For their season opener, Hoquiam’s girls were defensively in mid-season form.
Limiting North Mason to 10 field goals, the Grizzlies cruised to a 51-22 triumph in a non-league girls basketball contest Monday night at Hoquiam Square Garden.
After hitting only 3-of-19 from the field in the opening quarter, Hoquiam warmed up only slightly to 29 percent shooting for the contest.
The Grizzlies more than made up for it on the defensive end. Starting in a man-to-man and shifting to a zone, they held the Bulldogs from Belfair to slightly under 20 percent in field-goal shooting while helping to force 27 turnovers.
Making his girls basketball head-coaching debut, Hoquiam’s Mark Maxfield gave his team decent marks for a first outing.
“Defensively, we played pretty well,” Maxfield said. “I thought we ran the court, pushed the ball up the court pretty well. It was just a good start, but that’s all it is. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
With all 11 HHS varsity performers seeing extensive action, only senior guard Brandi Creviston reached double figures in scoring. Knocking down half of her team’s six 3-point baskets, she finished with a game-high 13 points.
Reserve Kylie Stewart had nine points and sophomore starter Kelci Parker eight points for the Grizzlies.
Junior point guard Ellie Quercia had a strong all-around performance with seven points, six steals, five rebounds and four blocked shots.
This contest didn’t create much more suspense than the Seattle Seahawks’ 34-7 rout of New Orleans — the telecast of which undoubtedly contributed heavily to the sparse Garden turnout.
After tallying the game opening seven points, the Grizzlies went dry for the next 3 1/2 minutes, enabling North Mason to close the deficit to 7-6 after one period.
They limited the Bulldogs to a single basket in the second quarter, however. Creviston and Parker sandwiched three-balls around two buckets apiece by Olivia Rose and Kayla Hilliard to increase the margin to 13 (21-8) with 2:28 remaining in the first half.
The Grizzlies led by as many as 32 early in the fourth quarter.
Senior center Mikaila Johnson had six rebounds and three blocked shots for the Grizzlies. Rose grabbed five rebounds.
Hilliard, a senior making her first basketball appearance since eighth grade, was credited by Maxfield with providing a lift off the bench in the second quarter.
Mikeala Shumaker, with five points, was the lone Bulldog with more than four.
The Grizzlies’ originally slated home game with Aberdeen this week has been rescheduled for next month. They’ll next travel to South Bend on Saturday.
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North Mason (22) — Gibson 4, Beattie 4, Sandquist 2, Nelson 3, Shumaker 5, Garrett 2, Clifford 2. FG — 10-51 (.196). FT — 2-11.
Hoquiam (51) — Quercia 7, Parker 8, Rose 4, Creviston 13, Johnson 4, Stewart 9, Gwinn, Sansaver 2, Doyle, Hilliard 4, Gregg. FG — 19-65 (.292). FT — 7-14.
JV — Hoquiam 33, North Mason 13.