Bobcat girls shut down Rams

Alexxi Timmons handled the scoring duties early in the game and Makenna Roiko took over in the fourth quarter. However, it was Aberdeen’s defense that powered the Bobcat girls to victory on Saturday night.

Aberdeen forced 26 North Thurston turnovers en route to a 42-34 win over the Rams in a non-league girls’ basketball game at Sam Benn Gym.

The turnover ratio was clearly in Aberdeen’s favor Saturday. The Bobcats (4-6) turned it over only 12 times.

North Thurston’s Chyna Handley gathered an offensive rebound and scored on the putback to cut Aberdeen’s lead to 37-34 midway through the fourth quarter.

Then Aberdeen’s tough and athletic defense stiffened up. The Rams did not score in the final four minutes.

“Overall, we’ve struggled in the last three or four games,” said Aberdeen head coach Aaron Roiko. “So to get a win like this to build momentum for next week’s games could get us back in the right direction. Everyone contributed tonight. Hopefully we’ll look back on it as a momentum building win.”

Makenna Roiko scored all eight of her points in the fourth quarter, all as a result of aggressive offensive play. The impressive sophomore guard scored on two contested layups, and four free throws. All of Roiko’s points were the result of attacking the basket off the dribble.

“(Makenna) was a big spark at the end of the game for us,” Aaron Roiko said. “Offensively we’ve struggled, but our defense has been playing hard all season. We’ve been holding teams in the 40s or 30s and losing games, so getting that spark off the bench was huge.”

Timmons scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the first half. The senior guard’s first-half scoring consisted of two 3-pointers, two deep jump shots and a layup off of a feed from Emily Fisher.

“Early in the game, when she hit some shots she uplifted us and gave us some energy, and defensively she’s all over the court. She played well” Aaron Roiko said of Timmons.

Although the game was close, the Bobcats never trailed and were in control most of the way. In fact, after a Timmons jumper put Aberdeen up 2-0 just five seconds into the game, the Bobcats never led by more than eight or less than two points.

Fisher and Kiana Dixon were cited by Aaron Roiko for solid all-around play. They each dished out four assists, and Fisher pulled down six rebounds.

Coach Roiko also noted that Fisher’s versatility on defense helped the Bobcats deal with the loss of junior post Ericka Manwell, who went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter.

Megan Kramer was the only Ram to score in double-digits. The senior post player displayed good moves in the paint and finished with 14 points.

The Bobcats will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Centralia.

N. Thurston 6 7 14 7 – 34

Aberdeen 8 12 11 11 —42

North Thurston (34) — Akalirai, Ross 9, Kramer 14, Handley 5, Johnson-Conley 2, Baldwin 4. FG – 15-51 (.294). FT – 3-8.

Aberdeen (42) – Fisher 4, Timmons 16, Dixon 6, Roiko 8, Manwell 2, Kuhn 4, Blackburn 2. FG – 17-52 (.327). FT – 6-11.


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