Prep Roundup: Taholah clinches regional berth by beating rival Lake Quinault, 49-47


Chitwhins 49, Elks 47

CASTLE ROCK — Taholah withstood a fourth-quarter rally by Lake Quinault in the semifinals of the District IV Class 1B Tournament on Monday at Castle Rock.

Clinching a regional berth, Taholah (12-1) will face Mary M. Knight for the district championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Montesano.

Lake Quinault finished the season with a 9-9 record. The Elks scored the game’s final three points in the closing seconds but fell barely short.

Nicole Hidalgo led the Chitwhins with a double-double— 16 points and 12 rebounds. Rachel Cheney also had a double-double—-13 points and 12 rebounds. Marquel Waugh pulled down nine rebounds and dished up three assists. Trish Charley swiped four steals.

“We came out with our adrenaline rushing,” said Taholah head coach Frieda Waugh. “We needed to calm down and execute and did better in the second half. It was a good game and it came down to whoever wanted it more. Our girls stepped up to dominate the floor on the inside.”

Romey Begay was the leading scorer for the Elks with 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals, four blocks and two assists. Alex Blackburn grabbed five rebounds to go with her 10 points. Mikayla Blackburn pulled down five rebounds to go with her eight points.

Hannah Allen scored eight points, swiped four steals and dished up two assists.

“We started out with man-to-man defense on Karlena (Walther), but she still scored eight points,” said Quinault assistant coach Jon Neeland. “They (the Chitwhins) shot well in the third quarter and our shots weren’t falling in. We were coming back in the fourth quarter.”

Neeland praised Johanna Esparza for doing a good job defensively in relief on Walther. He also thanked seniors Donna Gerard, Mikayla Blackburn, Allen and Esparza for a fine season.

Taholah 10 15 14 10 — 49 L. Quinault 13 11 7 16 — 47

Taholah (49) — James 8, Walther 8, Waugh, Charley 4, Logan, Cheney 13, Hidalgo 16. FG — 21-55 (.382). FT — 5-15.

Lake Quinault (47) — Begay 16, F. Thomas 5, A. Blackburn 10, Esparza, Gerard, M. Blackburn 8, Allen 8, B. Thomas. FG — 15-57 (.263). FT — 12-20.

Owls 54, Kodiaks 13

CASTLE ROCK — Jaycee Valley led Mary M. Knight with 17 points as the Owls thumped Columbia Adventist in the semifinals of the District IV Class 1B Tournament on Monday at Castle Rock.

The Owls (15-4) will face Taholah for the district title on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Montesano.

Valley also grabbed eight rebounds, swiped four steals and dished up four assists. Lauren Dierkop had a double-double—with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Miranda Sowle pulled down nine rebounds, swiped four steals, dished up seven assists and added five blocks to go with her seven points. Ashley Kiliz had a career-high nine points, seven rebounds and dished up three assists in her role as wing and guard.

Knight coach Lance Valley praised Aimee Bearden for coming in off the bench for her hustle and defensive intensity.

M.M. Knight 15 12 14 13 — 54 Col. Adventist 2 7 3 1 — 13

Mary M. Knight (54) — Valley 17, Haury, Bearden, Sowle 7, K. Kiliz, A. Kiliz 9, Snyder 4, Adsero 6, Dierkop 11. FG — 22-70 (.314). FT — 5-12.

Columbia Adventist (13) — Allen, M. Ashton, Shear, Perry 4, A. Ashton 5, Maclachlan 1, Salsbury 1, Wright 2. FG — 5-53 (.094). FT — 3-9.


Hyaks 53, Navigators 33

ROCHESTER — Four players scored 10 points apiece as superbly balanced North Beach stayed alive in the District IV Class 2B Tournament by trouncing Northwest Christian on Monday at Rochester.

Mike Beck, Corey Thornton, Justin Chong and Gabe Hernandez each tallied 10 points for the Hyaks (20-3), who will face Adna in another loser-out contest scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rochester.

Outstanding defense helped the Hyaks to a 33-13 halftime bulge. Navigator ace Austin Koukal (the son of former Hoquiam High standout Marshall Koukal) was limited to 10 points for the contest.

“He was the focus of our defense because he’s a heck of a shooter,” Hyak coach Larry Moore said. “I thought we played a pretty solid first half. I thought our press hurt them in the first half.”

Northwest Christian shot only 18 percent from the field.

Hernandez also contributed 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Beck also had a fine all-around game with five assists and five steals, while Thornton pulled down eight rebounds. Carson Ketter was cited for his play off the bench.

N.W. Chr 4 9 13 7 — 33 N. Beach 16 17 8 12 — 53

Northwest Christian (33) — Fox 2, Dominguez, A. Koukal 10, Griffin, I. Koukal 5, Kosiervowski 1, Stottlemyre 2, Kier 5, Thomas, Boogerd 8, Woolridge. FG — 10-55 (.182). FT — 11-20.

North Beach (53) — Beck 10, Thornton 10, Jordan Chong, Gonzales 2, Justin Chong 10, Takagi, Ketter 7, Edlin 1, Hernandez 10, Fry, Perez 3, Bridge. FG — 20-47 (.426). FT — 9-21.

