Thursday’s 2B Girls BB: Toledo Wards Off Raymond, 35-30
DISTRICTS: Schaplow Scores 15 to Lead Toledo in First-Round Win; Mossyrock Advances, Adna, MWP Bounced to Consolation Round
By Aaron VanTuyl
Points were at a premium, but Toledo made the most of its opportunities on Thursday night.
Kal Schaplow scored a game-high 15 points, and the Indians did just enough to keep Raymond at bay in a 35-30 win in the first round of the District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament in Chehalis.
“Like I told them, now’s the time of the year where it’s all about survive and advance,” Toledo coach Brian Layton said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we did advance, so that’s the main thing.”
Toledo forced 24 Raymond turnovers and held the Seagulls to just 12 field goals.
The Indians led 17-13 at halftime, but neither team was ever able to fully get its offense clicking.
“We would have liked to get more transition, easy buckets; we just didn’t seem to get out and run as much as we’d like,” Layton said. “Give them a lot of credit. They kept their possessions long on the offensive end and made us work, and they handled our pressure okay.”
Emily Tyner scored inside with 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Toledo it’s biggest lead of the game at 34-25, but Raymond’s Makenna Williams cashed in a 3 to keep things interesting in the final minute.
Anna Tauscher added 8 points for Toledo, which shot 12 of 38 (31 percent) from the field and went 9 of 15 at the foul line.
Ally Bacon, Emily Tyner and Haleigh Holmes all played well defensively, Layton added.
Toledo (15-6) moves on to the district quarterfinals, where the Indians face Pacific 2B League No. 2-seed Life Christian (14-3) on Saturday at a time and site to be determined.
“I know they’re really good, and we hope to be ready to play,” Layton said. “They’re physical, quick, and they can shoot, so it’s going to be a good game.”
MWP Can’t Get Past Valley
The Timberwolves had a lead, hit their shots and kept things close to the final minute.
Willapa Valley, though, just got hot at the right time.
The Vikings scored 26 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 56-52 win in the first round of the District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Chehalis.
The loss drops Morton-White Pass into a consolation game on Monday, while Willapa Valley moves on to the district quarterfinals.
A few too many turnovers and fouls hampered Morton-White Pass.
“It’s at the top of the keys to the game every night on our whiteboard — the keys are minimize our fouls and minimize turnovers,” MWP coach Tom Griffith said. “They know, we know, it’s just one of those things. Too many fouls you need to clean up a little bit, and too many turnovers that can be cleared up.”
Thirty-two MWP turnovers gave Willapa Valley plenty of extra opportunities, and the Vikings went 16 of 28 at the foul line.
Jacie Dunlap scored 20 to lead MWP, with Sierra Dotson chipping in 19 points with six rebounds.
Willapa Valley, though, tied things up for the first time since the tipoff with a 3-pointer from Hannah Cook late in the third quarter.
Cook went on to score 15 of her team-high 20 points in the fourth frame.
Dotson scored 8 straight MWP points to open the fourth, and a 3-pointer from Dunlap and then a bucket from Shaylee Peters gave MWP a 50-47 lead with 2 minutes, 15 seconds to play.
The Vikings, though, got a 3 from Britney Patrick, a free throw from Cameron Swartz and a putback from Cook to go up 53-50 with 36 seconds left. Dunlap stole the ball in the backcourt for an easy layup, but Katie Adkins hit a free throw and Cook converted two freebies with 9 seconds left to seal the win.
“It was just one of those kind of grind games where you’ve got to grind it out, and it was just back and forth,” Griffith said. “To Valley’s credit, they made some free throws down the stretch, and hit a couple big 3s that were pretty critical.
“It was that close,” he added. “A couple, two, three possessions made the difference.”
Flu season, too, took its toll on the Timberwolves.
“I’m not going to say we’re shorthanded, because everybody’s here, but I guarantee there’s about five of them playing sick, and by the fourth quarter that starts to show,” Griffith said. “You’ve just got nothing left in the tank, and you keep screaming at them to get back, get back, and they say ‘Hey, I’m trying.’ I know what that feels like, and I’m proud of the girls.”
The Timberwolves have just one senior — Dotson — on the roster, and the remainder of the players were in just their second district playoff game.
“It’s great experience for them,” Griffith added.
Patrick added 12 points for Willapa Valley, with Brooke Friese chipping in 10.
Morton-White Pass (13-9) plays on Monday against the loser of Saturday’s Ocosta/Wahkiakum quarterfinal game at a time and site to be determined. Willapa Valley (14-7) faces Central 2B League champion Napavine (19-1) on Saturday in the district quarterfinals at a site and time to be determined.
