Pressure defense and a distribution of offensive wealth produced a Hoquiam sweep in its coed basketball doubleheader with Tenino on Tuesday night.
The Grizzly boys forced 27 turnovers in a 51-40 victory in the opening game of the twin bill at Hoquiam Square Garden. Hoquiam’s girls limited the Beavers to nine field goals in a 47-27 rout in the nightcap.
Both games also featured a balanced HHS attack. Evan Newton, with 11 points in the boys contest, and Ellie Quercia, with 10 in the girls contest, were the lone Grizzlies in double figures.
BOYS Grizzlies 51, Beavers 40
Hoquiam might have been in trouble had it been forced to rely on its half-court offense in this contest. Fortunately for the Grizzlies, that wasn’t necessary.
Steals produced the majority of Hoquiam’s scoring opportunities, as the quick-handed Grizzlies exploited Tenino’s inexperienced backcourt.
Hoquiam’s interior defense was also solid, accounting for 10 blocked shots. Blake Kelly was credited with six of those rejections. The senior post also contributed 11 rebounds and four steals.
That enabled the Grizzlies (4-0, 6-5) to overcome 38 percent shooting and 17 turnovers of their own.
“We definitely need to get better,” HHS coach Curtis Eccles said. “I know the kids weren’t satisfied with that victory because they know they’re a better team than that.”
Doing most of their business in transition, the Grizzlies bolted to an 18-4 lead early in the second quarter. Jerod Steen had five points and Kelly, Newton and Jace Varner four during that stretch.
Tenino, however, didn’t go quietly, closing to within two late in the second period before a pair of Camden Anderson layins and a Steen basket gave Hoquiam a 26-18 halftime advantage.
The scoring and rebounding of active 6-foot-5 post Nihls Peterson kept the Beavers (0-4, 3-6) within seven as late as the 6:21 mark of the fourth quarter. Newton then put down a driving scoop shot and a 3-pointer from the left wing to widen the advantage to 43-31 with 5:33 remaining.
Newton scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. Steen tallied all nine of his points in the first half.
Devin Kelly swiped five steals for the Grizzlies.
The active Peterson paced all scorers with 21 points.
GIRLS Grizzlies 47, Beavers 27
Hoquiam’s girls also struggled offensively, particularly early in the contest. They hit only 5 of their first 25 attempts from the field, but still led 12-2 at that stage.
The winless Beavers were all but powerless against Hoquiam’s press. The Grizzlies (3-1, 5-5) had a hand in 35 Tenino turnovers — 24 of those in the first half. Hoquiam coach Mark Maxfield called off the press midway through the third period and played an all-reserve unit in the final eight minutes.
“I liked our energy and I liked the way we ran our offense,” Maxfield said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t shoot exceptionally well tonight. The best thing was I got to play a lot of kids.”
The Grizzlies finally began cooking offensively in the second period. Brandi Creviston sandwiched a pair of three-balls around baskets by Quercia and Vanessa Doyle in a 10-0 run that helped produce a 28-9 halftime lead.
The Grizzlies led by as many as 27 in the third period.
Junior point guard Quercia delivered her customary solid all-around performance, supplementing her 10 points with seven steals and five assists. Creviston had five steals and three assists to go with her nine points.
Doyle chipped in with eight points, while Mikaila Johnson blocked four shots.
Six-one junior Taylor Tibbetts topped the Beavers with eight points.
The Grizzlies host Montesano in another coed doubleheader tonight. In contrast to most Evergreen 1A twin bills during the first half of the league campaign, the varsity girls will take the floor first at 5:45 p.m., with the boys to follow.
Tenino 4 14 9 13 — 40 Hoquiam 16 10 8 17 — 51
Tenino (40) — Guzman, Bailon 4, Peterson 21, O’Brien 4, Pier 1, Davido 5, Engebreth 2, Jones 3, Blencoe, Caldwell. FG — 13-45 (.289). FT — 13-23.
Hoquiam (51) — B. Kelly 8, D. Kelly 4, White 2, Steen 9, Anderson 7, Newton 11, Adams 6, Varner 4, Brydon. FG — 23-60 (.384). FT — 3-8.
Tenino 2 7 10 8 — 27 Hoquiam 10 18 14 5 — 47
Tenino (27) — Vens 3, Bronson 3, Tibbetts 8, Richardson 3, Masters, Ford 4, Gubbe, Richards 6. FG — 9-40 (.225). FT — 8-13.
Hoquiam (47) — Quercia 10, Creviston 9, Stewart 2, Doyle 8, Johnson, Kramer 6, Rose 2, Parker 5, Burnett, Gregg 2, Hilliard 2, Sansaver 1, Gwinn. FG — 20-68 (.294). FT — 3-4.