Friday’s Girls Basketball: Bulldogs Rough Up Tigers

By The Chronicle

Hannah Porter and Carissa Kaut both scored in double figures for Centralia, but Montesano was too much as the Bulldogs won 57-33 in a non-league girls basketball game here on Friday.

Porter scored 16 points and Kaut had 13 points. Kennedy Strophy scored the other four points for the Tigers. Danika Jensen didn’t get on the scoresheet, but recorded 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Zoe Hutchings led all scorers with 24 points for Montesano.

Centralia turned the ball over 28 times and shot 18 percent from the field in the loss.

“We had a very tough time putting the ball in the hole. We had good looks and weren’t getting to any rhythm. They put a lot of pressure on us,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said.

Montesano led 15-7 after one quarter and the Bulldogs expanded the lead to 26-17 at halftime. It was all Bulldogs in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 31-16 to complete the win.

Centralia (0-2) travels to Elma on Wednesday

Thursday’s Game

Rockets Blast by Timberwolves

CASTLE ROCK — A pair of clunky quarters from the Timberwolves doomed their chances here Thursday night as they dropped a non-league girls basketball contest to the Rockets by a score of 48-26.

The two teams were separated by just two points after one quarter but Castle Rock outpaced Morton-White Pass 17-4 in the second quarter to take a 29-14 lead into the intermission. The two teams played to a four point draw in the third frame but then the Rockets secured their home victory with an 18-5 advantage in the final period.

MWP coach Tom Griffith noted that the Rockets held a 47 to 24 advantage in total rebounds. He also lamented that his team made only four of 13 free throws and only nine of their 56 shots from the field.

“That was the story of the game. They doubled us up on the boards. They had a couple big girls, Pelletier at 6’, and Naugle is 6’2, so they outrebounded us really bad,” said Griffith. “It was a combination of that and we couldn’t shoot the ball to save ourselves. Between the 16 percent (shooting percentage) getting outrebounded and our inability to shoot the ball, that combo was way more than we could overcome.”

Morton-White Pass (1-1) will host Mossyrock at Randle on Saturday 7 p.m. for a varsity only affair.

At Centralia

BULLDOGS 57, TIGERS 33

Montesano    15    11    15    16    —57

Centralia    7    10    9    7    —33

Montesano (57) — Ekerson 4, Hutchings 24, Grubb 2, Lovell 2, Lisherness 11, Granstorm 14

FG: 23 of 58 —.396 FT: 11 of 14 —.785 Reb: 39 (Hutchings 11)

Centralia (33) — Mora, Jensen, Hawley, Porter 16, Kaut 13, Gerringer, Corwin, Erickson, Studeman, Strophy 4

FG: 11 of 59 —.186 FT: 6 of 10 —.600 Reb: 26 (Jensen 10)

At Castle Rock

ROCKETS 48, T-WOLVES 26

Morton-WP    10    4    4    8 — 26

Castle Rock    12    17    4    15 — 48

Morton-WP — Dunlap 17, Townsend 2, Smathers 7

FG: 9 of 56 —.161 FT: 4 of 13 —.308 Reb: 24 (Dunlap 5, Collette 5)

Castle Rock — Wirkkala 4, Anderson 6, Keeling 5, Kessler 13, Naugle 10, Pelletier 4, Sullivan 6

FG: 18 of 54 —.333 FT: 11 of 25 —.440 Reb: 47

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