RAINIER — Brandi Creviston hit a free throw with no time left in regulation and knocked down the final two free throws in overtime to punctuate Hoquiam’s second-half rally and overtime win, 50-47, over host Rainier in Evergreen 1A girls basketball play on Tuesday.
The Grizzlies trailed, 31-16, at halftime and used their defense to get back into the contest. Hoquiam (1-0, 2-3) limited the Mountaineers to 16 points in the second half and overtime period.
“We finally got off the bus at halftime and started playing,” HHS head coach Mark Maxfield said. “It is a good victory for us. I told the girls that if we were going to come back into this game, it had to be in the first three minutes of the second half. We trimmed it to seven and kept going from there. We got Rainier out of sync.”
With eight seconds left and trailing, 43-42, Hoquiam inbounded the ball from underneath its own basket and got a shot off that Creviston rebounded. Her attempted putback drew a foul as time expired, sending her to the free-throw line with a chance to tie and win the game.
Creviston hit the first free throw, but missed the second to usher in overtime. In the extra frame, Ellie Quercia helped Hoquiam to a lead with several field goals and steals. Rainier fouled Creviston late in the contest and the senior knocked down two free throws for the final margin.
Quercia led all scorers with 16 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Arlene Kramer, a Taholah transfer in her first game at Hoquiam, added 10 points and six rebounds. Creviston added 10 points as well.
Maxfield cited McKell Sansaver for her second-half defensive work against Rainier’s 6-foot-3 post player, Peyton Dungan, who scored 10 of her 11 points in the first half. Morgan Spivey added 11 points for the Mounties.
Hoquiam 6 10 15 12 7 — 50
Rainier 16 15 7 5 4 — 47
Hoquiam (50) — Quercia 16, Parker, Rose 9, Kramer 10, Creviston 10, Stewart 3, Johnson, Sansaver, Doyle 2. FG — 18-59 (.305). FT — 10-19.
Rainier (47) — Schaff 2, Champlin, Honaker 7, Thomas 5, Ivy 7, Spivey 11, Dungan 11, Justice 6. FG — 11-35 (.314). FT — 23-39.
JV — Hoquiam 42, Rainier 32.
Grizzlies 63, Mountaineers 61
RAINIER — Hoquiam’s prowess at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter allowed it to rally for its first victory of the year, an Evergreen 1A matchup with host Rainier, on Tuesday.
Foul trouble and an off-night shooting put the Grizzlies into a near-full game deficit — Evan Newton and Devin Kelly played with four fouls through most of the second half. The free-throw line was where Hoquiam edged out Rainier.
Converting 8-of-9 shots from the line in the fourth quarter alone, Hoquiam (1-0, 1-4) went 21-for-29 from the line overall. Jerod Steen’s two free throws with 1:30 left in the game gave the Grizzlies their first lead of the game, 61-59.
Devin Kelly’s steal on an inbounds pass put him on the free-throw line, where he converted one, for a 62-59 lead. Kelly went 5 of 6 in the fourth quarter.
The Mountaineers trimmed the deficit to 62-61 when they hit one free throw and got an offensive putback with 6 seconds left. Rainier then fouled Steen, who hit one free throw, for the final margin.
“It was an important win, because it was a league game,” HHS head coach Curtis Eccles said. “It is a road game and Rainier is a tough place to play. Give them credit, they are a much better team than they’ve been in the past. It came down to hitting our free throws at the end and we did a good job of executing the offense in the second half.”
Newton and Jack Adams III led the Grizzlies with 16 points each. Devin and Blake Kelly each added seven points, with Blake Kelly hauling down nine rebounds and Devin Kelly swiped five steals.
Eccles cited Adams III and Jace Varner for their performances off the bench.
On Friday, Hoquiam will host Forks in a league coed doubleheader.
Hoq 7 14 16 26 — 63
Rain 13 13 14 20 — 61
Hoquiam (63) — Newton 16, Adams 16, Anderson 9, D. Kelly 7, B. Kelly 7, Steen 6, Varner 2, Oliver, White, Brydon. FG — 19-45. FT — 21-29.
Rainier (61) — Froembling 23, Coker 14, Eygabroad 8, Bichler 6, Dragt 5, Miller 4, Shaw 1. FG — 21-49. FT — 16-28.
JV — Hoquiam 58, Rainier 30.