Hyak girls shut down in district opener

MONTESANO — What shaped up as a difficult match-up for North Beach’s girls entering the game didn’t get any easier as their district opener progressed.

Outscoring the Hyaks in every quarter, Napavine rolled to a 55-36 victory in a District IV Class 2B girls basketball tournament contest Wednesday night at Montesano.

While the Tigers advanced to a quarterfinal game against Central League champion Toutle Lake, the Hyaks (7-14) will face either Morton/White Pass or Pe Ell in a loser-out contest Monday. While the latter game is tentatively set for Montesano, the venue could be shifted at a later date.

Pe Ell edged Naselle, 32-25, in the first half of Wednesday’s Montesano doubleheader.

Significantly outsized inside, North Beach hoped to disrupt Napavine with its speed and defense. The Tigers, however, were guilty of only 13 turnovers for the contest — two fewer than the Hyaks committed in the first half alone.

Given the circumstances, North Beach coach Brett Mackey was happy with his team’s effort, particularly on the defensive end.

“Defensively, we played well enough to win the game,” he said. “We knew if we could battle on the inside and keep them off the boards as much as possible, we had a chance to win the game.”

A 5-to-1 turnover-to-field-goal ratio in the first half, however, prevented the Hyaks from implementing their game plan. While their ball-handling improved in the second half, they still had more than twice as many turnovers (23) as baskets (10) for the contest.

“We did not put the ball in the air enough,” Mackey said.

Freshman guard Kenya Lorton, who hit a trio of 3-point baskets, scored 15 points to share game honors with teammate Karley Bornstein, a powerful 5-foot-10 sophomore.

Senior guard Quay Sotomish paced North Beach with 11 points.

Down by as many as 16 points midway through the second quarter, the Hyaks generated some momentum near the end of the first half. Cora Pope, Paola Robles and Sotomish combined to score the final five points of the half — all from the foul line — to narrow the halftime deficit to 27-16.

When Sotomish hit a three-ball and a runner into the lane in the opening two minutes of the third quarter, the Hyaks were within nine at 30-21.

Baskets by Bornstein and teammate Grace Hamre quickly restored the margin to double digits. Making only 1 of their final 11 field-goal attempts in the third period, the Hyaks were unable to challenge the rest of the way.

North Beach’s Marya Pope made a couple of 3-pointers to score eight points. Emily Takagi grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hyaks, two more than teammate Sotomish.

Mackey cited Cora Pope and Liz Garman for their defensive work on Mackenzie Olson, one of Napavine’s leading scorers.

The Pe Ell-Naselle game tied a tournament record for lowest total game score, set in Naselle’s 29-28 win over Raymond in 2007. The Trojans limited the Comets to a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter. Pe Ell’s Kayla Capps led all scorers with 13 points, while Katie Green tallied 12 for Naselle.

Napavine 15 12 14 14 — 55 N. Beach 7 9 8 12 — 36

Napavine (55) — Lorton 15, Hamre 7, Bornstein 15, Harris, Olson 9, Snaza, Dickinson, Kleemeyer 9. FG — 20-53 (.377). FT — 11-22.

North Beach (36) — Sotomish 11, C. Pope 7, M. Pope 8, Takagi 2, R. Moore, Robles 4, L. Garman, Avery, Pillsbury 4. FG — 10-40 (.250). FT — 13-26.


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