Friday’s 2A Girls Basketball: Bearcats Leave No Question in Rout of Centralia
TURNING IT ON: W.F. West Goes on 25-2 First-Half Run, Cruises in 84-20 Win Over Rival Tigers
By Aaron VanTuyl
It doesn’t take much for the Bearcats to make their point.
Case in, uh, point: the last minute and a half of the first quarter of their 84-20 win over Centralia on Friday night.
W.F. West, the No. 1 in the Class 2A rankings, got off to a sluggish — by its own standards — start, leading just 6-3 after five minutes of play in their home installment of the crosstown rivalry.
“There’s a bit of a crowd here, and they’re really excited, and I think that was part of the missing the layups, and the defense, too,” Bearcat coach Tom Kelly said. “It wasn’t stage fright, because they’ve been on big stages too many times, but it was just the excitement and everything. We’re only human, right?”
All it took was one well-timed bucket from Erika Brumfield to fix things.
Brumfield scored with 2 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter and the Bearcats’ full-court press, able to set itself up after a made bucket, took over. The Tigers committed five turnovers before the second frame started and W.F. West set off on a 25-2 run that lasted until midway through the second frame — and turned that 6-3 game into a 31-5 blowout some six minutes later.
“(Tom) calls timeout, and tells us we need to pick it up,” said Bearcat guard Maggie Vadala, who finished with 7 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. “I don’t know what caused (the slow start), but we kind of picked things up with like two minutes left in the first quarter.”
W.F. West took advantage of 23 Tiger turnovers in the first half and led 39-10 at the break, before pouring in 24 in the third quarter to get the lead past 40 and put the running clock in place.
“It brings us a lot of intensity,” Vadala said of the team’s press. “We just keep getting the steals, and that leads us to how high of scores we get, you know?”
W.F. West finished with 24 steals and 28 assists, with every player that saw the court recording at least one assist.
“They’re good. They share the basketball, they’re a very good team and very disciplined in everything they do,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said. “Offensively, they’ve gotten tremendously better. … They just run their offensive sets proficiently, and they’re a really good ball club.”
Courtney Bennett came off the bench to lead W.F. West with 18 points, going 3 of 4 from long range and adding five steals and four assists. Brumfield finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, while Taya McCallum scored 12 with five boards.
Annika Waring hit 5 of 7 shots for 10 points with six rebounds, and Kiara Steen scored eight with four rebounds and nine assists. Julia Johnson added 8 points with four steals, and W.F. West shot 51 percent (35 of 68) from the field to improve to 4-0 in Evergreen 2A Conference play.
Rachel Wilkerson scored 6 points with four rebounds for Centralia, and Ellie Corwin added 6 points and a pair of blocked shots.
“We fought. They’re obviously where we’re not right now, and we’re still trying to get there,” Ashmore said. “I just thought our team battled with what we had against us in the opponents.”
Centralia (9-5, 2-2 league) hosts Aberdeen on Tuesday.
W.F. West (11-2) plays a nonleague game at White River on Saturday. The Hornets (12-3) are No. 4 in The News Tribune’s prep rankings, while W.F. West is ranked No. 1.
Note: It was the 16th straight win over Centralia for the Bearcats, a streak dating back to January of 2010. Kelly, who coached the Tigers for two years during that span and is in his third year in Chehalis, now has a 5-4 record in the rivalry games. “It feels really good,” he joked, of pushing his Swamp Cup winning percentage above .500.
Rochester Takes Down Aberdeen
ABERDEEN — Rochester’s Lexi Jones-Sederberg scored 28 points to lead the Warriors to a 77-59 win over Aberdeen in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game here on Friday.
Paige Winter added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Madison Bates added 12 points.
The Warriors made 24 of 39 free throws, including Jones-Sederberg making 11 of 13 from the line.
Rochester led 17-9 after the first quarter and expanded the lead to 38-25 at halftime. It was all Warriors in the second half, outscoring the Bobcats 39-34.
“We did a better job of attacking the basket and rebounding on the offensive side, giving ourselves second and third chances. Anytime a team does that, you give yourself a chance to get to the free throw line,” Rochester coach A.J. Easley said. “Sederberg played the best game I’ve ever seen her play. She just did a good job, all of our kids did a good job of not only attacking but being a threat on offense.”
Rochester (5-9, 1-3) travels to Tumwater on Tuesday to face Black Hills in an EvCo game.
BEARCATS 84, TIGERS 20
Centralia 11 12 9 4 —20
W.F. West 19 15 17 21 —84
Centralia (20) — Jensen 4, Wilkerson 6, Porter 1, Kaut 2, Corwin 6, Erickson 1
FG: 8 of 29 —.276 FT: 4 of 7 —.571 Reb. 10 (Wilkerson 4)
W.F. West (84) — Vadala 5, Johnson 8, Akins, Bennett 18, Brumfield 15, Steen 8, Waring 10, Zylstra 2, McCallum 12, Tornow 4
FG: 35 of 68 —.515 FT: 8 of 14 —.571 Reb. 32 (Brumfield 10)
WARRIORS 77, BOBCATS 59
Rochester 17 21 21 18 —77
Aberdeen 9 16 15 19 —59
Rochester (77) — Schnieder 8, Bates 12, Dale 2, Jones-Sederberg 28, Winter 18, E. Elkins 6, M. Elkins 3
FG: 23 of 64 —.359 FT: 24 of 39 —.615 Reb: 34 (Winter 11)
Aberdeen (59) — Glanz 17, Walsh 2, Pruett 6, Heikkila 8, Tageant 12, Jones 14
FG: N/A FT: 17 of 27 —.629 Reb: N/A