Girls at Montesano: 1 p.m. — Raymond vs. Northwest Christian. 2:30 p.m. — Napavine vs. Naselle. 4 p.m. — Adna vs. Winlock. 5:30 p.m. — North Beach vs. Pe Ell.
Boys at Rochester: 2 p.m. — North Beach vs. Northwest Christian. 3:30 p.m. — Ocosta vs. Adna. 5 p.m. — Napavine vs. Toutle Lake. 6:30 p.m. — Raymond vs. Wahkiakum.
MONTESANO — Triumphs in a traditional district rivalry and a family affair propelled Willapa Valley’s boys and girls basketball teams into the district semifinals.
Matt Konigsberger and Stephen Camenzind combined for 37 points as Valley’s boys outlasted perennial postseason foe Toutle Lake in overtime, 55-51, in a District IV Class 2B basketball quarterfinal Saturday afternoon at Montesano’s Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.
Karli Friese tallied nine of her 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Viking girls pulled away from Adna, 44-30, later in the program. That gave Valley coach Matt Bannish a victory over his nephew, Adna coach Chris Bannish.
Slow starts doomed Twin Harbor teams in the second half of the quarterfinal quadrupleheader.
Onalaska’s boys bolted to an 18-point lead midway through the first half and withstood a second half North Beach challenge to prevail, 56-39. Wahkiakum’s girls scored the game’s first 17 points en route to a 51-29 rout of Raymond.
Willapa Valley’s boys (19-3) will face Mossyrock in a district semifinal scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Centralia.
The Viking girls (18-3) oppose Morton/White Pass in a semifinal slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at Centralia. Semifinal winners will clinch a regional berth.
North Beach’s boys and Raymond’s girls face loser-out games Monday, each against Northwest Christian. The girls game will be at Montesano and the boys contest at Rochester.
Vikings 55, Ducks 51 (OT)
With 1:08 left in the fourth quarter, Camenzind connected on two free throws to tie the game at 41. The all-league senior post finished the game with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Each team missed a field goal and committed a turnover in the final minute of the game, and regulation ended with the score still 41-41.
Valley’s offense exploded in overtime, putting up 14 in the four- minute extra period.
Camenzind got things going with another pair of free throws to put Valley up 43-41. An old fashioned 3-point play by Matt Konigsberger followed by a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Cody Buchanan put Valley up 49-41 with a little over two minutes left to play. Kyler Oblad also sank a three-ball for the Vikings in overtime.
A 7-1 run by Toutle Lake late in overtime cut Valley’s lead to 53-51 with 20 second left. The Ducks’ scoring during that stretch consisted of a trey by Seth Ehrhorn sandwiched by a pair of two-point buckets by Travis Butler.
However, two free throws by Buchanan with seven seconds left gave the Vikings a 55-51 lead and essentially iced the game.
“We’re seniors now, so thankfully we’ve learned to be patient,” Valley head coach John Peterson said. “What we talked about before the overtime period was playing a good four minutes. All we had to do was be calm and grind. We don’t quit. We don’t ever quit. I’m so proud of the kids and so excited for them.”
Konigsberger led the Vikings with 20 points. The all-league senior guard also pulled down eight boards, dished out three assists and blocked three shots.
Butler tied Konigsberger for the game-high with 20 points for Toutle Lake.
Loggers 56, Hyaks 39
North Beach (19-3) would have voted for a do-over on the opening 12 minutes. With the Hyaks focusing on containing Onalaska ace Travis McMillon, teammate Jonathon Smalley tallied his team’s opening 12 points to lead the hot-shooting Loggers to a 27-9 bulge midway through the second quarter.
After changing defenses a couple of times, the Hyaks finally found one that worked — a swarming, full-court press. Forcing numerous turnovers (the Loggers were credited with 22 — 14 in the second half), North Beach scored the final seven points of the first half and actually reduced the deficit to four, 34-30, when Pedro Gonzales twice shook free for layins following Onalaska turnovers late in the third quarter.
But while they continued to come up with steals, the Hyaks were unable to convert many of them in the final period. They connected on only 4 of 16 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter.
Smalley’s final three-ball of the day opened the fourth-quarter scoring and extended Onalaska’s lead to 12, at 42-30. McMillion, a 6-footer who operates well around the basket, added a conventional three-point play moments later to pad the margin.
“Once we got our pressure going, we did do pretty well,” North Beach coach Larry Moore reflected. “We couldn’t defend the short corner in the fourth quarter and we did not rebound well in the first half. They killed us on the offensive boards.
“That said, I was proud of the way we competed for the final three quarters,” he added. “Ony plays great defense and they’re disciplined. Hats off to Ony.”
Corey Thornton, with 15 points, was North Beach’s lone double-figure scorer. Pacific League MVP Gabe Hernandez was held to five points, but dished out several assists.
