Saturday’s 2B Boys BB: Pirates Heat Up to Shoot Down Cardinals

Adna’s Blake Davis shoots against Winlock on Saturday in Rochester.

DISTRICTS: Adna Has Four Players Hit Double Figures in First Half of 79-48 Win Over Winlock

By Aaron VanTuyl

avantuyl@chronline.com

ROCHESTER — Two of Adna’s calling cards this season have been balance and outside shooting.

On Saturday, with a spot in the District 4 2B Basketball Tournament semifinals on the line, those two components were front and center as the Pirates routed Winlock, 79-48.

Adna hit 10 of its first 14 shots from behind the arc and had four players score in double digits, with Cody Young and Austen Apperson each scoring 18.

The shooting, Adna coach Luke Salme said, wasn’t necessarily a surprise.

“We have guys that can do that and guys that haven’t really maybe shot it to their potential all season,” he said. “But we’ve noticed lately it’s coming on at the right time, so it’s exciting to see.”

The balance, though — particularly four players scoring in double figures in the first half — was.

“I can’t remember that ever happening before, but again, that’s what’s special about this group,” he said. “There are honestly probably seven different guys on our team that could score double-digits every night. It’s pretty special to now whether we get manned up, or zoned up, we have different guys that are ready to step up and are willing to take big shots.”

Adna ran out to a quick 10-0 lead, then poured in 30 points in the second quarter to lead 54-27 at halftime.

Apperson entered the game with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter, hit his first four shots and had 11 points by the time the second quarter started. The junior sixth-man had 16 by halftime.

“We can always count on that. He’s going to hit some big ones,” Salme said. “He’s done that for three years for us. It’s pretty nice to bring that off the bench.”

Blake Davis hit four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 17 points, while Young and Conner Weed each had 10 by halftime. Weed finished with 14 points.

Bryce Cline led Winlock with 14 points. The Cardinals, though, were outrebounded 33-20 and went just 3 of 19 from long range.

Winlock (14-9) drops into the consolation bracket, facing Ilwaco on Monday in a loser-out game at a site to be determined.

Adna (19-2) moves on the semifinals, where it faces Morton-White Pass on Tuesday night in Kelso. The teams split their regular-season games.

“That’s going to be fun. We are very excited to get to play them again,” Salme said. “It’s a load, with Matt (Poquette) and other good pieces. It’s going to be a fun semifinal game.”

At Rochester

PIRATES 79, CARDINALS 48

Winlock 9  18  10 11 —48

Adna   24  30  21   4 —79

Winlock (48) — Whitehead 9, Cline 14, Nick Patching 6, Richendollar 8, Hall 2, Coleman 4, Contreras 2, Noah Patching 4

FG: 17 of 50 —.340 FT: 11 of 13 —.846 Reb. 20 (Cline 6)

Adna (79) — Apperson 18, Young 18, Weed 14, Metzenberg 5, Davis 17, Thornburg 5, Ingle 2

FG: 28 of 55 —.510 FT: 10 of 14 —.714 Reb. 33 (Thornburg 7)

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