Bobcats girls erupt to trounce R.A. Long

Playing three games in as many nights evidently agreed with Aberdeen’s girls.

Erupting for 43 points in the second half, the well-balanced Bobcats rolled past R.A. Long, 71-36, in a non-league girls basketball contest Friday night at Sam Benn Gym.

The Bobcats (2-2) had been struggling offensively until the second half in Thursday’s win over Hoquiam. Onlookers would have had a difficult time believing it from last night’s performance.

Moving the ball exceptionally well in a fast-paced, largely foul-free contest, Aberdeen shot 55 percent from the field in the second half.

The Bobcats also committed only six turnovers for the game — just two of those in the final two quarters.

“Tonight proved they could shoot when they get into a rhythm,” AHS coach Aaron Roiko noted. “It was nice to see that it came to fruition.”

All nine Bobcats who suited up scored, with six tallying at least eight points.

Seniors Emily Fisher and Kiana Dixon shared Aberdeen scoring honors with 14 points each. Fisher, in particular, turned in an excellent all-around performance with 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Starter Alexxi Timmons and reserve Erin Kuhn finished with 10 points apice, with Timmons connecting on 5-of-8 field-goal attempts. Sophomore Makenna Roiko barely missed double digits with nine points each.

While the final score scarcely reflected it, this contest was close for 2 1/2 quarters.

The Lumberjills (1-3) owned a 15-14 lead on Erin Kuhlmeyer’s basket less than a minute into the second quarter. Dixon connected from the baseline on the next possession and Fisher put down a 3-point shot from the right wing moments later to put Aberdeen back on top to stay.

The margin was only seven (38-31), however, midway through the third quarter. Then Dixon sandwiched a pair of three-balls around Timmons’ deuce from the left wing. Fisher nailed another three and Kuhn converted a Dixon feed to make it 50-31 at the three-quarter mark.

That was the beginning of a somewhat incredible 30-2 run that blew the contest wide open.

“I told them at halftime that the first three minutes of the second half would decide the game and they made that run (somewhat later),” Roiko said.

Aberdeen’s Tiana Blackburn pulled down nine rebounds, while Kuhn handed out four assists.

The Bobcats did a good job of denying the ball to high-scoring R.A. Long post Sarah Luedke. She still scored 11 points, as did teammate Erin Kuhlmeyer.

Aberdeen enters Evergreen 2A Conference play Tuesday at Black Hills.

RAL 11 10 10 5 — 36 ABER 14 14 22 21 — 71

R.A. Long (36) — Kendle 8, Speed, Snair 6, Luedke 11, Kuhlmeyer 11, Sirnio, Nelson, Olsen, Morgan. FG — 16-47 (.340). FT — 2-5.

Aberdeen (71) — Fisher 14, Timmons 10, Dixon 14, Roiko 9, Blackburn 8, Dietrich 1, Riekkola 3, Manwell 2, Kuhn 10. FG — 29-67 (.433). FT — 7-10.

JV — Aberdeen 36, R.A. Long 20. Paige Johnson 11 points for Aberdeen.


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