WISHKAH — For their latest act in their first winning boys basketball season since 1996, Wishkah’s Loggers stole away with a victory Friday night.
Turning steals into baskets on Lake Quinault’s opening three possessions of the fourth quarter, the Loggers erupted for 28 points in the concluding stanza for a 62-43 win over the Elks in a non-league game Friday night at Brian Eager Memorial Gym.
Romey Begay’s dominating inside performance led Quinault’s girls to a 61-28 rout in the first half of the co-ed doubleheader.
Stymieing Wishkah’s perimeter game with a box-and-one and 3-2 zone defenses and killing the Loggers on the offensive glass (although often unable to convert the putbacks), Lake Quinault owned a 33-28 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Loggers (12-4) tied it with a 6-1 run to close out the quarter, then suddenly went on a ball-hawking spree as the fourth period opened.
Brady Anderson and Keigan Gardiner stole the ball and soloed for layins on Quinault’s first two possessions of the quarter. Anderson came up with another steal and this time made a short contested jumper to vault the Loggers into a 40-34 advantage.
“We picked it up defensively in the fourth quarter,” Wishkah coach Matt Ferrier said. “It kind of changed the mindset.”
Committing 12 of their 27 turnovers in the fourth quarter, the Elks (5-9) didn’t crack the scoring column in that stanza until the 3:40 mark. By that time, Wishkah had reeled off 14 successive points.
“We just didn’t take care of the ball,” Quinault coach Dave Hinchen said. “They got some easy baskets the other way and all of a sudden you’re chase eight points.”
Playing despite the flu bug, Wishkah scoring leader Anderson was uncharacteristically quiet from long range in this one. The junior guard did, however, convert 7-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter to finish with 15 points. He also contributed seven steals and three assists.
Gardiner came off the bench to top Wishkah’s scoring with 16 points. Junior post Trey Berge had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
One of the few Elks able to finish his scoring opportunities, Santos Venegas collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Richy Carlile had 11 points and Chris Erdman 10 rebounds for the visitors. Kobe Kalama, who had nine rebounds and five assists while drawing the primary defensive duty on Anderson, drew Hinchen’s praise.
Begay was unstoppable inside, finishing with 24 points, nine rebounds, six steals and five blocked shots to pace the Elks (4-8).
Smooth-working Hannah Allen checked in with 16 points and nine rebounds. Annber Neeland had 11 points and six steals and Mikaila Blackburn eight steals for Quinault.
“That was kind of the game plan, go inside to our bigs, because they couldn’t match them the other time,” Quinault assistant coach Jon Neeland noted.
Wishkah, meanwhile, fell into a 13-3 hole in the game’s opening six minutes and never recovered. The Loggerettes (1-11) mustered only nine field goals.
“It was a step back from our past three games, definitely,” Wishkah coach Crystal Lawton said.
Lawton did, however, cited some of her reserves. Those include Chrissy Rurup, who scored all seven of her points in the third quarter, and eighth-grader Maggie Sorenson.
Both Quinault teams journey to Oakville tonight. Wishkah’s girls visit Winlock tonight, while the boys take on Pope John Paul in Lacey on Tuesday.
LQ 15 16 15 15 — 61
Wish 5 7 7 7 9 — 28
Lake Quinault (61) — Begay 24, F. Thomas,, Neeland 11, Allen 16, Blackburn 7, Erdman 1, Gerard 2, Sansom, Silva, Garcia. FG — 23-67 (.343). FT — 14-28.
Wishkah (28) — West 5, R. Anderson 2, E. Anderson 6, Marbut, Zembal 6, Warren, Rurup 7, Ancich, Sorenson 2. FG — 9-46 (.196). FT — 8-12.
LQ 11 11 12 9 — 43
Wish 19 4 11 28 — 62
Lake Quinault (43) — Carlile 11, Dalton Lines 9, Kalama 4, Colton 1, Venegas 13, Erdman 4, Garcia 1, Dorhofer, Peters. FG — 14-65 (.215). FT — 10-16.
Wishkah (62) — B. Anderson 15, Rodriguez 9, J. Anderson 4, Baltzell 2, Berge 12, Gardiner 16, Thein 2, Arnold 2. FG — 18-47 (.383). FT — 24-31.