Willapa Harbor girls teams fall at district


MONTESANO — Willapa Harbor teams found points hard to come by in the quarterfinals of the District IV Class 2B Girls Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

Napavine limited Raymond to 10 points or less in every quarter in upended the third-ranked Gulls, 38-31, at Montesano’s Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.

Onalaska dominated South Bend, 61-35, in the final game of the co-ed quadrupleheader.

The Seagulls (19-2) will take on Mossyrock in a loser-out contest at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rochester. The Indians (11-10) take on North Beach at 6:30 the same night at Montesano.

Tigers 38, Gulls 31

Raymond saw its 19-game winning streak end at the hands of the same Napavine club that had handed the Gulls their only previous loss.

The Gulls, as the saying goes, played well enough to win defensively. Raymond coach Jon Schray was particularly pleased with the defensive work of Hailee Williams on Napavine ace Demi Sahlinger.

The latter led all scorers with 18 points, but was held in check for much of the contest.

Raymond, though, could never get untracked offensively against Napavine’s man-to-man defense.

The Gulls shot only 31 percent from the field. Worse yet, they committed 23 turnovers, more than double Napavine’s total, in a deliberately paced game.

“When you give a good team like (them) that many opportunities, that’s what’s going to happen,” Raymond coach Jon Schray reflected.

The Gulls scored the game’s first four points and led 7-5 at the first break. But they went the opening seven minutes of the second quarter without a field goal, while the Tigers took command. Sahlinger, Alexa Peters and Kalli Brown combined on an 8-0 run that gave the Lewis County club a permanent lead at 18-8.

Raymond stayed within striking distance for the rest of the way, trailing by only four (32-28), when Williams took a pass from Shylo Boyes for a conventional three-point play with 5:09 remaining in the contest.

The Gulls, however, were unable to generate any offensive momentum down the stretch. They mustered only a single free throw until the final three seconds.

Although she’s had better shooting nights, Abby Maneman topped Raymond with 13 points and seven rebounds. Aiyisha Garcia led Gull rebounders with nine. Courtney Hagain also grabbed seven rebounds.

Loggers 61, Indians 35

South Bend actually shot pretty well. The Indians connected on 14 of their 30 field goal attempts, and converted all six free throws.

However, solid shooting could not make up for South Bend’s turnover woes. The Indians struggled against the full-court press of the Loggers, and turned the ball over 30 times.

Bailee Neilson got the Loggers off to a fast start. The senior guard connected on five of six attempts from beyond the arc and scored 17 points in the first quarter. Neilson added another trey in the second half and finished the game with 20 points.

“Our key was to take their two big girls out as much as we could, and we held them to eight points each in the first half,” South Bend head coach Gary Wilson said. “Then (Neilson) hit five 3-pointers.”

Onalaska senior post Autumn Durand scored 17 of her game-high 25 points in the second half.

Katlyn Sawyer scored 10 points for South Bend, and was the only Indian to hit double digits.

Ona 23 10 15 13 – 61

SB 14 11 4 6 – 35

Onalaska (61) — Smalley 2, Ulery, Paxton, Neilson 20, Durand 25, Hutchison 14, Vint, Disney, Duryea Kinsman, Dalsted, Musick. FG – 24-48 (.500). FT – 7-8.

South Bend (35) — Cearns 3, Sanchez 6, Funkhouser, Kousonhsvath, Russell 7, Sawyer 10, Curtis 7, Myers, Wilson 2, Dokter. FG – 14-30 (.467). FT – 6-6.

Nap 5 17 8 8 — 38

Ray 7 6 10 8 — 31

Napavine (38) — Sahlinger 18, Dekoker 4, Brown 6, Peters 3, Atkins 2, Erven, Hamre 5. FG — 14-54 (.259). FT — 9-14.

Raymond (31) — Williams 9, Boyes 2, Garcia 7, Maneman 13, Hagain, Karlsvik, Koski, Heckard. FG — 11-36 (.306). FT — 8-16.