Vikings 52, Gulls 27
MENLO — A blistering first half by Willapa Valley seized control of this Pacific League finalè on Thursday night against rival Raymond and clinched the league championship at the same time.
A 35-16 halftime lead, started by a 22-5 first-quarter surge, put the Vikings (11-1, 17-3) on course for the championship, Valley’s first since 2005.
“Our focus since last week has been to be mentally ready to play and we were tonight,” Willapa Valley head coach Matt Bannish said. “It was Senior Night. We came out in the first quarter and hit 10-for-13 from the field. We were good in the second quarter as well. We were ready. Even in the second half, we came out and played as well as we could.”
“We couldn’t do anything right; on the other side, they did everything right,” Raymond head coach Jon Schray said. “They played a great game and it got our girls down.”
Lauren Friese led all scorers with 20 points for Valley and Karli Friese added 14 points and seven assists. Hailee Williams led Raymond with 11 points and four steals and Cydney Flemetis pulled in six rebounds.
Both teams will have the next week off until Feb. 15 when they’ll enter the District IV 2B tournament play.
Ray 5 11 6 5 — 27
WillVall 22 13 7 10 — 52
Raymond (27) — H. Williams 11, Gilbert, M. Collins 2, Dunsmore 3, Heckard 4, Newman, Flemetis, Oatfield 5, A. Williams, K. Collins 2. FG — 11-47 (.234). FT — 0-2.
Willapa Valley (52) — L. Friese 20, Smaciarz 7, Wilkeson, K. Friese 14, Sanaski 2, Fluke 3, Harden 4, Trotter 2, Narajo. FG — 23-46 (.500). FT — 4-7.
JV — Willapa Valley won in 2 quarters.
Hyaks 58, Wildcats 52
WESTPORT — Quay Sotomish scored 19 points as cold-shooting North Beach clinched a district berth by holding off Ocosta in a Pacific League finale Thursday at Westport.
The Hyaks made only 15 of 96 field-goal attempts, but canned 21 of 35 free throws in a foul-filled affair. Marya Pope added 11 points and Reilly Moore 10 for the Hyaks (5-7, 7-13), who advanced to district beginning Wednesday.
North Beach led by as many as 20 points in the second half, but Ocosta (0-12, 2-17) rallied by using a full-court man-to-man press to force several turnovers in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats, however, never drew closer than the final margin.
Ocosta’s Mikayla Sunde led all scorers with 21 points. This was the season finale for the Wildcats.
Seniors Sunde, Alyssa Phillips, Courtney Rutzer, Rebekah Saul and Kate Christensen were cited by Ocosta coach Jason Barnum for their contributions.
“The girls played amazingly hard for me this year,” Barnum said. “We played our best game in the last game of the season and I was very proud of them.”
North Beach 22 8 18 10 — 58
Ocosta 6 12 14 20 — 52
North Beach (58) — Sotomish 19, C. Pope 3, M. Pope 11, Takagi 5, Roble 3, Garman 1, Moore 10, Avery 6, Pilsbury. FG — 15-96 (.156). FT — 21-35.
Ocosta (52) — Anderson 6, Phillips 8, Sunde 21, Saul 4, Allton 3, Christensen 10, Rutzer. FG — 16-63 (.254). FT — 20-34.
JV — North Beach won.
Comets 58, Indians 53 (OT)
NASELLE — South Bend needed a win in its final regular-season game for a chance at a playoff to get into the postseason, but fell in overtime to Naselle in Pacific League play on Thursday night.
The Indians led throughout regulation before the Comets surged to force overtime. In the extra period, the hosts took advantage of their chances at the free-throw line to secure the win.
South Bend’s season comes to an end at 4-8, 6-14.
“The free throws got us down the stetch,” South Bend coach Gary Wilson said. “It was back and forth in overtime, but we ran out of gas. They outplayed us in that stretch. It was a great effort. They beat us by 16 at (South Bend). We were just a couple of breaks away from putting it away.”
Naselle had 24 fewer shots from the field than South Bend, but dominated at the free-throw line — 16-of-33 to the Indians’ 1-for-5.
Sierra Cearns led the Tribe with 15 points, Rielly Myers added 10 points and 11 rebounds, Kessa Wilson scored 14 points in the paint and nine rebounds and Katlyn Sawyer added eight rebounds and five assists.
Naselle’s Katie Green led all scorers with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Coach Wilson cited his seniors — Kessa Wilson, Katlyn Sawyer, Sierra Cearns and Baylee Trent — for their contributions to the program.
S.Bend 13 10 13 10 7 — 53
Naselle 5 9 19 13 12 — 58
South Bend (53) — Cearns 15, Sanchez 3, Trent, Kousanhsavath 2, Lorton, Sawyer 7, Razo 2, Myers 10, Wilson 14. FG — 23-56 (.411). FT — 1-5.
Naselle (58) — Chapman 14, Nelson 13, Green 23, Leiland 2, Eaton, Pine 4, Jacot, Bjornsgard 2. FG — 20-32 (.625).FT — 16-33.
