Tuesday’s 2A Girls Basketball: Bearcats Roll Past Spudders Into District Semifinals
DEFENSE: W.F. West Records 25 Steals En Route to 65-31 Win
By Matt Baide
The offense wasn’t great for W.F. West in Chehalis on Tuesday, but the defense was top notch, forcing 25 steals to help the Bearcats earn a 65-31 win over Ridgefield in a District 4 2A girls basketball tournament quarterfinal game.
W.F. West will face Black Hills on Thursday in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. in Tumwater.
Madi Haakenson led the Bearcats with 16 points and eight rebounds. Maggie Vadala had eight steals and five assists and Drea Brumfield tallied nine points, six rebounds and four steals.
Devi Dugan led Ridgefield with eight points and Alicia Andrew grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Bearcats held Ridgefield to nine total field goals in the game and single digit scoring in all four quarters.
“I thought Ridgefield handled pressure well. Their point guard, they’ve got size, they’re a pretty good team. We didn’t take them lightly at all. I thought we played pretty good,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said. “Everybody got to play and a lot of these girls haven’t been in a district game before, these young ones. Their uniforms don’t fit real good but they wanted to go in.”
Ridgefield scored the first basket of the game, but the Bearcats quickly gained the lead. Kelly said he thought the snow days and the lack of practice were a factor in the slow start.
“It had a little bit at the beginning of the game. You weren’t real sharp and stuff and then we kind of caught fire,” Kelly said.
W.F. West held the Spudders to two points after the initial basket to gain a 14-5 lead after one quarter. W.F. West put their foot on the gas in the second quarter, scoring 23 points to take a 37-13 lead at halftime.
W.F. West struggled to begin the third quarter, so Kelly pulled his starters to try and spark his team.
“The third quarter, I thought we came out flat again. I don’t know what the deal is there but we’re going to talk about it. That’s why I put those other girls in to kind of spark us a little bit,” Kelly said. “I told those ones that I pulled out you don’t do that, you come out. That third quarter has been ours for the last three years, that’s what we talk a lot of pride in is the first three minutes of the third quarter. The last couple games haven’t been there.”
Each team scored nine points in the third, but W.F. West tallied 19 points in the final frame to assure the victory.
The Bearcats have defeated Black Hills twice already this season and will try to defeat the Wolves for a third time. W.F. West defeated Black Hills four times last season, including the district championship and in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
“Do what we did the first two times and I don’t like that. I don’t like that but that’s the way it is. It’s hard to beat a time three times they say, you know, last year we beat them four times and so it can be done,” Kelly said. “We’ve got to rebound against them, they have some size. They’ve got a couple shooters we need to get out on but if we rebound, we’ll be right there.”
Washougal Overwhelms Rochester
WASHOUGAL — Rochester played solid defense but their offense wasn’t up to par with their defense as Washougal earned a 44-29 win in a District 4 2A girls basketball tournament quarterfinal game here on Tuesday.
Lexi Jones-Sederberg led the Warriors with 12 points and Paige Winter tallied seven points. Madison Bates added six points.
Beyonce Bea scored 14 points and Skylar Bea added nine points for the Panthers.
The Warriors struggled shooting, making just seven field goals.
“I was really proud of our girls. They came and battled a talented team. The Bea sisters, they’re tall and athletic and we held them at bay,” Rochester coach Davina Serdahl said. “ Our girls certainly battle on the defensive end but we couldn’t make up for it on the offensive end. With their height and length, I was pleased with how we played.”
The teams were tied at eight after one quarter, but the Panthers gained a 19-15 lead at halftime. Washougal turned it on in the second half, outscoring Rochester 25-15 to hold on for the win.
“We hadn’t touched a basketball since Thursday and for us to come down and take on the No. 1 seed, I’m pleased the way we played. They gave me everything they had,” Serdahl said.
Rochester will take on Columbia River on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Black Hills in Tumwater in a loser out game.
BEARCATS 65, SPUDDERS 31
Ridgefield 5 8 9 9 —31
W.F. West 14 23 9 19 —65
Ridgefield (31) — Andrew 5, Chapman 3, Dewey 7, Dugan 8, Krsual 3, Oliver 5
FG: 9 of 42 —.214 FT: 9 of 18 —.500 Reb: 41 (Andrew 14)
W.F. West (65) — Bennett 9, Brumfield 9, M. Haakenson 16, S. Haakenson 7, Henry 2, McCallum 5, M. Mencke 2, Roberts 5, Vadala 3, Waring 7
FG: 27 of 56 —.482 FT: 7 of 11 —.636 Reb: 39 (M. Haakenson 8)
PANTHERS 44, WARRIORS 29
Rochester 8 7 5 10 —29
Washougal 8 11 10 15 —44
Rochester (29) — Bates 6, Jones-Sederberg 12, Winter 7, Sand 1, E. Elkins 3
FG: 7 of 47 —.148 FT: 15 of 19 —.789 Reb: 14
Washougal (44) — Cross 6, Mansfield 4, B. Bea 14, Gibbons 4, Stotts 7, S. Bea 9
FG: N/A FT: 16 of 26 —.615 Reb: N/A