FORKS — Hoquiam traversed the northern highway on Friday night to take on Forks in an Evergreen 1A coed basketball doubleheader and came away with the sweep.
For the league-leading boys, the Grizzlies overpowered the Spartans in the first half to cruise, 74-42. For the girls, Hoquiam was without junior guard Ellie Quercia (illness) for the game, but held on for a 45-40 win.
Grizzlies 74, Spartans 42
Hoquiam (8-0, 11-5) won its ninth straight contest by knuckling down on defense and sharing the ball on offense.
The Grizzlies led 37-19 at the half and generously rotated through their bench in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter. Blake Kelly led all scorers with 16 points and five steals and Evan Newton added 12 points, six assists and five steals.
“It was a great team effort; we shared the ball (16 assists as a team) and played well throughout,” HHS head coach Curtis Eccles said. “Blake did really well, hitting 8-of-11 shooting, got inside and recognized Forks’ weakness. Most of the bench played the fourth quarter and they did a good job as well.”
Devin Kelly and Jerod Steen were cited for their defense by Eccles.
On Tuesday, Hoquiam hosts Rochester.
Hoquiam (74) — B. Kelly 16, Newton 12, Steen 12, Varner 8, White 6, Adams 9, Standstipher 4, Anderson 4, Oliver 3, Brydon 2, D. Kelly. FG — 34-61 (.557). FT — 5-8.
Forks (42) — Gonzalez 11, Raben 10, Browning 10, Simpson 5, Teagram 2, Sampson 2, Armis 2, Ishgreene, Ramsey, Larson. FG — 19-52 (.365). FT — 1-4.
JV — Hoquiam 60, Forks 33.
Grizzlies 45, Spartans 40
Without Quercia, Hoquiam had to reshuffle and recalculate its play to beat Forks.
The Grizzlies found some depth in the process as junior wing Olivia Rose led the team in scoring with 11 points and added eight rebounds and four steals to keep Hoquiam (4-4, 8-8) on pace with the teams atop of the Evergreen 1A standings.
“Olivia stepped up for us with Ellie out,” HHS head coach Mark Maxfield said. “She had eight of her 13 points in the first quarter on breakaway baskets. She got us going. Other than the free throws at the end and Olivia in the first quarter, it was a back-and-forth game.”
Hoquiam led 26-16 at halftime and needed 7-of-10 free-throw conversions in the fourth quarter to hold off Forks. The game was also played without a shot clock or a main scoreboard. A portable scoreboard was brought in for the game.
Mikaila Johnson added 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks and Kylie Stewart pulled in six rebounds and dished out four assists.
On Wednesday, Hoquiam will have its Senior Night festivities against Rochester.
Hoquiam (45) — Parker 5, Rose 11, Kramer 2, Creviston 6, Stewart 6, Johnson 10, Sansaver 3, Doyle 2, Quinn, Hilliard. FG — 16-48 (.333). FT — 13-18.
Forks (40) — Dematties 2, Paul 10, Smith 2, Weekes 6, Henderson 2, Collins 11, Flores 7. FG — 13-43 (.302). FT — 13-22.
JV — Hoquiam won.