Friday’s 2A Girls Basketball: Brumfield Nets 19 as Bearcats Bust Centralia
By Jordan Nailon
W.F. West secured the second seed out of the 2A Evergreen Conference here at Ron Brown Court on Friday with a 78-26 defeat over the girls from Centralia.
The Bearcats employed a fearsome full court press from the jump in order to keep the Tigers from ever finding any sort of comfort zone. That tactic resulted in a 10-0 lead for the visitors right out of the chute. The Bearcats were able to force 21 steals over the course of the game and pushed their lead past 40 points to start a running clock with several minutes remaining in the third quarter.
“We kind of want to dictate where people are going rather than letting them walk it up. We have a couple of different ones we used tonight so we just try to dictate tempo out of that mostly,” W.F. West coach Kyle Karnofski explained.
Drea Brumfield was the masthead on the Bearcats 1-2-2 full court press and used her angular 6-foot-2 frame to wreak havoc on the passing lanes time and time again.
“It’s a luxury to be able to do that,” Karnofski said of Brumfield’s disruptive capabilities. “She’s so smart and she’s able to play that long piece that we need because we have people behind her like Maggie (Vadala), Madi (Mencke), Lexi (Roberts) and Kyla (McCallum), who do a great job of reading. And behind them you’ve got Annika (Waring), Taya (McCallum) and Tehani (Henry), who are very, very smart as well. And they’re strong.”
Brumfield scored 13 first-half points and finished with a game-high 19 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Vadala added nine points and led the team with nine assists and four steals. W.F. West tallied 26 assists as a team.
“I think their pressure is not what it used to be in the past but they still do some good things. But it’s probably one of the best passing teams we’ve seen in a very long time,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said. “They make you play almost a full shot clock of 30 seconds and they get quality shots every single time. That’s something that they haven’t done in the past that I really think is going to help them as they’re going through the tournament.”
Thanks to those extra passes W.F. West was able to shoot 60 percent from the field on 56 attempts. The Bearcats also bested the Tigers 32-18 on the glass. Waring posted a dozen points, a handful of rebounds and a spread of steals for the Bearcats, while Kyla McCallum chipped in 11 points and Roberts notched 10 points.
Karnofski noted that he played Waring in a new spot on Friday at the top of the zone press and was pleased with the results. He was also full of praise for the high intensity approach that Waring brings to both ends of the court, and everywhere else she happens to go.
“In practice, in the hallway, at team dinner, you name it. What you see here is the exact thing you get there. You can’t coach that and that’s one of the things that will definitely be missed from her,” Karnofski said. “I’ve been around sports a long time and she’s probably one of the biggest competitors I’ve ever seen.”
Waring’s defensive efforts helped hold Centralia to a 34 percent shooting clip on just 29 field goal attempts.
Karissa Caut led Centralia with 10 points and Jasmine Mora added seven points.
As his players filtered out of the locker room with the final chapter of their season still sinking in, Ashmore lamented that his three seniors couldn’t have gone out on a more uplifting note. However, he was also clearly brimming with pride for the effort that his team was able to muster until the final horn sounded on their season.
“When I met with my seniors right before the season, Kylie Sharp, Carissa Kaut and Jasmine Mora, who played their last game, I told them that I really want us to leave a legacy of working hard every single game no matter what the score is. They truly did that for us all year,” Ashmore said. “It just shows their true character. We’ve got a lot of kids crying in there and it obviously means a lot to them.”
W.F. West will host the Greater Saint League third seed, either R.A. Long or Woodland, on Feb. 14 for the first round of the District IV tournament.
Warriors Clinch Final District Spot
ABERDEEN — Rochester needed just one more win to secure the Evergreen 2A’s fourth and final seed and advance to a district play-in match. They got the win easier than anticipated.
The Warriors took a 16-15 lead at the break then exploded on a 21-2 run to start the second half, rocketing to a 55-25 blowout road victory over the Bobcats.
“It was definitely a slow start, but they responded well in the second half to play better,” Rochester coach Davina Serdahl said. “We had to take care of the ball. We had a lot of unforced turnovers and some uncharacteristic shots in the first half.”
Paige Winter scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Warriors, while Lexi Sederberg-Jones added 12 points and a game-high 8 steals. The Warriors finished with 17 team steals.
“She had a great defensive game,” Serdahl said of Sederberg-Jones.
Rochester (11-9) next hosts the Greater Saint Helens League’s fifth seed in the district play-in game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Serdahl said it will likely be against Hockinson.
“We kept saying we want to be playing our best basketball tonight,” Serdahl said. “While I don’t think it was a perfect four quarters of basketball, by any means, it was enough.” “[The players] know where we stand now and Hockinson is a pretty good team.”
BEARCATS 78, TIGERS 26
W.F. West 20 25 21 12 —78
Centralia 7 8 10 1 —26
W.F. West (78) — Vadala 9, Roberts 10, Brumfied 19, Mad. Mencke 7, K. McCallum 11, Lockwood 4, Waring 12, Henry 4, T. McCallum 2
FG: 34 of 56 —.607 FT: 5 of 12 —.416 Reb: 32 (Brumfield 7)
Centralia (26) — Mora 7, Wu 2, Sas 2, Sharp 1, Kaut 10, Corwin 4
FG: 10 of 29 —.344 FT: 4 of 10 —.400 Reb: 18
WARRIORS 55, BOBCATS 25
Rochester 6 10 21 18 —55
Aberdeen 4 11 2 8 —25
Rochester (55) — Haury 5, Rodeheaver 2, Elkins 6, Sederberg-Jones 12, Rotter 2, Winter 24, Kerbaugh 4
FG: 22 of 64 —.343 FT: 5 of 11 —.454 Reb: 41 (Kerbaugh 14, Sederbeg-Jones 7)
Aberdeen (25) — Orona 2, Walsh 9, Gutierez 2, Martinez 2, Chum 4, Tageant 6
FG: N/A FT: 2 of 2 —1.000 Reb: N/A