Moore cited starter Mike Beck and reserve Josh Takagi for their contributions.
Smalley led all scorers with 21 points. McMillion scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half.
Vikings 44, Pirates 30
To describe this as a bruising defensive battle would be to understate the case. Willapa Valley and Adna combined to miss their first 16 field-goal attempts of the second half.
While the Vikings led narrowly from the midway point of the first quarter, the outcome seemed to revolve on which team could find the range first. Friese provided the answer in the fourth period.
With her team clinging to a 32-28 lead, the Viking junior guard connected from the left elbow and followed with a trey on Valley’s next possession to widen the margin to nine. Teammate Alicia Smaciarz then hit from the baseline to make 39-28 with 3:53 on the clock.
“Karli was frustrated in the first half, but I thought she did a whale of a job calming down at halftime,” Matt Bannish said. “That’s a credit to her maturity as a basketball player.”
With the Vikings switching from the 2-3 zone they had utilized in splitting two regular-season meetings with Adna to a 3-2 zone Saturday, the Pirates were unable to make anything go. They shot only 17 percent from the field.
Lauren Friese, Karli’s cousin, finished with nine points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots. Her spectacular block of a 3-point attempt in the final seconds of the third quarter was converted into a basket by Valley’s Brooke Harden at the other end.
Smaciarz also had nine points for Valley. Karli Friese had seven rebounds and Brooke Harden seven boards for Valley.
Shanay Dotson and Grace Elliott shared Adna scoring honors with nine points each.
Mules 51, Gulls 29
Short-handed due to a variety of reasons, Raymond (14-7) started three freshmen and a sophomore against Wahkiakum. The inexperience showed in the early stages.
Versatile Baylee Olsen scored seven points in the initial 17-0 run that forced Raymond coach Jon Schray to call three timeouts in the first 4 1/2 minutes.
“That’s what I’ve got now,” Schray said of his team’s youth. “We have a completely different team than we started the season with. This is really like the third game of season, with the group we’ve got.”
Freshman Cydney Flemetis ended the Raymond drought with a 3-point basket at the 3:01 mark of the first quarter. While the Gulls, to their credit, continued to hustle and actually fared decently against the taller Mules on the boards, they never mounted any type of serious challenge.
Olsen topped all scorers with 17 points. Wahkiakum post Kaylee Bryant added 12 points.
Hailee Williams, Raymond’s lone senior starter, scored a team-high nine points. Flemetis and Mikayla Collins collected five rebounds each, while reserve Jaislin Heckard handed out three assists.
Toutle Lake 9 9 15 8 10 — 51
Willapa Valley 14 10 8 9 14 — 55
Toutle Lake (51) – Ehrhorn 11, Farley 1, Risner 3, Phillipps 2, Corbet 12, Bradford, Butler 20, Booth 2. FG – 20-54 (.370). FT – 6-10.
Willapa Valley (55) – Sagen, Buchanan 9, Konigsberger 20, Oblad 9, Pearson, Camenzind 17. FG – 19-45 (.422). FT – 11-20.
Onalaska 16 11 12 17 — 56
North Beach 5 11 14 9 — 39
Onalaska (56) — Neilson 1, Smalley 21, Taylor 9, McMillion 15, Hall 2, Wrzesinski 2, Modica 6, Masciola, Whitney, Wilson, Clark. FG — 22-45 (.489). FT — 8-16.
North Beach (39) — Beck 2, Thornton 15, Gonzales 4, Justin Chong 9, Hernandez 5, Jordan Chong, Takagi, Ketter 2, Edlin, Fry, Perez 2, Bridge. FG — 17-50 (.340). FT — 2-4.
Adna 6 15 3 6 — 30
Willapa Valley 12 10 8 14 — 44
Adna (30) — Gilberson 4, Gaffney 6, Dotson 9, Rolfe 2, Elliott 9, Bond, Diaz-De Leon. FG — 8-46 (.174). FT — 11-21.
Willapa Valley (44) — L. Friese 9, Smaciarz 9, K. Friese 15, Fluke 4, Harden 7, Wilkeson, Sanaski, Trotter. FG — 15-47 (.319). FT — 11-19.
Wahkiakum 19 9 16 7 — 51
Raymond 4 8 10 7 — 29
Wahkiakum (51) — Souvenir 2, Olsen 17, Stanley 2, Boyce 10, Bryant 12, Wegdahl 2, Hansen, Burdick, Peacock 2, Longtain, Elliott 4, Thomas. FG — 22-66 (.333). FT — 4-7.
Raymond (29) — H. Williams 9, M. Collins 4, Newman 2, Flemetis 7, Oatfield 7, Gilbert, Dunsmoor, Heckard, A. Williams, K. Collins. FG — 11-59 (.186). FT — 4-9.