Friday’s 2A Girls Basketball: Bearcats Crush Woodland in Playoff Opener
DEFENSE: W.F. West Records 18 Steals in 88-35 Blowout
By Matt Baide
W.F. West started slow against Woodland, and even trailed in the early minutes of their District 4 2A Girls Basketball Tournament first round game.
The Lady Bearcats righted the ship late in the first quarter and scored 31 points in the second quarter to pull away from Woodland and cruise to an 88-35 win.
W.F. West plays in the semifinals against Mark Morris on Monday at 7:45 p.m. at R.A. Long HIgh School. The Monarchs defeated Centralia 59-41 in a first round game.
The Bearcats were led by Kiara Steen with 21 points and six steals. Erika Brumfield recorded a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.
Annika Waring also had 18 points. Courtney Bennett was the other Bearcat in double figures with 13.
W.F. West recorded 22 assists, led by the nine of Maggie Vadala.
Woodland led 3-2 early in the first quarter. That’s when Kelly called a timeout and helped reset his team.
“I said ‘quit passing up shots, number one. Let’s get the ball up. We’re passing up shots, we don’t play like that.’ I said ‘quit running an offense, we’re not running one now. Let’s just run the ball, let’s go,’ and so they did,” Kelly said. “They know we don’t play like that. We get the ball in the air. That kind of did some stuff and that got us going a little bit and we changed our press.”
The Bearcats responded and went on a 13-2 run to lead 15-5 after the first quarter. The 31 points in the second quarter put W.F. West ahead 46-20 at halftime.
It was all W.F. West in the second half, as the Bearcats outscored Woodland 42-15.
Kelly noted the defensive play of Waring and the leadership of Steen.
“Waring was leaving to trap. She did it like three times in one possession and then dove after a loose ball and I called timeout and I said if we all play that hard right there, we’re going to be hard to beat,” Kelly said. “I thought Kiara Steen set the tone for this deal in that second quarter. I thought she was great. Some of the passes, I think she’s one of the best point guards around.”
W.F. West and Mark Morris played earlier this season in Chehalis, which resulted in a 94-35 win for the Bearcats. Mark Morris was missing a post player in that game, and Kelly knows his team will have to be prepared to face an improved Monarch team.
“Mark Morris, we beat them pretty good the first time up here earlier in the season. They were missing a post player and they have her back and we went and watched them play Washougal. I thought they looked a lot better,” Kelly said. “They have the (Madison) Mosier girl, so that’s one we’ve got to key on. We’ve got to rebound because they’ve got two posts who are pretty decent. That’s what we’ll be working on till Monday and hopefully we can get a win.”
Centralia Falls to Mark Morris
LONGVIEW — Centralia’s Carissa Kaut scored 15 points, but it wasn’t enough as Mark Morris won 59-41 in a District 4 2A Girls Basketball Tournament first round game here on Friday night.
Centralia faces Woodland at Mark Morris High School on Monday at 7:45 p.m. in a loser out game.
Ellie Corwin recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds for the Tigers.
Alexis Troy led Mark Morris with 17 points and Libby Bartelson added 13 points.
Centralia had trouble finding the basket on Friday, shooting just 30 percent from the field and 3 of 14 at the free throw line.
Mark Morris hit 8 of their first 11 shots to push the Monarchs to a 19-8 lead after one quarter and expanded the advantage to 31-18 at halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half, as Mark Morris outscored Centralia 28-23 to cruise to the win.
“They got that 11 point lead and really never looked back. Gave my girls credit, they had a nice crowd. We battled for 32 minutes,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said. “(Katie) Troy and (Libby) Bartelson, they’re tall posts. They did a great job feeding them and they passed well and that kind of hurt us.”
Mark Morris will face W.F. West at 7:45 p.m. on Monday at R.A. Long in the semifinals. The Bearcats defeated Woodland 88-35 on Friday in Chehalis.
BEARCATS 88, BEAVERS 35
Woodland 5 15 13 2 —35
W.F. West 15 31 28 14 —88
Woodland (35) — Foster 14, Guthrie 7, Olson 4, Christensen 4, Glovick 4, Flanagan 2
FG: 7 of 30 —.233 FT: 20 of 22 —.909 Reb: 14
W.F. West (88) — Steen 21, Brumfield 18, Waring 18, Bennett 13, Johnson 8, Vadala 6, McCallum 2, Zylstra 2
FG: 37 of 76 —.486 FT: 9 of 14 —.642 Reb: 37 (Brumfield 10)
MONARCHS 59, TIGERS 41
Centralia 8 10 12 11 —41
Mark Morris 19 12 15 13 —59
Centralia (41) — Sharp 3, Jensen 3, Wilk 4, Strophy, Porter 3, Kaut 15, Corwin 13
FG: 16 of 53 —.301 FT: 3 of 14 —.214 Reb: 34 (Corwin 9)
Mark Morris (59) — Makaiwi 7, Bennett 3, Mosier 11, Russell 6, Burns 2, Troy 17, Bartelson 13
FG: 23 of 59 —.389 FT: 6 of 11 —.545 Reb: 35