Monday’s 2B GBB: Adna Tops Willapa Valley to Stay Alive

By The Chronicle
Payton Aselton scored 20 points to lead the Pirates to a 46-37 win over Willapa Valley in a District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament consolation game in Chehalis on Monday.
Aselton led the Pirates with nine rebounds. Makaela Meister added 8 points for Adna, while Hannah Cook led Willapa Valley with 11 points.
The Pirates led 11-4 after the first quarter, but Willapa Valley battled back in the second quarter due to some Adna foul trouble to cut the Pirate lead to 16-13 at halftime.
Both teams scored 17 points in the third quarter, but Adna held Willapa Valley to 7 points in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
“They took the lead with 5 or 6 minutes to go. I didn’t know how they would respond; we haven’t been in a ton of these close games,” Adna coach Chris Bannish said. “We answered every run they made.”
Adna had its best performance of the season at the free throw line, converting 11 of 14 attempts.
The Pirates face Toledo on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Castle Rock in another loser-out game. Toledo beat Adna, 37-31, in Toledo in the teams’ only meeting during the regular season.

Toledo Takes Down South Bend
ROCHESTER — Anna Tauscher scored 19 points to help Toledo win 41-33 over South Bend and stay alive in the District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament.
Tauscher scored 13 of her points in the second half. Alyssa Ewers added 6 points for Toledo.
Toledo held South Bend to 5 points in each the first and second quarters, but Toledo led just 14-10 at halftime.
South Bend tried to start a comeback in the third quarter and cut the Toledo lead to 23-22 going into the fourth. Toledo scored 18 points in the final frame to secure the win.
“Defensively, we played pretty well, especially the first half. We started to make our shots in the second half and were able to get the win,” Toledo coach Brian Layton said. “I’m proud we’re able to move on. It’s nice to get a win, survive and advance.”
Haleigh Holmes and Kyleigh Holmes both played well defensively, Layton said, and Stacie Spahr provided a nice boost off the bench.
The Indians face Adna on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Castle Rock in another loser out game. The Indians won the only game of the season against Adna in the regular season, a 37-31 win in Toledo.

MWP Comes Up Just Short in Loser-Out Game With Ocosta
Morton-White Pass rallied late and briefly took the lead, but couldn’t hold on in a 49-45 loss to Ocosta in a loser-out game of the District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament Monday night in Centralia.
The Timberwolves trailed by 10 late in the third quarter, but hit the gas over the next eight minutes to take the lead with just over two minutes left.
Ocosta freshman Kjirstin Hopfer, though, knocked down a 3-pointer to put Ocosta up, and the Wildcats added a free throw to go up 2.
The Timberwolves were then in position to take the final shot, but lost the ball at midcourt, leading to an Ocosta layup as time expired for the final margin.
“I was really proud of the effort,” MWP coach Tom Griffith said. “We put on a great fourth-quarter burst to come back and take the lead, and have control of the game in the last minute and a half and just couldn’t finish it.”
Jacie Dunlap led MWP with 22 points and added seven rebounds. Shaylee Peters added 9 points and nine rebounds, Sierra Dotson scored 8 points with nine rebounds and Haylee Smathers grabbed 12 boards.
Kaylee Barnum led Ocosta with 20 points, and Hopfer finished with 19.
“I was certainly happy with the effort, and happy with the energy,” Griffith said. “It was all on the line and they rose to the occasion and give it everything they had. They left it all on the floor. It just didn’t quite work out.”
The Timberwolves finish the season with a 13-10 record, after going 3-13 in league play a year ago. They’ll graduate just one senior — Dotson — and bring back Taylor Nilius, who missed this season with an ACL injury, next year.
“We haven’t been in many tight, close games, so you can kind of chalk it up to experience,” Griffith said. “We’ll be intact and have everybody back for next year.”
Ocosta (17-6) moves on to play Mossyrock in a loser-out game Wednesday night in Castle Rock.

Mossyrock Bounces Raymond From Districts
MONTESANO — Paige Moorcroft recorded a double-double to lead the Vikings to a 62-30 win over Raymond in a District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament consolation game here on Monday.
Moorcroft had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Stephanie Fried led Mossyrock with 14 points, while Lainee Grose, Shania Hadaller, Heather Edgar and Ava Nelson all added 8 points. Grose also added five assists.
The Vikings led 14-9 after one quarter and outscored 35-9 in the second and third quarters to pull away and earn the win.
“I think we played really well. The first half, we were getting looks but baskets didn’t fall as much as we wanted them too,” Mossyrock coach Autumn Moorcroft said. “Second half was when shots started to fall. We continued to move the ball well and played as a team. I’m definitely proud of my team how we pulled together after a tough loss.”
Mossyrock faces Ocosta on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Castle Rock in another loser out game.

At Chehalis
Adna 11 5 17 13 —46
Willapa 4 9 17 7 —37
Adna (46) — El. Sliva 3, Kruger 4, Pannette 5, Aselton 20, Foster 6, Meister 8
FG: 16 of 58 —.275 FT: 11 of 14 —.785 Reb: 30 (Aselton 9)
Willapa Valley (37) — Cook 11, Adkins 10, Patrick 6, Friese 8, Swartz 2
FG: 13 of 52 —.250 FT: 7 of 13 —.538 Reb: 31

At Rochester
South Bend 5 5 12 11 —33
Toledo 8 6 9 18 —41
South Bend (33) — Byington 7, Sanchez 10, Reidinger 10, Rohr 6
FG: N/A FT: 4 of 7 —.571 Reb: N/A
Toledo — K. Holmes 4, Bacon, Tauscher 19, H. Holmes 2, Ewers 6, Tyner 2, Schaplow 5, Spahr 3
FG: N/A FT: 14 of 26 —.538 Reb: N/A

At Centralia
Morton-WP 6 14 11 14 —45
Ocosta 8 18 13 10 —49
Morton-White Pass (45) — Dunlap 22, Hampton 4, Peters 9, Smathers 2, Dotson 8
FG: 16 of 55 —.291 FT: 10 of 17 —.588 Reb. 47 (Smathers 12, Dotson, Peters 9)
Ocosta (49) — Er. Snider 3, Hopfer 19, Kay. Barnum 20, Raffelson 7
FG: 16 of 71 —.225 FT: 11 of 15 —.733 Reb. 34 (Raffelson 14)

At Montesano
Raymond 9 2 7 12 —30
Mossyrock 14 12 23 13 —62
Raymond (30) — Williams 16, Mora 2, Silva 3, Miller 9
FG: 8 of 43 —.186 FT: 8 of 14 —.571 Reb: N/A
Mossyrock (62) — Fried 14, An. Nelson 5, Cournyer 1, Grose 8, Hadaller 8, Moorcroft 10, Edgar 8, Av. Nelson 8
FG: 27 of 52 —.519 FT: 4 of 15 —.266 Reb: 33 (Moorcroft 10)



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