Monday’s 2A GBB: Bearcats Break Scoring Record, Qualify for Regionals
PLAYOFFS: W.F. West Pounds Mark Morris 95-37 in Semifinals to Set Up Rematch With Black Hills for District Title
By Aaron VanTuyl
LONGVIEW — Overlooked in W.F. West’s playoff-opening win over Woodland on Friday was the fact that the Bearcats broke a tournament record with 88 points, eclipsing the 82-point mark set by River Ridge back in 2014.
The new record was on the books for all of three days.
The Bearcats scored 55 points in the first half and, despite a running clock for the last 11 ½ minutes of the game, marked down another new record with a 95-37 win over Mark Morris here Monday at R.A. Long High School.
“It would have been nice to score 100, but 95 will do,” joked Bearcat guard Courtney Bennett, who came off the bench to finish with a game-high 19 points. “We didn’t (know) last time we set it up, but we were aware of it this time, so our goal was to beat it.”
The win secures the Bearcats’ spot in the regional playoffs, as well as putting W.F. West into the District 4 2A Girls Basketball Tournament championship game on Friday night — against Black Hills, in a rematch of last season’s district title game.
“That’ll be a good matchup,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said. “I’m real excited about playing them. I figured it was going to be them; I’m happy they’re at full strength, and we’ll see what happens.”
Monday’s win, though, didn’t come with a promising start. Despite forcing 17 first-quarter turnovers, the Bearcats trailed 9-5 early on, prompting a timeout from Kelly.
“He told us we had to get it going or we weren’t going to win this game, and we had to make our free throws,” Bennett said. “… And he maybe yelled a little bit.”
Kelly chuckled at the idea.
“I can’t remember what I was yelling about, but I got a little excited there,” he said. “But it’s happened the last three or four games. It seems like we start slow, and we’ve really got to work on it.”
The motivational speech, and a change in pressure defense, worked wonders. Erika Brumfield scored 6 straight points that put W.F. West up 13-9, Bennett scored 8 straight points late in the quarter and the Bearcats ended the first on a 14-0 run to lead 27-11 and take full control of the game.
“They’re getting it,” Kelly said of the newer full-court defense the team switched to in the first. “We’ve done it almost every practice for almost a month now, and it’s getting real effective, because we have the team to do it. But yeah, they get after it and good things happen.”
Brumfield finished with 16 points — all in the first half — and six rebounds, and Julia Johnson added 14 points, four rebounds and three steals. Annika Waring added 11 points, and Kiara Steen chipped in 6 points with five assists and five steals.
The Bearcats stretched the lead in the second, going on a 14-0 run late in the quarter and leading 55-20 at halftime. A layup from Steen made it 66-25 with 3:30 left in the third quarter to break the 40-point barrier and set the clock in motion for the remainder of the game.
Twelve different players scored for W.F. West, while Madison Mosier led Mark Morris with 13 points.
The win also breaks the Bearcat single-season scoring record, set by the 1989 W.F. West team, with at least two games left in the season.
W.F. West and Black Hills play Friday night at 6 p.m. at St. Martin’s University’s Marcus Pavilion. Black Hills beat W.F. West, 36-33, in last year’s title game, but the Bearcats went on to beat the Wolves for third place in the State 2A tournament. The Bearcats won both matchups with Black Hills this season, 70-38 and 74-41, though the Wolves were without all-league forward Maisy Williams in both games. Williams is now back in the lineup, and Black Hills beat Columbia River, 57-31, on Monday to reach the district finals.
Centralia’s Season Ends Against Woodland
LONGVIEW — Centralia fought hard for four quarters, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers’ season came to an end with a 69-59 loss to Woodland in a District 4 2A Girls Basketball Tournament consolation game here on Monday.
Ellie Corwin had a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Wilkerson added 16 points.
Woodland had four players in double figures, with Nicole Guthrie leading the Beavers with 16 points.
Centralia was up 23-18 in the second quarter, but a Woodland 8-0 run gave the Beavers a 27-23 lead at halftime.
Woodland scored 23 points in the third quarter to build a lead and held off Centralia down the stretch to earn the win.
“Our girls, they battled from the opening tip to the end,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said. “Rachel Wilkerson, Ellie Corwin and Courtney Leifer-Carslon, I’m just proud of their legacy they left for us. They will truly be missed out of our program.”
The Tigers ended the season 13-9 overall, and Ashmore was proud of his team.
“We just keep building as we go,” Ashmore said. “These girls have left a great legacy and we’ll keep building from here.”
BEARCATS 95, MONARCHS 37
Mark Morris 11 9 9 8 —37
W.F. West 27 28 19 21 —95
Mark Morris (37) — Mosier 13, Bartleson 7, Allred 6, Troy 4, Burns 2, Rismon 2
FG: 11 of 23 —.478 FT: 9 of 16 —.563 Reb. 15 (Troy, Bennett 4)
W.F. West (95) — Bennett 19, Brumfield 16, Johnson 14, Waring 11, Tornow 7, Steen 6, Vadala 6, Mencke 5, Muller 4, Henry 3, McCallum 2, Thomas 2
FG: 40 of 84 —.476 FT: 11 of 20 —.550 Reb. 26 (Brumfield 6)
BEAVERS 69, TIGERS 59
Centralia 13 10 17 19 —59
Woodland 13 14 23 19 —69
Centralia (59) — Sharp, Jensen 4, Wilkerson 16, Strophy 2, Porter 6, Kaut 6, Corwin 25
FG: 21 of 50 —.420 FT: 12 of 17 —.705 Reb. 31 (Corwin 10)
Woodland (59) — Flanagan 10, Foster 13, Glovick 6, Sweyer 9, Christensen 15, Guthrie 16
FG: 26 of 66 —.393 FT: 14 of 16 —.875 Reb. 32