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Friday’s Prep Girls Basketball: Tigers Claw Past Hawks

By The Chronicle
LACEY — Centralia got to the foul line 38 times and hit 26 freebies, pushing the Tigers past River Ridge 63-34 in a nonleague girls basketball game at St. Martin’s University on Friday.
Ellie Corwin led the Tigers with 23 points and nine rebounds, including shooting 12 of 15 from the free throw line. Rachel Wilkerson added 12 points.
“We’re a way different team. Last year, we’d settle for a lot of 3s. The girls are being aggressive and the offense is taking it to the hoop,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said. “We shoot a lot of free throws in practice. We have good shooters and we’re trying to get to a shot we can manage instead of shooting a lot of 3s. To go to the line 38 times is pretty impressive.”
Centralia started off strong and led 18-5 after one quarter, and pushed the lead to 35-14 at halftime.
Ashmore was impressed with the Tigers’ defense in the win.
“We mixed things up again. Our girls are a year older; we have the same starters as last year and they’ve really bought in,” Ashmore said. “Our bench is a lot stronger. We’re bringing some kids off the bench and I like where we’re at defensively. We’re just real happy with overall defense the first two nights out.”
Centralia (2-0) hosts Kelso on Wednesday in a nonleague game.
Note: Centralia senior Courtney Leifer-Carlson played in Friday’s game, but due to a shoulder injury will be out the remainder of the season.

King’s Way Shoots Past Tenino
VANCOUVER — Kaylee Schow scored 23 points, but King’s Way Christian was too hot from outside for Tenino to keep up in a 45-33 nonleague girls hoops win here Friday night.
The Knights, in their season opener, went 10 of 26 from behind the 3-point arc, and led 27-12 at halftime.
Tenino, though, outscored the hosts 11-7 in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 9 at one point.
“In the third quarter we really turned it on,” Tenino coach Brandi Thomas said. “They were a very aggressive team and pressured us, and they were physical, and we said, ‘Hey, guys, we can do the same thing to them’ — and we were physical.”
Schow was a bright spot, Thomas added.
“She’s a very aggressive player,” she said. “She hustles all four quarter and that really pays off. She got a lot of little buckets in and around the hoop.”
Tenino (0-2) plays a nonleague game at neighboring Rainier on Monday.

Morton-White Pass Falls in Overtime to Orting
ORTING — Morton-White Pass led by 11 points going into the fourth quarter, but foul trouble hurt the Timberwolves and allowed Orting to earn a 59-53 win in overtime in a nonleague girls basketball game here on Friday.
MWP’s Jacie Dunlap scored 15 points, including hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to send the game into overtime. Sierra Dotson added 12 points for the Timberwolves.
MWP led 14-10 after the first quarter and built the lead to 26-17 at halftime. The Timberwolves were able to push the lead to 39-28 going into the fourth quarter.
Early in the fourth, MWP had three players foul out, leaving MWP with just five players. Orting scored 23 points in the fourth and took the lead, but a Dunlap 3-pointer tied the game at the buzzer to force overtime. It was all Orting in the extra frame, as MWP managed just two points.
“The girls played hard. 11-point lead at end of third, got in foul trouble in the fourth and lost three starters early in the fourth. All three were interior post defenders and from there on, the last four minutes, we were just trying to hang on,” MWP coach Tom Griffith. “Playing without those three in overtime, we got outscored. It was just too much overcome. It was a tough loss. The girls played hard but you can’t fault the effort, we just ran out of bodies.”
MWP (0-2) plays their first Central 2B League game of the season on Wednesday on the road against Pe Ell.

At Lacey
Centralia 18 17 16 12 — 63
River Ridge 5 9 9 11 — 34
Centralia (63) — Sharp 6, Jensen 3, Wilkerson 12, Strophy 4, Porter 1, Kaut 6, Corwin 23, Ericson 8
FG: 17 of 43 — .395 FT: 26 of 38 — .684 12 of 15 Ellie Reb: 30 (Corwin 9)
River Ridge (34) — Yenne 13, Betleft 5, Orie 6, Davinty 8, Hq 2
FG: 13 of 54 — .240 FT: 4 of 8 — .500 Reb: N/A

At Vancouver
Tenino 5 7 11 10 —33
King’s Way 13 14 7 11 —45
Tenino (33) — MAthis 2, Schow 23, Letts 6, Dowies 2
FG: 11 of 37 —.297 FT: 8 of 19 —.421 Reb. 25
King’s Way Christian (45) — Hutchins 3, Zook 2, Moat 17, Cummins 8, Schroeder 13, O. Zook 2
FG: 17 of 49 —.347 FT: 1 of 2 —.500 Reb. N/A

At Orting
Morton-WP 14 12 13 12 2 — 53
Orting 10 7 11 23 8 — 59
MWP (53) — Dunlap 15, Hampton 2, Peters 9, Short 5, Smathers 6, Dotson 12, Salguero 4
FG: 25 of 76 — .329 FT: 1 of 8 — .125 Reb: 38 (Dotson, Dunlap 8, Hampton 7)
Orting (59) — Friddle 9, Recinos 11, Moreno 18, Crowe 5, Fohn 16
FG: 19 of 50 — .380 FT: 16 of 30 — .533 Reb: 28 (Moreno 9)



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