It was a night for guards on Wednesday in Aberdeen.
The Bobcats hosted the Elma Eagles in a non-league co-ed basketball doubleheader that contained three 20-plus point performances, all by members of the backcourt.
The Elma girls won the front half of the doubleheader 47-34, and the Aberdeen boys took the nightcap 66-53.
The Aberdeen boys overcame a stellar 26-point performance by Elma senior guard Ryan Collin, in large part due to a 27-point performance by AHS junior guard Addam Follett. In the end, Aberdeen’s offensive efficiency proved to be too much for the Elma to handle.
After what was a tight game for more than three quarters, Brooke Goldsmith put the Elma girls on her back in the fourth quarter and carried them to a victory. The injury-depleted Bobcats had no answer for Goldsmith.
BOYS Bobcats 66, Eagles 53
A 3-pointer by Collin about midway through the second quarter gave Elma its last lead, 22-20. However, Aberdeen closed the half on an 11-2 run that pushed the Bobcat lead to 31-24. Follett scored nine points during that run and there was a stretch in the second quarter in which Follett scored 12 consecutive points for Aberdeen (2-0)
“I expect that out of him. He’s very capable of doing that,” Aberdeen head coach Leonard Barnes said of Follett. “I expect him to be a leader on the floor and he has accepted that challenge. We have several other kids that are capable of doing the same thing. As we get into the season they’re going to relax a little bit. Right now some of them are still a bit nervous. (Follett) got really comfortable tonight.”
The first half contained seven ties and four lead changes. Aberdeen primarily owned the third quarter, but Elma closed the period on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 46-41. Collin started the run with a trey, followed by a field goal apiece by Devon Gilman and Austin Neary.
However, in the fourth quarter the Bobcats started to inch away from the Eagles (0-1).
Follett got things going for Aberdeen in the fourth by drilling a shot from beyond the arc on the Bobcats’ first possession. Follett’s shot sparked a 12-4 Aberdeen run that put them up 58-45 about midway through the fourth quarter. Elma did not get within eight points after that.
The Bobcats hit 55.1 percent of their field goal attempts in the game compared to 30.6 percent for the Eagles. Follett also pulled down eight rebounds.
“We’re getting better and it shows in our defense,” Barnes said. “I thought our rebounding was better today and it’s going to continue to get better. Our shooting was good tonight, but it could get better. We’re a very good shooting team.”
“We played with a lot of energy,” Elma head coach Marvin Prince said. “We handled the basketball, which was good. I felt like we kept ourselves in the game for the most part, but down the stretch things got away from us a little bit. That’s the ball game.”
Both teams will be back in action and on the road on Friday. Aberdeen will travel to R.A. Long and Elma will make the trip to Forks.
GIRLS Eagles 47, Bobcats 34
With the Eagles leading 29-26 early in the fourth quarter, Goldsmith took over the game offensively for Elma. The senior guard scored 11 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth and led the Eagles on a 16-4 run that put the game out of the Bobcats’ reach.
“I think down the stretch we started to execute better on offense and got more disciplined on defense,” Elma head coach Lisa Johnson said. “Brooke Goldsmith was phenomenal. She was driving, drawing fouls, hitting free throws, making some shots and contributing defensively. She really kept us in it, but we had to tighten up on offense and execute better and play disciplined defense.”
“We had no one on the floor that could match her quickness or her crossover,” Aberdeen head coach Aaron Roiko said of Goldsmith. “She just took the game over. She was outstanding, unstoppable at times, and she played with more energy than anyone on our side.”
Elma’s Sydney Smythe also drew kudos from Johnson for holding Bobcat ace Emily Fisher scoreless from the field. Aberdeen hit just eight shots from the field in the game and turned the ball over 19 times.
Jordaan Hall scored eight points for Elma (1-1).
Alexxi Timmons led Aberdeen in scoring with seven points.
“For some reason in our first two games this season we can’t find any continuity on offense,” Roiko said. “If we give up 45 points in a game I would say we should win 90 percent of those games. It’s our offensive continuity and rebounding that’s lacking.”
The Bobcats (0-2) have been bitten by the injury bug early this season.
Senior guard Lily Walsh would likely be starting, but is sidelined with an ankle injury, Samantha Laird is out with a back ailment and Ericka Manwell left the game early in the fourth quarter with an injury to her leg. Manwell was already playing limited minutes while she recovered from an injury sustained during soccer season.
Aberdeen will host Hoquiam tonight in the Myrtle Street rivalry game. Elma will travel to Forks on Friday.
Elma 13 11 17 12 — 53 Aberdeen 13 18 15 20 — 66
Elma (53) — Collin 26, Nauman 8, Stark 3, Lorton 2, Gilman 2, Bremer 6, Davis, Neary 6. FG — 19-62 (.306). FT — 11-17.
Aberdeen (66) — Campbell 2, Edwards 8, Follett 27, Floch 2, Schlesser 10, Cheema 9, Black 4, Ontiveros 4, Taylor, Craig. FG — 27-49 (.551). FT — 6-9.
Elma 8 15 6 18 — 47 Aberdeen 8 10 7 9 — 34
Elma (47) — M. Thompson 7, Farrar, Grant, Goldsmith 22, Cristelli, L. Thompson 2, Smythe 5, Hall 8, A. Thompson 2, Lipska 1, Cooper. FG — 16-63 (.254). FT — 12-31.
Aberdeen (34) — Dietrich, Fisher 4, Timmons 7, Riekkola, Dixon 4, Roiko 4, Manwell 4, Kuhn 6, Blackburn 5. FG — 8-51 (.157). FT — 18-31.