Gulls 41, Mules 38

ROCHESTER — Fueled by strong defense, Raymond remained alive in the District IV Class 2B Tournament by upending Wahkiakum on Monday at Rochester.

Details were unavailable at press time. The Seagulls (10-11) will face Napavine in another loser-out contest scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rochester.

Pirates 53, Wildcats 48

ROCHESTER — Adna’s Trevor Moon made a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining as the Pirates eliminated Ocosta from the District 2B Tournament Monday at Rochester.

Adna will play North Beach in another losers bracket game at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Rochester.

Despite being ahead for most of the game, Ocosta wound up ending its season with a 10-12 record.

Jerett Latimer was the leading scorer for the Pirates with 15 points.

Alex Herrera led the Wildcats with 12 points, closely followed by Caleb Tackett with 11 points and five assists.

“We were ahead for most of the game, but it was back and forth in the fourth quarter,” said Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby. “I am proud of our guys for bouncing back from a tough loss on Thursday night to Wahkiakum. Our guys played with a lot of heart tonight.”

Quinby praised seniors Herrera and James Benn for fine play throughout the year.

Adna 9 14 12 18 — 53 Ocosta 15 14 9 10 — 48

Adna (53) — Olson 4, Richardson 12, Trotter 12, Reardon 2, Wagner, Moon 8, Rodas, Kaech, Latimer 15, Newman. FG — 20-52 (.385). FT — 11-14.

Ocosta (48) — Short 2, Tackett 11, Sobrera 7, Herrera 12, Bambauer 2, Juarez 7, Benn 7. FG — 20-42 (.476). FT — 3-7.

Acorns 50, Loggers 47

CASTLE ROCK — Oakville jumped out to a 26-15 halftime lead and held off a Wishkah comeback in the semifinals of the District IV Class 1B Tournament on Saturday at Castle Rock.

The Acorns (14-8) clinch a regional berth and will face Three Rivers Christian for the district championship at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Montesano. The Loggers (16-5) will face off with Taholah for the third and final regional berth at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Montesano.

“It was a good ole’ fashioned barn-burner,” Oakville head coach Cliff Harris said. “I can’t say enough of the quality of Wishkah’s basketball players. It is a pleasure to play against them. Matt Ferrier is an excellent coach. These teams are so close. If we played this game 10 times, we’d win five and they’d win five. With our first five and their first five, I think we just wanted it a bit more.”

Gary Ortivez led the Acorns with 16 points. Shawn Youckton added 11 points, closely followed by Ray Lopez with 10 points.

Brady Anderson led the Loggers with 14 points. Keigan Gardiner added 12 points and dished up four assists. Chris Thein grabbed seven rebounds to go with his seven points. Trey Berge also pulled down seven rebounds.

“We came out timid in the first half,” said Wishkah head coach Matt Ferrier. “We hadn’t played in 12 days and their pressure caught us off guard. Unfortunately, we dug ourselves into a hole.”

Ferrier praised Thein for fine play off the bench and Gardiner for playing one of his finest games.

Wishkah 8 7 16 16 — 47 Oakville 14 12 13 11 — 50

Wishkah (47) — Gardiner 12, B. Anderson 14, Rodriguez 1, Thein 7, J. Anderson 5, Berge 2, Baltzell 6. FG — 15-57 (.263). FT — 15-24.

Oakville (50) — M. Youckton 8, Lorton, Trott 2, Ortivez 16, Lopez 10, Berg, Jack 3, S. Youckton 11. FG — 17-36. FT — 6-13.

Eagles 65, Chitwhins 50

CASTLE ROCK — Shutting down Taholah’s offense for three quarters, Three Rivers Christian advanced to the championship game of the District 1B tournament by beating the Chitwhins in a semifinal Monday at Castle Rock.

Three Rivers will face Oakville for the district championship at 6 p.m. Saturday at Montesano. Taholah (8-8) takes on Wishkah in a winner-to-regionals, loser-out contest for third place at 2 p.m., also at Montesano.

Jimmy Smith-Kramer topped Taholah with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight steals. Chitwhin scoring ace Keanu Curleybear, held in check until the fourth quarter, was limited to 11 points.

“They switched up their defense quite a bit and they shadowed Keanu pretty good,” Taholah assistant coach Eric Capoeman said. “They didn’t let him shoot very much. They knew who our scorer was and they shut him down.”

Curleybear did have six rebounds and three steals. Taholah’s Brett Orozco was cited for fine reserve play.

Taholah 9 7 8 26 — 50 Three Rivers 11 16 21 17 — 65

Taholah (50) — Orozco 7, Smith-Kramer 17, Jackson 1, Purdy 5, Stewart 9, Jones, Curleybear 11. FG — na. FT — na.

Three Rivers (65) — Martinez 15, Vandewert, Lidiche, Powell 22, Mann 2, Austin 2, Caras 4, Moore 9, D. Hull 11, M. Hull. FG — n/a. FT — n/a.


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