WISHKAH — Wishkah’s boys couldn’t have asked for a better start. The finish wasn’t bad as well.
Reeling off the game’s opening 10 points, the Loggers went on to avenge a previous loss to Oakville, 73-42, in a non-league boys basketball game Friday night at Brian Eager Memorial Gym.
Oakville took the girls half of the coed doubleheader, 46-25.
By reversing a 53-45 loss to the Acorns at Oakville, Wishkah’s boys (14-4) have positioned themselves for a high seed in the upcoming district tournament.
Loggers 73, Acorns 42
Senior guard Brady Anderson scored 31 points to pace Wishkah. Catching fire in the final 12 minutes, he tallied 18 of that total in the fourth quarter.
That figure belied Wishkah’s balance in the first three quarters. The Loggers received solid contributions from all seven of their performers, including reserves Chris Thein and Gavin Baltzell.
And while the Loggers wound up shooting 46 percent from the field, their defense was the big story for much of the game. Wishkah’s trapping defense helped force 26 turnovers — 10 in the first quarter.
Oakville (11-7) turned it over on its first four possessions. Although not converting all those miscues, Wishkah sandwiched 3-point baskets by Robert Rodriguez and Jace Anderson around deuces by Keigan Gardiner and Brady Anderson to erect a 10-0 lead with the game 3 1/2 minutes old.
“Getting out to a 10-0 lead and having them turn the ball over kind of set the tone for us,” Wishkah coach Matt Ferrier said.
Relying almost exclusively on long-range shooting (five of its first six field goals came from beyond the arc), Oakville closed the deficit to 19-17 on a Ray Lopez three-ball late in the second quarter.
The Loggers closed out the first half, however, with a 7-1 run to take a 26-18 lead at intermission. With Thein and Brady Anderson combining to score nine successive points, Wishkah broke it open to 43-26 late in the third period and coasted home in a frequently contentious contest.
Rodriguez had 10 points and six assists. Trey Berge led Wishkah rebounders with seven, while Gardiner came up with four steals.
Marcus Youckton scored 13 points and Lopez 12 for Oakville.
Acorns 46, Loggerettes 25
Wishkah did a decent enough job defensively, helping to create 28 Oakville turnovers. But ball-handling and shooting issues of their own prevented the Loggerettes from converting many of the miscues.
The Loggerettes mustered only seven field goals and were guilty of 33 turnovers.
“We’re not valuing our possessions,” Wishkah coach Katherine Butcher observed. “Until we do that, we’re going to struggle offensively.”
Wishkah (2-11) trailed by only one, 9-8, when Kayla Tudor and Payton West combined to sink three free throws on a personal-technical foul combination with 5:49 remaining in the second quarter.
Fueled by turnovers and offensive rebounds, Oakville responded by scoring the next 14 points to open a 23-8 advantage midway through the third quarter.
Kaileen Bray, with 15 points, and Brittany Maass, with 12, topped Oakville.
Freshman forward Ally Ancich hit four of Wishkah’s seven baskets to score 11 points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. She also had six rebounds and three steals.
West also collected six rebounds and three steals, while Lacey Barber came up with four steals.
Butcher praised her team for working hard in its man-to-man defense.
Both Wishkah teams host Mary M. Knight tonight.
Oakville (46) — White 4, Maass 12, Lewis 10, Arreguin, Lorton, Moore 1, Thebiay, M. Ortivez 4, S. Ortivez, K. Bray 15, J. Bray. FG — 18-68 (.265). FT — 9-19.
Wishkah (25) — Warren, West 5, Barber 2, Kinnaman, Anderson 2, Hill, Tudor 4, Ancich 11, Sorenson, Cushing 1. FG — 7-55 (.127). FT — 11-27.
Oakville (42) — M. Youckton 13, Lorton 2, Trott, A. Youckton, Ortivez 5, Lopez 12, Bird, Jack 9, Atkins, S. Youckton 1. FG — 12-39 (.307). FT — 9-11.
Wishkah (73) — Gardiner 8, B. Anderson 31, Rodriguez 10, Thein 7, J. Anderson 9, Berge 3, Baltzell 5. FG — 26-57 (.456). FT — 14-24.