Wildcats 2, Pirates 1
WESTPORT — The wind played havoc with both teams, but Ocosta’s defense stepped up to shut down Adna’s main offensive threat to claim this Evergreen 1A contest on Tuesday night.
Both goals scored in the first half were affected by the wind and rain.
Mary Davis scored the first of two goals for Ocosta when she took a wind-aided goal kick from goalkeeper Leah McPherson and dribbled and shot the ball home in the second minute.
Adna tied the match in the 38th minute when Julia Dallas’ shot initially appeared to be headed up and over the goal. However, the wind knocked it down and just underneath the crossbar for the marker.
Davis scored the match winner in the 69th minute when she dribbled past a defender and hit the net just inside the near-right post for the goal.
“Then we had to hang on and play a lot of defense in the last 11 minutes,” Ocosta head coach Mike King said.
Adna’s main scoring threat, Regyn Gaffney, played only in the first half. King cited Alyssa Phillips, with support from Kate Jones, to shutting her down. King also cited Leeann Rindlisbacher and Marsha Poulsen for their defensive work and Lexi Schmeling for her work in the midfield.
On Thursday, Ocosta (3-11) hosts Napavine at 7 p.m.
Vikings fall in four
MENLO — Unable to sustain a fast start, Willapa Valley dropped a 20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-18 decision to Napavine in the quarterfinals of the District IV Class 2B tournament Tuesday at Tenoski Gym.
The Tigers clinched a state berth with the victory. The Vikings (9-7) will face Willapa Harbor rival Raymond in a loser-out contest scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at Napavine. The winner of that match will face the Toutle Lake-Northwest Christian victor for a state berth later that night.
Michaela Huber’s hitting paced Valley to its opening-set win.
“We started off really well and hitting the ball really hard,” Valley coach Lori Snodgrass said. “Then, the rest of the night, we played way too tentatively. We gave a good team free rein to hit at us.”
The third set was tied at 23 before a missed serve helped seal Valley’s fate.
“We could never get the momentum back after that,” Snodgrass said.
Huber, Montana Christian and Karli Friese connected on 100 percent of their serves. Friese also led the Vikings in digs, with 11. Christian, Valley’s libero, was cited for back-row play.
Chitwhins in four
ROCHESTER — Sparked by its own serving, Taholah survived Mary M. Knight’s big servers long enough to register a key four-set win, 25-18, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22 in the District IV-V 1B tournament opening round Tuesday night.
The Chitwhins (8-5) will return to Rochester on Saturday to take on Sunnyside Christian. The game time to be determined.
“Our serving was on pretty good, except for the second set,” Taholah head coach Jinny Marchand said. “We fell off a bit, but we refocused and played our best. It was intense. We kept Mary M. Knight off-balanced.”
Rachel Cheney led the Chitwhins with seven kills and Tiana Pulsifer was cited for her all-around play.
Elks lose in three
ROCHESTER — Three Rivers Christian took command early to earn a state berth with a 25-15, 25-19, 25-21 win over Lake Quinault in a combined District IV-V tournament Tuesday at Rochester.
The Elks (13-2) face either Klickitat or Columbia Adventist in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Rochester. The winner will play a state seeding match.
The Coastal League champion Elks didn’t hit their stride until the third set Tuesday.
“By the time we found a little momentum, we would kind of break,” Quinault coach Jacky Stankwitz said.
Quinault’s Tiffini Rotter was cited for all-around play, with Donna Gerard commended for passing.
PE ELL — Toutle Lake trounced Ocosta, 25-11, 25-14, 25-9, in the opening round of the District IV Class 2B Tournament Tuesday at Pe Ell.
Details were not reported.
The Wildcats (9-7) take on Adna in a loser-out match scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Onalaska. The winner faces either Wahkiakum or Morton/White Pass in a state-qualifying contest later that night.