Acorns 56, Chitwhins 50
OAKVILLE — Ray Lopez scored 20 points as Oakville avenged a previous loss by beating Taholah in a non-league game Thursday at Oakville.
Down by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, Taholah (7-7) rallied to within one in the late going. Lopez, however, hit a critical 3-pointer as the shot clock was about to expire to essentially seal the victory for the Acorns (12-7).
Geo Jack had 11 points and seven rebounds and T.J. Trott pulled down 12 rebounds for the Acorns.
Oakville coach Cliff Harris attributed the victory to improved defense.
“We’ve been trying to play a man all year and we realized there are some times we can’t play a man, there are some teams we don’t match up against,” Harris said. “We put a zone in and that slowed them down a little. Coach (Greg) Stewart does an excellent job with (Taholah).”
Three players accounted for all of Taholah’s scoring. Jimmy Smith-Kramer scored a team-high 19 points, while Keanu Curleybear added 16 and Wade Purdy 15 for the Chitwhins.
“We need a fourth person to give us six or eight points,” Taholah assistant coach Eric Capoeman said. “It would be nice if we had five or six guys scoring for us.”
A five-point swing in the fourth quarter, in which Oakville converted free throws from a personal-technical foul combination, also proved critical.
Both teams will await the result of a seeding meeting to determine pairings for the district 1B tournament beginning next week.
Taholah 14 11 14 11 — 50
Oakville 15 14 13 14 — 56
Taholah (50) — Anderson, Smith-Kramer 19, Jackson, Purdy 15, Stewart, Jones, Needham, Curleybear 16. FG —20-44 (.454). FT — 4-9.
Oakville (56) — M. Youckton 4, Lorton 6, Tinney, Trott 7, A. Youckton, Ortivez 8, Lopez 20, Bird, Jack 11, Bray, Atkins, S. Youckton 3, Davis. FG — 20-42 (.476). FT — 10-15.
Capital tri-meet, subdistricts
OLYMPIA — Combining the final regular-season dual meets with the District IV North Subdistrict meet at one site, Aberdeen, Capital and River Ridge ended the regular season and kicked off the postseason at the same time on Thursday.
The Bobcats qualified seven more swimmers to next weekend’s District IV 2A championship meet at Mark Morris High School through the subdistrict portion of the meet.
In the tri-meet, Capital knocked off both Aberdeen and River Ridge, while the Bobcats finished the season with a sweep of the Hawks, 91-70. AHS lost to the Cougars, 118.5-51.5.
“Overall, the team really pulled together today, both as a group and in support of other swimmers; I was quite pleased to see that,” AHS head coach Rebecca Rowe said. “We have a lot of guys going to districts now that have never swum more than on vacation. I know they didn’t expect to get this far, but nonetheless, I’m very proud of them.”
Junior Roma Langley qualified for his second district event by winning the subdistrict 200 freestyle race (scored separately from the double dual results). Sophomore John Jugum and junior Mike Lang went 1-2 in the subdistrict 200 individual medley to add to their district resume.
Freshman Jeran Paris won the subdistrict 100 back race, but also met district qualifying time. That allowed teammate Kyle Stoken to qualify for districts.
First-year swimmer Sam Scroggs qualified for district in two events — the 50 free and 100 breast — through the subdistrict heats. Another first-year swimmer, Sam Wagner, swam the 100 fly for the first time and qualified for the district meet in the event.
Antoine Johnson, who along with Stoken, is a Hoquiam swimmer who competes for Aberdeen in the regular season. Johnson won the subdistrict 100 fly to advance. Both Johnson and Stoken will swim for Hoquiam in the district meet.
Rowe cited Omar Martinez and Ryan McElliott for their work in the tri-meet and Scroggs, Wagner and Paris for their subdistrict swims, noting Paris fought off an injury to swim on Thursday and Wagner’s bravery to swim the 100 fly.
200 medley relay — 1:57.53 — Capital (Young, Martinez, Setina, Knutzen), Aberdeen, River Ridge. 200 free — 1:57.41 — Mattson (C), Jones (C), Grigsby (A), Johnson (RR), McElliott (A). 200 IM — 2:16.24 — Yeager (C), Sundberg (RR), Lewis (A), tie between Rose (A) and Young (C). 50 free — 23.51 — Reece (C), Field (RR), Young (A), Dixon (RR), Cruz (C). 100 fly — 56.71 — Reece (C), Yeager (C), Rose (A), Setina (C), Johnson (RR). 100 free — 53.15 — Field (RR), Young (A), Brooks (C), Knutzen (C), Cruz (C).
500 free — 5:37.07 — Mattson (C), Young (C), Francom (RR), Anderson (C), Grigsby (A). 200 free relay — 1:40.56 — Capital (Reece, Brooks, Yeager, Mattson), Capital, Aberdeen. 100 back — 1:08.22 — B. Young (C), Sundberg (RR), Lewis (A), A. Young (C), Martinez (C). 100 breast — 1:13.31 — Dixon (RR), Francom (RR), Jones (C), Johnson (A), Martinez (C). 400 free relay — 3:42.28 — Capital (Yeager, Brooks, Reece, Mattson), River Ridge, Capital.