CHEHALIS — Montesano’s and Hoquiam’s used vastly different methods to notch landmark victories in a District IV Class 1A basketball doubleheader Saturday night at Chehalis.
Never trailing after the opening minutes, Montesano stayed undefeated and secured a spot in the district title game with a convincing 42-29 win over Kalama in the nightcap.
Never leading until less than a minute remained in regulation, Hoquiam kept its season alive with an unlikely 67-60 double overtime win over LaCenter in the opening game.
The Bulldogs (22-0) clinched their second consecutive berth in the regional championship game and second straight regional berth. They will face similarly unbeaten Woodland in the district title game at 8 p.m. Friday at Chehalis.
Hoquiam looks to stay alive in loser-out play on Wednesday, facing off with Kalama at Kelso High School.
Montesano 42, Kalama 29
Unable to fully get on track offensively, Montesano used its defense to give itself plenty of breathing room.
Leading 19-13 at halftime, the Bulldogs clamped down defensively in third quarter, holding Kalama scoreless for the first seven minutes of the quarter.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs rattled off nine straight points to open a 15-point lead. Megan Choate scored four of her 13 points in the frame.
“At halftime, I told the girls we didn’t have enough points,” Monte coach Julie Graves said. “We needed to own the third quarter. We hit some shots, relaxed and started to feel more comfortable.”
The Chinooks scored six of the first eight fourth quarter points to narrow the deficit back to six with five minutes left.
However, the Bulldogs promptly responded with a Jordan Spradlin basket from in-close, a Choate steal and layin, a runner from Myranda Floch and a Spradlin free throw to open a 37-24 lead that essentially sealed the game for the Bulldogs.
“It takes the pressure off us to know that we’re in that regional round right now.” Graves said.
Spradlin added 12 points for the Bulldogs and was her customary force on the boards with 12. Cortney Miller added eight points for winners. Myranda Floch handed out four assists.
The Chinooks, which like the Bulldogs did not play a senior in the contest, were led by 10 points from freshman Parker Esary. Fellow freshman post Kaelyn Shipley was held to four points, about 12 below her season average.
Field goals were even at 12 apiece, but the Bulldogs made 15 of 27 free throws.
Hoquiam 67, LaCenter 60
Rarely has a season been saved under such dire circumstances.
After trailing by 19 with a minute left in the 3rd quarter, Hoquiam unleashed a furious fourth-quarter rally to force overtime, and then overcame blowing an eight-point lead in the first overtime before finally toppling the Wildcats.
Unable to stop the penetration of Katie Whitten, and the 3-point shooting of Andrea Griffee, the Grizzlies found themselves in a 40-23 hole after three quarters.
The Grizzlies ran off the first eight points of the fourth, before a Whitten 3-pointer pushed the Wildcats lead back to 10 with 4:08 left in the frame. However, Hoquiam’s own scoring ace Brandi Creviston went on her own 14-3 run to put the Grizzlies ahead with 27.4 seconds left. Creviston nailed a three from the left corner, hit an off-balance runner in the lane, canned another trey ball off an inbound play, sank a pair of three throws and finally hit a four-point play to put the Grizzlies ahead, 47-46 with 27.4 left in regulation.
A pair of free throws by Olivia Rose pushed the Grizzlies lead to 50-47 with 10 seconds left in regulation. After the second free throw, LaCenter got a clean inbound pass to Whitten, who banked in a game-tying 3-pointer from the left wing with 2.5 seconds left in regulation.
Hoquiam looked on the verge of knocking the Wildcats out early in the first overtime. Scoring 9 of the first 11 points the Griz led 58-50 with 1:59 left.
LaCenter wasn’t done. Whitten hit the first end of a one-and-one at the line, Katie Hebdon put back the missed second end, and Griffee sank a 14-footer off a Hoquiam turnover to trim the deficit to 58-54.
A Rose free throw put Hoquiam up five but Whitten answered with a conventional three-point play to make it 59-57 with 38.5 seconds left.
Rose put in one of two free throws to give the Grizzlies a 60-57 lead with 12 seconds left but LaCenter had another late answer, this time a 3-pointer from Kayla Aguirre that splashed through with 0.7 seconds left in overtime.
The Grizzlies finally ended matters by blanking La Center in second overtime. Kylie Stewart scored five of Hoquiam’s seven overtime points, included three-pointer to open the extra session.
“I’m so proud of these girls. We never gave up. Not just from being down by 19, but twice having the game go on after they hit those 3-pointers. After the second one, we didn’t let ourselves get down and just kept going,” said Hoquiam coach Mark Maxfield.
Creviston scored 17 of her game high 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtimes. Kylie Stewart came off the bench to score 15 points and grab a team-high 13 rebounds. Mikaila Johnson hauled in 11 boards, and the Grizzlies received a nice floor game from Rose, who had nine points – all off free throws — and nine boards.
“Kylie really gave us something tonight, and Mikaila was a monster on the boards for us, we needed everything we got from everyone tonight,” Maxfield said.
Whitten led La Center with 20 points, dished out eight assists and swiped seven steals. Griffee canned five 3-pointers as part of her 19 points.
Shooting the double bonus for both overtimes, the Grizzlies took advantage, canning 25 free throws, while the Wildcats were a dismal 4-of-16 from the charity stripe, including making just 2 of 11 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Kalama 5 8 5 11 - 29
Montesano 7 12 9 14 - 42
Kalama (29) – Esary 10, Bannister 3, Shipley 4, Rowland 2, LaRoy 7, Clark 3. FG – 12 – 50 (.240). FT – 2 – 9.
Montesano (42) – Kloempken 2, Spradlin 12, Miller 8, M. Floch 4 ,Choate 13, S. Floch 3. FG – 12 – 55 (.218). FT – 15 – 27.
LaCenter 12 11 17 9 11 0 - 60
Hoquiam 6 5 12 26 11 7 - 67
La Center (60) – Denney 6, Griffee 19, Hebdon 2, R. Moudy 6, Whitten 20, Aguirre 5, A. Moudy. FG – 23 – 67 (.343). FT – 4– 16.
Hoquiam (67) – Quercia 8, Rose 9, Creviston 24, Johnson 5, Parker 6, Stewart 15, Doyle. FG – 16 – 72 (.222). FT – 25-42.