CENTRALIA — To the relief of Raymond School District administrators, Abby Maneman’s clutch shot enabled the Seagull girls to win what might be described as a Dribbling for Dollars shootout.
North Beach’s boys weren’t as fortunate.
Maneman’s 3-point basket with 16 seconds remaining gave the Gulls a thrilling 55-53 victory over Toutle Lake to claim fifth place in the District IV Class 2B Girls Basketball Tournament on Monday at Centralia High School’s Ron Brown Court.
Winlock knocked down 10 treys to top North Beach, 54-40, in the game to decide fifth and sixth places in the district boys tourney at the same location.
With the Gulls (22-3) and Hyaks (14-11) already assured of regional berths, Monday’s games would have been essentially meaningless aside from significant travel considerations.
By placing fifth, Raymond gets to stay relatively close to home in facing district champion and second-ranked Pe Ell in a Region II contest scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday at Longview’s Mark Morris High School.
As the district’s sixth seed, however, the Hyaks must travel to Spokane for a regional contest against state poll leader St. George’s at 6 p.m. Saturday. North Beach coach Larry Moore estimated the cross-state trip for one game will likely cost the district close to $1,000 in travel and lodging costs.
“The state might make money (on the relatively new regional format),” Moore said, “but we’re not making anything.”
Gulls 55, Ducks 53
Raymond put on a torrid shooting display, making its first six shots — two each by Maneman, Courtney Hagain and Hailee Williams — of the game and its opening three attempts of the second half.
As it developed, the Gulls needed every basket.
They were unable to shake Toutle Lake, a potent long-range shooting club that had eliminated Willapa Valley and South Bend earlier in the tourney. The Ducks made nine three-balls for the contest — one more than the Gulls — to stay in contention.
Down by as many as 15 points early in the second quarter and 10 in the opening moments of the third, the Ducks finally caught the Gulls at 51-all on Bailey Hockett’s 3-pointer with 2:34 remaining in the contest and nosed in front 33 seconds later when Erika Halverson got a favorable bounce on a jumper from the foul-line area.
Maneman, however, came up with two steals in the final two minutes. Williams made one of two free throws after the first to cut the margin to one with 1:17 on the clock.
The Gulls regained possession following another Maneman steal. Williams missed from the right corner, but the Ducks tipped the rebound out of bounds.
Maneman then buried her 3-point jumper from the left wing.
Having committed only two team fouls in the second half to that point, Raymond took two others to disrupt Toutle Lake’s offense in the closing seconds. The Ducks eventually lost the ball out of bounds with three seconds left. Maneman, fouled at 2.6 seconds, missed the front end of a one-and-one. Toutle Lake rebounded but was unable to get off a shot before the horn sounded.
Although many of their attempts were from middle to long range, the Gulls shot 50 percent from the field. The Ducks, launching an even higher percentage of long-distance attempts, were 46 percent from the floor.
“You guys were smoking,” Toutle Lake coach Larry Hoff told his Raymond counterpart Jon Schray afterward. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“Overall, that’s probably our best field-goal percentage of the year,” Schray noted. “The biggest thing was the girls dug down deep and pulled together.”
Indeed, the Gulls had no shortage of contributors. Hagain and Maneman — each 3-of-5 from beyond the arc — shared Raymond scoring honors with 15 points. The latter also came up with five steals, while Hagain also handed out four assists.
Williams added 13 points, while Shylo Boyes led Raymond playmakers with six assists.
Macy Karlsvik gave the Gulls good minutes off the bench. In the final analysis, the Gulls can also point to Maneman’s basket from just inside the half-court line at the first-quarter buzzer and a 3-pointer by reserve Amanda Koski in the second period as keys to the outcome.
Sophomore wing Hockett, one of Toutle Lake’s several talented underclassmen, led all scorers with 16 points. Haverson contributed 15 points in a reserve role.
Cardinals 54, Hyaks 40
Winlock went scoreless from the field for the opening 5 1/2 minutes, but the Cardinals assuredly made up for lost time after that.
The Lewis County club shot apart the North Beach zone by making eight 3-pointers in the final 10 1/2 minutes of the first half en route to a 28-24 halftime lead.
The Hyaks closed to within two on Corey Thornton’s basket at the 5:33 mark of the third quarter. North Beach then went dry for the next three minutes while Winlock guard Enrique Hernandez converted lob passes from Skylar Tremayne to trigger an 11-0 run that put the Cards in command.
Although limiting Winlock to two 3-point buckets in the second half, the Hyaks were beaten badly on the boards in the fourth quarter.
They narrowed the deficit to 42-36 on Steven Fry’s layin with about four minutes left, but Winlock responded with the next six points to settle matters.
“Trying to come back, we couldn’t get any rebounds,” Moore lamented. “For the most part, we played hard, but we couldn’t get much going offensively.”
North Beach wound up shooting 30 percent from the field and made only 3 of 11 free throws.
An athletic senior who was averaging more than 20 points per game, Hernandez was as good as advertised in tallying a game-high 20.
Thornton sank a trio of three-balls in the first half and wound up with 15 points. He also contributed six steals and three assists. Teammate Gabe Hernandez blocked three shots.
TL 6 16 20 11 — 53 Ray 18 11 15 11 — 55
Toutle Lake (53) — Woodley 3, Breezy Hockett 4, Bailey Hockett 16, Marissa Gardner 6, Adams 4, Halverson 15, Kent 3, Makala Gardner 2. FG — 23-50 (.460). FT — 0-2.
Raymond (55) — Williams 13, Boyes, Garcia 4, Hagain 15, Maneman 15, Karlsvik 5, Koski 3. FG — 20-40 (.500). FT — 5-10.
NB 14 10 7 9 — 49 Win 8 20 11 15 — 54
North Beach (49) — Wagner 5, Thornton 15, Turner 3, Hernandez 7, Justin Chong 2, Beck, Jordan Chong, Takagi, Fry 6, Ketter 2, Bridge. FG — 16-53. (.302). FT — 3-11.
Winlock (54) — Tremayne 4, Hernandez 20, Rose 13, Blum 5, Fisher 3, McNelly 6, Garibay, Miller, Martin 1, Whitehead, Mitchell, Coleman 2. FG — 17-47 (.362). FT — 10-16.