Mossyrock Takes Down South Bend
ROCHESTER — The Vikings got off to a hot start and never looked back, dropping South Bend 51-37 here Thursday in the opening round of the District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament.
Mossyrock led 18-3 after a quarter.
“We were pressing, and Stephanie Fried was all over tonight defensively,” Viking coach Autumn Moorcroft said. “We came out strong and tried to build on that.”
South Bend, though, adjusted, closing the gap to 10 at halftime and closing it to within 6 after back-to-back 3-pointers from Karley Reidinger in the fourth quarter.
Lainee Grose, though, answered with a 3 and the Vikings kept a comfortable advantage the rest of the way.
Grose finished with a game-high 16 points. Fried scored 12 with seven steals, and Paige Moorcroft added 7 points and seven rebounds.
Reidinger led South Bend with 16 points.
Mossyrock (15-5) moves on to the quarterfinals and faces Pacific 2B League champion Ilwaco (19-1) on Saturday at a time and place to be determined.
Adna Falls to Ocosta
ROCHESTER — Payton Aselton scored 21 points, but it wasn’t enough as Ocosta beat Adna 50-40 in a District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament first-round game here on Thursday.
Aselton and Sam Foster grabbed nine rebounds each.
The big difference was shooting, as Adna forced 27 Ocosta turnovers but shot just 23 percent from the field.
“Our shots, we can’t make them,” Adna coach Chris Bannish said, noting that his team attempted 20 more shots than Ocosta. “They know they have the green light to shoot them. We’ve got to make a few. We started to make some shots, and they kept turning the ball over and we made a run at them. Give it to my girls for the fight.”
Ocosta led 15-8 after a quarter and built a 22-12 lead at halftime. The Pirates improved in the second half and cut the lead to 5 with less than two minutes to go, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Adna (13-9) will play the loser of Saturday’s Napavine-Willapa Valley quarterfinal matchup on Monday, with the location and time to be determined.
INDIANS 35, SEAGULLS 30
Raymond 8 5 7 10 —30
Toledo 8 9 8 10 —35
Raymond (30) — Williams 9, Mora 4, Harland 8, Warnstadt 2, Miller 7
FG: 12 of 33 —.363 FT: 2 of 4 —.500 Reb. 20 (Harland 6)
Toledo (35) — H. Holmes 3, Bacon 2, Tauscher 8, Ewers 3, Tyner 4, Schaplow 15
FG: 12 of 38 —.316 FT: 9 of 15 —.600 Reb. 15 (Bacon, Ewers, Tyner, Schaplow 3)
VIKINGS 56, TIMBERWOLVES 52
Morton-WP 16 8 7 21 —52
Willapa Vly. 12 8 10 26 —56
Morton-White Pass (52) — Dunlap 20, Hampton 1, Peters 5, Collette, Smathers 3, Dotson 19, Salguero 4
FG: 19 of 37 —.514 FT: 8 of 12 —.667 Reb. 34 (Smathers 8)
Willapa Valley (56) — Cook 20, Adkins 6, Patrick 12, Friese 10, B. Betrozoff 2, Swartz 5, E. Layman 1
FG: 17 of 59 —.288 FT: 16 of 28 —.571 Reb. 27 (Patrick 7)
VIKINGS 51, INDIANS 37
South Bend 3 16 8 10 —37
Mossyrock 18 11 10 12 —51
South Bend (37) — Madina 2, Byington 8, Sanchez 10, Reidinger 16, Rohr 1
FG: N/A FT: 6 of 13 —.462 Reb. N/A
Mossyrock (51) — An. Nelson 3, Grose 17, Av. Nelson 5, Fried 12, Moorcroft 7, Edgar 7
FG: 16 of 42 —.381 FT: 15 of 25 —.600 Reb. 28 (Moorcroft 7)
WILDCATS 50, PIRATES 40
Adna 8 4 13 15 —40
Ocosta 15 7 12 16 —50
Adna (40) — El. Sliva 3, Kruger 5, Pannette 3, Aselton 21, Foster 4, Meister 4
FG: 17 of 72 —.236 FT: 3 of 7 —.428 Reb: 35 (Foster, Aselton 9)
Ocosta (50) — Denny 4, Snider 4, Hopfer 16, Barnum 14, Raffelson 8
FG: 18 of 53 —.339 FT: 10 of 16 —.625 Reb: 31