RAYMOND —They won’t receive any hardware to adorn their trophy cases, but Montesano’s girls and Morton/White Pass’ boys claimed the unofficial championships of the Raymond Coed New Year’s Classic.
The Bulldog girls and MWP boys emerged as the lone unbeatens in the two-day tournament by winning Saturday afternoon contests.
Monte’s girls topped Morton/White Pass, 46-36, in the opening game of the tourney quadrupleheader. The powerful MWP boys followed with a 70-20 rout of Montesano.
Hoquiam swept host Raymond in the evening games. The Grizzly girls prevailed 38-25, while the HHS boys rolled past the short-handed Gulls, 62-38.
Monte’s girls (6-0) and Morton/White Pass boys posted the only 2-0 records in the tournament.
Since the event featured pre-determined pairings, however, no official titles were awarded.
Bulldogs 46, T’Wolves 36
Montesano came into this contest against Morton/White Pass with the expectation of a challenge and received one on Saturday.
Tied at 10-10 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs got a big effort from freshman post Jordan Spradlin in the second quarter to establish a 25-15 halftime lead that never changed hands again.
Spradlin led all scorers with 22 points and 21 rebounds for Montesano (6-0), with nine of her points coming in the second quarter. Megan Choate added 14 points.
“We had 17 offensive rebounds in the game and that was certainly the key for us in the second quarter,” Montesano head coach Julie Graves said. “I told the kids, in the second half, we didn’t rebound as well on the offensive boards, whether it was us being tired or what Morton/White Pass did. It was probably a combination of both. When our offense was based on that, we have to continue to do that and not just quit in the second half.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs were able to force the slashing, driving offense of the Timberwolves into a perimeter shooting game. MWP did take advantage of that in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter, hitting 3-point baskets to slice the deficit to one, 33-32, with 6:20 remaining.
In Montesano’s next five possessions, it re-established the lead back to seven points — a jumper and an offensive rebound putback from Myranda Floch and a power inside layup through a double-team from Spradlin — 39-32 with 3:55 left.
MWP would not get closer as Monte used the free-throw line to secure the win and held the T’Wolves to just 2-for-8 shooting down the stretch.
Senior wing Ashley Kelley, who was missing for portions of the second half due to illness, led MWP (6-3) with 10 points.
“This was a good game for us,” Graves said. “I told the kids that they made a run at us in the second half and we responded to take the lead back. We didn’t shut down and panic. We kept working on what worked for us.”
Grizzlies 38, Gulls 25
Brandi Creviston scored all 14 of her points in the first half as Hoquiam downed cold-shooting Raymond.
With Hoquiam’s zone forcing the Seagulls to operate primarily from the perimeter, the hosts underwent a scoring drought of Sahara-like proportions midway through this contest.
The Gulls missed 21 consecutive field-goal attempts at one stage and went scoreless during the entire second quarter.
Creviston, meanwhile, made her second 3-point basket of the contest and point guard Ellie Quercia added a pair of buckets as the Grizzlies (4-4) opened a 26-5 halftime lead.
Hoquiam’s offense then ground to a halt in the second half despite coach Mark Maxfield’s attempts to energize his club with wholesale substitutions.
Outrebounding the Grizzlies, the Gulls might have made things tight in the second half had they been able to connect with any regularity. As it was, they never came closer than 10 points.
“I think they thought the game was over at halftime and they could cruise the second half,” Maxfield said of his troops. “Raymond definitely outworked us the second half. I think we played good defense and we rebounded pretty well at times. When we rebound, that gets our running game going. All that disappeared in the second half.”
Quercia supplemented her six points with nine rebounds and eight steals. Vanessa Doyle and Emily Gwinn had six rebounds apiece, with the latter cited for fine play off the bench.
Junior post Aiysha Garcia led Raymond (4-4) with 11 points.
“In the first half, we didn’t shoot well,” Gull coach Jon Schray understated. “In the second half, we did much better and attacked the ball.”
Grizzlies 62, Gulls 38
Hoquiam established a rapid pace early in Saturday night’s finale. That ordinarily might have been risky strategy against the speedy Gulls, but Raymond’s roster has been ravaged due to a variety of reasons and the short-handed hosts were unable to keep up with the Grizzlies.
Running the floor successfully, the Grizzlies (3-5) shot 61 percent from the field in establishing a 35-17 halftime advantage. They increased the margin during a freewheeling second half.
“I knew they were down a couple of guys,” Hoquiam coach Curtis Eccles said. “I knew we needed to put them under pressure. We wanted to mirror what Morton/White Pass did to us (Friday night). For the most part, we did what we needed to do.”
