MONTESANO — Bulldog teams, as the saying goes, set the tone early in Monday’s basketball doubleheader against Raymond.
Jordan Spradlin scored 13 of her 21 points in the first quarter to ignite Montesano’s girls past the Gulls, 56-40, in the opening game of the twin bill at Bo Griffith Gym.
Bolting to a 12-3 lead in the opening 12 minutes, the Bulldog boys completed the sweep with a surprisingly lopsided 53-21 triumph.
BOYS Bulldogs 53, Gulls 21
Entering the contest as at least slight underdogs, the Bulldogs (3-2) disrupted Raymond’s offense with a swarming, trapping zone defense and attacked the glass relentlessly. The hosts wound up with a decisive rebounding advantage.
Senior Kenny Roy paced the winners with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Kody Usher added 12 points.
“We had a good practice leading up to this,” Montesano coach Doug Galloway smilingly recounted. “The kids felt comfortable with what they’re doing and more comfortable with our set offense. We’re just trying to have a good defensive effort every game. Our goal is to keep teams under 50 points and if you can do that, you have a chance to be in every game.”
Still rounding into basketball form after a semifinal appearance in the state 2B football playoffs, the Seagulls (2-1) underwent a nightmarish experience in this contest.
They connected on only one of their first 16 field-goal attempts and committed eight turnovers in the first 12 minutes. Usher, meanwhile, contributed two deuces (one off the opening tip) and a trey and Roy added three baskets as the Bulldogs assumed a 16-3 lead after one quarter and reeled off the first six points of the second period.
The Gulls never came closer than 15 points the rest of the way. They mustered only nine field goals, nearly all of them from close range.
Raymond coach Pat Rogers seemed at a loss to explain his team’s performance.
“We came out flat and never recovered, never got any momentum,” Rogers said. “We gave up way too many second and third shots. I guess we weren’t prepared to play. They just outplayed us in every aspect of the game. The only good aspect was it wasn’t a league game.”
Kaleb Chastain grabbed nine rebounds and Logan Truax dished out four assists for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Alex Hopsecger contributed some good minutes off the bench.
Sophomore post James Hamilton scored a team-high six points for the Gulls.
Raymond junior speedster Marvin So made his first appearance of the season after recently becoming eligible. Senior Alex Sida, another key component in Raymond’s running game, is sidelined indefinitely with a sprained ankle.
GIRLS Bulldogs 56, Gulls 40
The 6-foot-1 Spradlin was essentially unstoppable in the paint during the first half. And her teammates did a fine job of setting up the agile freshman’s scoring opportunities through excellent ball movement. Four Bulldogs finished with three assists apiece.
Montesano shot nearly 50 percent from the field through three quarters and committed only 11 turnovers until emptying the bench in the final period.
“It was definitely an improvement over Friday’s game (with Rainier),” Monte coach Julie Graves said. “I thought we played better as a team. We shared the ball well.”
Converting entry passes and offensive rebounds, Spradlin scored eight of her team’s final 10 points to power the Bulldogs (3-0) to a 19-8 lead after one quarter.
Hailee Williams hit a three-ball and Aiyisha Garcia and freshman Aubree Gardner scored on drives as Raymond (3-2) drew to within five, at 23-18, at the 4:04 mark of the second quarter.
Montesano’s Cortney Miller then sandwiched a pair of baskets around two Spradlin free throws and Megan Choate’s 3-point basket to increase the margin to 14. Choate’s two free throws closed out the half with the Bulldogs on top, 34-18.
After Raymond briefly reduced the gap to 11, Montesano scored the final 16 points of the third quarter to blow it open at 52-25.
Having scouted the Bulldog win over Willapa Valley earlier in the month, Raymond coach Jon Schray wasn’t surprised at Monte’s focus on Spradlin.
“I really thought, with our athleticism and the length we had, we were going to be able to keep it out of her hands,” he said. “The game plan didn’t pan out. They played well.”
Spradlin, who was 7-of-7 from the foul line, also grabbed 12 rebounds. Choate didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter, but still finished with 15 points and six rebounds.
Drawing numerous fouls in the first half and scoring on twisting moves in the paint in the fourth quarter, Garcia topped Raymond with 19 points. Williams added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Montesano’s girls travel to Tenino on Thursday and the boys make the same trip the following night. Raymond’s boys host Rainier on Wednesday, while the girls entertain North Beach on Friday.
Raymond 8 10 7 15 — 40 Monte 19 15 18 4 — 56
Raymond (40) — Williams 12, Gilbert 3, Gardner 2, Garcia 19, Newman 3, M. Collins 1, Heckard, Flemetis, Oatfield, K. Collins. FG — 16-54 (.296). FT — 6-16.
Montesano (56) — M. Floch 2, Choate 15, Miller 8, Kloempken 2, Spradlin 21, S. Floch 4, Howard, Talley, Schurr, Bartlett, Quinn, Jensen 2, Toyra 2. FG — 22-57 (.386). FT — 9-10.
JV — Montesano 53, Raymond 30. Josie Talley 11 points for Montesano.
Raymond 3 6 8 4 — 21 Monte 16 8 16 13 — 53
Raymond (21) — Newman 5, Koski 2, Riley, Hamilton 6, Ratsavongsy 2, So 2, Maneman 2, Freeman 2, Lund. FG — 9-44 (.205). FT — 2-3.
Montesano (53) — Truax 7, Usher 12, Chastain 6, Roy 14, Bialkowsky 5, Nelson, Herzog 2, Hopsecger 7, Chapman. FG — 23-58 (.397). FT — 5-8.