35 points as the unbeaten Elma junior varsity downed Mary M. Knight’s varsity on Monday at Elma.

Maddie Thompson led all scorers with 19 points, while Lauren Thompson added 16. Conley Doyle contributed 13 points for the Eagles, who forced 49 turnovers. Strangely, Knight’s boys committed the same numbers of turnovers in a victory over the Elma jayvees in the first half of the co-ed doubleheader.

“They’ve got good guards and their pressure defense is the best I’ve seen this year,” Knight coach Lance Valley said of the Eagles. “We really got rattled. They hit seven threes and we hit only one. That’s the game right there.”

Jaycee Valley topped Knight with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists. Hannah Frost added eight points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots, while guard Ashley Sowle grabbed a season-high eight rebounds.

The Owls (9-2) travel to Wishkah on Friday.

MMK 5 12 11 13 — 41 Elma 14 14 15 15 — 58

Mary Knight (41) — Valley 9, Haury 1, Bearden 1, M. Sowle 8, A. Sowle 4, Ackley, Adsero 4, Dierkop 6, Frost 8. FG — 14-55 (.255). FT – 12-20.

Elma JV (58) — Pearson, Kershaw, L. Thompson 16, Hall 8, Doyle 13, M. Thompson 19, Lipska 2, A. Thompson. FG — 18-56 (.321). FT — 15-22.