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Tuesday’s 2A/1A Girls Basketball: Black Hills, Again, Too Much for W.F. West

W.F. West’s Lexie Strasser tries to get up a shot while guarded by Black Hills’ Maisy Williams (2) and another Wolves’ defender during an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game on Tuesday in Chehalis.

FINALE: Bearcats Finish Second in EvCo, Host Woodland on Friday in District Opener

By Aaron VanTuyl

avantuyl@chronline.com

The attitude for the Bearcats wasn’t quite as dire this time around.

Yes, they took a loss on Tuesday night. They’re also still hosting a first-round District 4 tournament game on Friday, and still the No. 2 team in the state’s RPI rankings.

And Black Hills — winner of a 55-44 Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game Tuesday in Chehalis — is still an impressive team.

“They’re a good team. They’re long, and they’re just hard to go against,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said. “I hope we get to play them again.”

That’s not, by any means, out of the question, and after Tuesday’s loss it’s not hard to see why the Bearcats are gunning for a rematch.

Emma Duff scored 16 points to lead Black Hills, which improved to 18-1 with the win and sealed its second-straight EvCo title. The Wolves, though, weren’t able to put much distance between themselves and their hosts until an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter that pushed the lead to double figures for the first time.

W.F. West, meanwhile, shot a paltry 15 of 60 from the field and went 3 of 25 from long range in scoring a season-low 44 points.

“It was bad,” Kelly said of his team’s shooting. “It wasn’t good, and that could have been a little different game — but they’re a good team and you’ve got to give them credit. They’re hard to play against.”

W.F. West did manage to solve the Wolves’ half-court trap defense and limited its turnovers to 17, the same number of miscues posted by Black Hills. Erika Brumfield scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and Kiara Steen added 13 points, while Lexie Strasser scored 8 with 10 boards.

The key for W.F. West, Kelly said, was that the team didn’t play to its strengths on Tuesday. The team came out in its own half-court zone defense, and wasn’t able to apply its typical pressure until late in the game.

“That’s what we do best, and that’s what you have to do,” Kelly said. “You kind of back off a little because of who they are, but you can’t do that. I thought if we would have done it the whole game, it would have been different.”

The Bearcats kept pace with Black Hills, 18-18, in the fourth quarter, with Brumfield scoring all 10 of her points and going 6 for 6 from the foul line.

Kelly took the blame for the shortcomings in the game plan.

“I told (the team), some of you didn’t show up, but I had the wrong game plan,” he said. “A lot of it was on me. What got us here was our defensive pressure, and we come out, and we’re in a 2-3 zone, half-court defense. And that’s not us.”

Brumfield, Steen and Julia Johnson all played well, Kelly added.

W.F. West finished second in the EvCo standings with an 8-2 record (17-3 overall). The Bearcats host Woodland, the No. 3 team out of the Greater St. Helens 2A League, on Friday night in the first round of the district tournament.

Black Hills (18-1, 10-0 league) hosts Columbia River Friday in its district opener.


Centralia Tops Rochester

ROCHESTER — Centralia scored 22 points in the second quarter to pull away and earn a 52-37 win over Rochester in an Evergreen 2A Conference game here on Tuesday night.

Rachel Wilkerson scored 13 points to lead the Tigers. Ellie Corwin added 12 points and Carissa Kaut chipped in 11.

Paige Winter led the Warriors with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Emilee Gedney contributed 11 points.

Rochester led 10-4 early, but the Tigers battled back and held a 15-12 lead after the first quarter and pushed the lead to 37-25 at halftime. The Tigers held the Warriors to 12 points in the second half to cruise to the win.

“It’s the story of where we’ve been at. There was a three-minute stretch where we space out. They play a little harder, get some turnovers and convert,” Rochester coach A.J. Easley said. “It was two three-minute stretches. If we eliminate one of those, you’ll be alright. We’re young, and that’s the way it goes.”

Easley recognized the contributions of seniors Nicole Fry and Gedney.

“They’re both incredible kids that have turned into amazing young women. I’m proud to have had them in our program,” Easley said.

Rochester ends the season 4-15 overall and 1-9 in EvCo play.

Centralia (11-9, 5-5 league) finished third in the EvCo and will travel to face Mark Morris in Longview on Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the District 4 2A Girls Basketball Tournament.

Note: Check out the District 4 bracket here.
Tenino Punches District Ticket With Win Over Forks

MONTESANO — Tenino’s defense didn’t allow double-digit scoring in any quarter, helping the Beavers to a 43-27 win over Forks in an Evergreen 1A League pigtail game here on Tuesday night.

The Beavers are the No. 4 seed out of the Evergreen and will play at 1A Trico champ La Center on Friday at 7 p.m. in both teams’ District 4 opener.

Emma Homann led the Beavers with 13 points, and Olivia Bailon and Ryann Wachter each added 8 points. Rian Peters led the Spartans with 12 points.

Tenino led 10-3 after the first quarter and padded the lead to 20-12 at halftime. The Beavers outscored the Spartans 23-15 in the second half to earn the victory.

“They did pretty awesome. We worked our full court press,” Tenino coach Brandi Thomas said. “It was an all-around great team effort. They worked hard from start to finish. We knew Forks was going to come out hungry.”

Thomas said the last two days with no school made it difficult to tell how the girls would play, but the Beavers were able to get some practice time in before the game.

“It was a little bit different for us. As a coaching staff, we were wondering how are the girls going to respond,” Thomas said. “We had a shoot around, a walkthrough, and prepped the girls and got some shots up. It turned out alright for us. They definitely deserved it.”

Tenino took care of the ball on Tuesday, recording just four turnovers all game.

The Beavers finished the regular season 11-8 overall and 2-6 in league play.
At Chehalis

WOLVES 55, BEARCATS 44

Black Hills 14 9 14 18 —55

W.F. West 12 4 10 18 —44

Black Hills (55) — Williams 11, Patti 4, River 3, Duff 16, Reichert 2, Nurmi 10, Moloney 9

FG: 16 of 46 —.348 FT: 18 of 25 —.720 Reb. 29 (Duff 10)

W.F. West (44) — Johnson 4, Lofgren 2, Bennett 3, Brumfield 14, Steen 13, Strasser 8

FG: 15 of 60 —.250 FT: 11 of 12 —.917 Reb. 32 (Brumfield, Strasser 10)
At Rochester

TIGERS 52, WARRIORS 37

Centralia 15 22 12 3 —52

Rochester 12 13 7 5 —37

Centralia (52) — Poore 1, Petrino 4, Jensen 3, Wilkerson 13, Porter 3, Kaut 11, Corwin 12, Sharp 2, Thomas 1

FG: N/A FT: 12 of 20 — .600 Rebs. N/A

Rochester (37) — Gedney 11, Hahn 3, Sederberg 9, Lewis 2, Winter 12

FG: 14 of 60 —.233 FT: 5 of 11—.454 Rebs. 32 (Winter 7)
At Montesano

BEAVERS 43, SPARTANS 27

Tenino 10 10 10 13 —43

Forks 3 9 6 9 —27

Tenino (43) — Bailon 8, Antill 6, Mathis 7, Wachter 8, Homann 13, Grayless 1

FG: 15 of 48 —.312 FT: 7 of 24 —.291 Rebs. N/A 4 TOs

Forks (27) — Olson 5, DeMatties 2, Baar 5, Peters 12, Rondeau 1, Woodruff 2

FG: 6 of 28 —.214 FT: 6 of 12 —.500 Rebs. N/A

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