Prep roundup: Elma boys bow out


BOYS BASKETBALL

Wildcats 54, Eagles 33

LA CENTER — Plagued by glacial shooting from the field and the foul line, Elma ended its season with a district play-in loss at La Center on Monday.

Six-foot-seven post Austin Myers led a balanced La Center attack with 12 points as the Wildcats advanced to a district quarterfinal date with Hoquiam on Thursday night at Chehalis.

The Eagles concluded their season with a 3-19 record.

Elma shot only 25 percent from the field for the contest. The Eagles were also an abysmal 5-of-19 from the foul line.

That essentially was the story of the contest, in the view of Elma coach Marvin Prince.

“They were a little bigger, a little more athletic, but I didn’t feel like they were that much better than us,” Prince said. “We just had some simple, easy shots we couldn’t hit. We had the right shots at the right time, they just didn’t go in.”

The Eagles were within two midway through the second quarter before the Wildcats pulled away.

Chance Bremer topped Elma with 12 points and seven rebounds. Joe Wilson also pulled down seven rebounds for the Eagles, while Bremer and Tyson Nauman each collected three steals.

Thanking assistant coaches Ryan Watkins, Tyson Farrar, Nick Kruger and Ian Osgood, Prince also paid tribute to his players.

“If you look at the won-loss record, it’s obviously not that impressive (but) I feel like we competed night in and night out, they improved every day,” Prince said.”They can be proud of the effort they gave this year. Anyone could have thrown the towel in a month ago and they didn’t. We will get stronger as a result.”

Elma 7 12 6 8 — 33 La 12 14 14 14 — 54

Elma (33) — Collin 3, Farr, Nauman 8, Sayler, Stark 3, Riffe, Z. Osgood, S. Osgood, Bremer 12, Stevens 1, Wilson 5, Davis 1. FG — 12-48 (.250). FT — 5-19.

La Center (54) — Wonderly 11, King 2, Griffee 1, Benitez 2, Braaten 8, Aquirre 7, Davison, Arn 4, Hille, Brown 5, VanTol 2, Myers 12. FG — 21-55 (.382). FT — 11-17.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Elks 45, Loggers 27

AMANDA PARK — Led by Romenita Begay’s 14 points and 12 rebounds, Lake Quinault closed out its regular season by easily topping Crescent in a non-league contest Monday at Amanda Park.

Ahead 19-6 at the half, the Elks (8-9) made extensive use of reserves in winning their fifth straight.

Begay also blocked seven shots. Hannah Allen added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Annber Neeland chipped in with 12 rebounds and three steals.

Quinault coaches Dennis Hinchen and Jon Neeland cited their entire team with a good showing.

“A good team effort and a good learning experience,” Neeland summed up.

The Elks will host Oakville in a Northern Division playoff game Thursday night.

Cres 4 2 8 13 — 27 LQ 7 12 17 9 — 45

Crescent (27)— Williams 2, Hartley 6, McNaughton 2, Youngman 3, Christy 5, Belford 5, France 4. FG — 12-39 (.308). FT — 2-8.

Lake Quinault (45) — Begay 14, F. Thomas 4, A. Blackburn 3, M. Blackburn 3, Neeland 4, Erdman 5, Sansom 2, Allen 10. FG — 14-45 (.311). FT — 14-27.