Friday’s Girls Basketball: Beas Too Much for Bearcats in District Finals
MOVING ON: Beyonce and Skylar Bea Combine for 36 Points, 24 Rebounds as Washougal Tops W.F. West 54-48 for District Championship
By Aaron VanTuyl
For The Chronicle
LACEY — The Bearcats did not repeat as District 4 champions here Friday night.
But, as coach Tom Kelly pointed out afterwards, the loss didn’t mean the end of their season, much less the world.
The Bearcats led into the third quarter before coming up short, 54-48, against Washougal. Given that W.F. West lost to the Panthers, 77-48, back on Nov. 30, Friday’s close margin was a marked improvement.
“I think it’s real impressive,” Kelly said. “We’ve become a pretty good team. There’s a few glitches here and there, but we’re a heck of a lot better now than we were at the beginning.”
On Friday, though, sisters Beyonce and Skylar Bea were too much for the Bearcats to overcome. Beyonce, a senior headed to the University of Idaho next year, scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, while Skylar added 14 points and 14 boards.
“That Beyonce Bea is as good as it gets,” Kelly said. “You can tell she’s been in the gym. She’s put some time in, she’s very strong, and she’s got a nose for the ball.”
The Beas scored nearly all their points in the paint, and the Bearcats were able to keep pace — and led for most of the first three quarters — until Washougal started hitting from long range.
McKinley Stotts buried a three with just under two minutes left in the third quarter to put the Panthers up 33-30 and give the eventual district champs their first lead since the first quarter. The bucket occurred during a 6 ½ minute span in which W.F. West didn’t hit a field goal, and the Panthers used that to put together a 12-2 run and go up 37-31.
The Bearcats clawed to within two points on two occasions in the final four minutes, but triples from Savea Mansfield and then Kiara Cross pushed the Panthers back up by five each time.
Madi Haakenson scored inside with 22 seconds left to cut the lead to 51-46, but after a missed Skylar Bea free throw Beyonce Bea grabbed the rebound, drew a foul and hit both shots to make it a seven point game with 20 seconds to go.
It was the Bearcats’ seventh appearance in the district finals in the past eight seasons, with championships in 2014 and 2018.
“I just told (the team), we went through a lot of things and we were real close there,” Kelly said. “We could have won this game. We could have won the district title, and everything’s not so bad.”
Haakenson finished with 11 points for W.F. West (17-6). Annika Waring led the Bearcats with 12 points, on 5 of 8 shooting, with a team-high nine rebounds, and Courtney Bennett added 11 points.
It was the first district championship for Washougal (19-4), which finished third in each of the last three seasons.
Both teams will advance to the regional portion of the State 2A playoffs, with next week’s matchups dependent on the WIAA’s final RPI standings.
Toledo Takes Down Adna in Overtime
CASTLE ROCK — After holding Adna scoreless in the first quarter Toledo was kind enough to provide the high school basketball fans in attendance here Friday night with a few minutes of free basketball.
That bonus period was necessary after the Pirates battled back to tie the game at 36 with four seconds remaining in the game before Toledo righted their ship to claim a 45-42 victory in overtime.
“We played really good defense, especially in that first quarter. We were energetic. We were talking. We were moving,” said Toledo coach Brian Layton. “But you know Adna is always going to make a comeback. They are very well coached.”
Toledo took the first quarter 11-0 but then watched nervously as Adna crept back into the game over the next three quarters. Layton said his team was focused on stopping Payton Aselton from scoring and forcing other Pirates to put the ball in the hoop.
“We just wanted to keep her from penetrating, which is hard to do. She sets up a lot of points for her teammates,” Layton said.
Aselton finished the game with 11 points but Morgan Trotter led the Pirates with 13 points.
Adna scored the first points of the overtime before Toledo got back to what worked so well in the first quarter to secure the win-or-go-home victory.
“They tied the game up with about four seconds left and instead of hanging our heads we battled back to get the win in overtime,” Layton said.
Kal Schaplow led Toledo with a game-high 18 points. Stacie Spahr added seven points and a team-high 14 rebounds while Kyleigh Holmes chipped in seven points and nine boards. Haleigh Holmes was Toledo’s second leading scorer with 11 points.
Toledo will play winner of Rainier and Mossyrock at a time and place to be determined on Saturday.
PANTHERS 54, BEARCATS 48
Washougal 11 10 14 19 —54
W.F. West 15 8 8 17 —48
Washougal (54) — Jaiden Bea 2, Cross 3, Mansfield 6, Beyonce Bea 22, Stotts 3, Gibbons 4, Skylar Bea 14
FG: 21 of 51 —.441 FT: 9 of 17 —.529 Reb. 33 (S. Bea 14, B. Bea 10)
W.F. West (48) — Vadala 5, Brumfield 9, Bennett 11, Waring 12, M. Haakenson 11
FG: 21 of 46 —.457 FT: 4 of 7 —.571 Reb. 30 (Waring 9, Brumfield 8)
At Castle Rock
INDIANS 45, PIRATES 42
Adna 0 12 12 12 6 —42
Toledo 11 11 5 9 9 —45
Adna (42) — El. Sliva 8, Todd 6, Wellander 2, Aselton 11, VonMoos 2, Trotter 13
FG: N/A FT: 7 of 17 —.411 Reb: 35
Toledo (45) — K. Holmes 7, H. Holmes 11, Clark 2, Schaplow 18, Spahr 7
FG: N/A FT: 7 of 14 —.500 Reb: 38 (Spahr 14, K. Holmes 9)