The Grizzlies demonstrated admirable balance in this one. Freshman Jack Adams was the lone double-figure scorer with 16 points. He also pulled down six rebounds, as did teammates Jerod Steen and Jace Varner.
The unrelated Kellys also played a pivotal role in the triumph. Devin Kelly scored all eight of his points in the first half, while Blake Kelly contributed five steals and five blocked shots.
Steady Raymond senior Darol Ratsavongsy paced all scorers with 17 points.
Already considerably short of full strength (explosive guard Alex Sida, for example, will be sidelined for probably a month with a sprained ankle), the Gulls lost starting guard Landon Maneman to another ankle injury during pre-game warm-ups.
“When you’re already depleted in numbers, it forces other people to play positions they aren’t comfortable with,” Raymond coach Pat Rogers observed.
Rogers credited Ally Phansisay with providing energy off the bench.
T’Wolves 70, Bulldogs 20
Morton/White Pass’ transition offense was on full display against Montesano’s defense and the T’Wolves’ speed was too much for the Bulldogs to handle.
After a competitive first quarter, 19-11 for MWP, the T’Wolves exploded with a 29-4 second quarter for a commanding 48-15 halftime lead. Many of MWP’s conversions in the second and third quarters were in close, all thanks to its speedy transition game and slashing drives to the basket.
With 5:30 left in the third quarter, MWP initiated the 40-point mercy rule running clock at 56-15 and blanked Monte, 16-0, in the third quarter.
“They’re good,” Montesano head coach Doug Galloway said. “The first quarter, I thought we did a decent job. After that, you could tell they were getting into a rhythm and they got out and ran. Those kids are very good in transition. That’s a good learning experience for our kids. We’ve done some good things this year, but this shows just how much better we can become. It is good to play a team like them. They’ll probably going to go play for the state title in the Class 2B ranks.”
MWP’s Zach Walton led all scorers with 16 points and teammate Kaleb Poquette added 15 and Rylon Kolb 12. Montesano’s Kenny Roy scored 11 to lead the Bulldogs.
Both Hoquiam teams resume play next Friday at Rochester. Montesano will host Elma in a critical coed doubleheader the same night. Raymond’s boys (3-4) host South Bend on Friday.
MWP 10 5 13 8 — 36 Monte 10 15 8 13 — 46
Morton/White Pass (36) — Elledge 8, Atkinson 2, Brooks, Kelley 10, Allen 8, Hazen 2, Robbins 2, Eveland 4. FG — 15-47 (.319). FT — 1-2.
Montesano (46) — M. Floch 6, Choate 14, Miller, S. Floch 4, Kloempken, Spradlin 22, Jensen. FG — 15-44 (.341). FT — 13-23.
Hoquiam 13 13 4 8 — 38 Raymond 8 0 7 10 — 25
Hoquiam (38) — Quercia 6, Parker 6, Creviston 14, Stewart 6, Doyle 4, Johnson 1, Gwinn 1, Sansaver, Hilliard, Gregg, Burnett. FG — 14-48 (.292). FT — 7-16.
Raymond (25) — Williams 7, Gilbert 1, Gardner 4, Garcia 11, Newman 2, Collins, Flemetis, Oatfield. FG — 8-54 (.149). FT — 8-20.
MWP 19 29 16 6 — 70 Monte 11 4 0 5 — 20
Morton/White Pass (70) — Poquette 15, Ko. Dunlap, Elledge, Kolb 12, Walton 16, Hanson 6, Ka. Dunlap 6, Laclef 2, Counts 3, Reynolds 6, Eveland 2. FG — 29-51 (.569). FT — 10-18.
Montesano (20) — Truax, Usher 2, Chastain 2, Roy 11, Nelson, Herzog, Hopsecger 2, Chapman 3, Bialkowsky. FG — 6-38 (.158). FT — 7-12.
Hoquiam 13 22 15 12 — 62 Raymond 9 8 7 14 — 38
Hoquiam (62) — B. Kelly 4, Newton 8, D. Kelly 8, Steen 5, Adams 16, Brydon 8, Oliver 3, White 4, Varner 2, Kyle Standstipher, Kolby Standstipher 4, Anderson. FG — 25-60 (.417). FT — 7-9.
Raymond (38) — Freeman 4, Newman 1, Koski 4, Ratsavongsy 17, Lund 2, Phansisay 7, Stepp 2, Olson 1, L. Hamilton. FG — 14-51 (.275). FT — 6-18.