Tuesday’s 2A Girls Basketball: W.F. West Fends Off Wolves for Top EvCo Seed

Images from an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game between W.F. West and Black Hills at W.F. West High School in Chehalis on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

SENIOR NIGHT: Haakenson Sisters, Brumfield Power Bearcats to 66-55 Win

By Matt Baide

mbaide@chronline.com

W.F. West’s Madi Haakenson and Drea Brumfield each recorded a double-double to lead the Bearcats to a 66-55 win over Black Hills in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game in Chehalis on Tuesday night.

The Bearcats are co-champs of the league but due to the 11-point win, W.F. West earned the top seed into the district tournament and will host Ridgefield in a quarterfinal game on Friday. It’s the second straight league title for W.F. West.

“It feels really good. This team, they’re a pretty special team,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said. “We’ve got three probable starters that aren’t playing and for them to come back, we beat Elma who was 18-1, Tumwater was 18-1 when we beat them. Black Hills, one of the better teams in the state in 2A, we beat some pretty good teams here and we’re starting to come together.”

Brumfield recorded 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Madi Haakenson tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds and each had three steals. Annika Waring contributed 16 points and nine rebounds and Maggie Vadala had eight assists for the Bearcats.

Maisy Williams had a double-double of her own for the Wolves with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Jordyn Bender tallied eight points.

Both teams shot about 44 percent and made nine free throws, but the Bearcats crashed the boards and outrebounded Black Hills, 44-32.

W.F. West scored the first eight points of the game but the Wolves got on the board and trailed 22-16 after one quarter. The Bearcats held Black Hills to eight points in the second quarter to lead 38-24 at halftime.

Black Hills had a 11-2 run to start the third quarter and cut the lead to 40-35 midway through the third. W.F. West got back on track but the Wolves lingered, down 49-41 going into the fourth quarter.

Brumfield hit some big 3-pointers in the fourth and Madi Haakenson was working inside with rebounds and layups to seal the win.

The Bearcats had 11 steals in the win, a big part of the game plan that fueled W.F. West to victory.

“We wanted to put a little pressure on them but we didn’t want to press for them to get easy buckets,” Kelly said. “We don’t press a lot, we want to jump into passing lanes in the half court and they did that in the first and second quarters especially.”

It was senior night for Courtney Bennett, Erika Brumfield and Madi and Sarah Haakenson. The seniors and the rest of the Bearcats will begin their quest to defend their district and state titles on Friday.

“I’m really excited. The champions don’t go lightly, we are the defending state champs and there’s a lot of girls on this team that were on that team,” Kelly said. “They’ve got big hearts, they play strong. They’re not going to take a back seat to anybody.”

Rochester Defeats Centralia for Final Spot Into Districts

Centralia led for three quarters against Rochester, but the Warriors took the lead in the fourth quarter and held on down the stretch for a 47-40 win in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game in Centralia on Tuesday.

The Warriors earned the No. 4 seed out of the EvCo into the District 4 tournament and will travel to Washougal, the No. 1 seed out of the Greater St. Helens League, and play at 7 p.m. on Friday in the quarterfinals.

Lexi Jones-Sederberg and Paige Winter each scored 16 points to lead the Warriors.

Kylie Sharp led the Tigers with 13 points and Danika Jensen grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

Each team shot 33 percent from the field while Rochester had a 33-31 edge on the boards.

Centralia led 13-8 after one quarter and kept it going in the second quarter for a 25-19 lead at halftime. Rochester closed the gap in the third quarter to trail just 36-35 going into the final quarter.

Centralia managed just four points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors hit enough free throws down the stretch to earn the win.

“End of the third, up one and things are going well. They didn’t change anything, they got a lead and we couldn’t buy a shot to fall,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said. “We couldn’t get to the line, give them credit. We had to end up fouling and they hit free throws at the end. Playoff position on the line and I think the girls did a great job of leaving everything on the court.”

It was the final prep basketball game for Centralia’s Hannah Porter, Laura Geringer, Makayla Erickson and Jensen. The Tigers ended the season 4-16 overall and 2-8 in EvCo games.

At Chehalis

BEARCATS 66, WOLVES 55

Black Hills 16 8 17 14 —55

W.F. West 22 16 11 17 —66

Black Hills (55) — Bender 8, Bovenkamp 4, Flores 6, Greenfield 5, Lee 3, River 7, Williams 20

FG: 22 of 50 —.440 FT: 9 of 14 —.643 Reb: 32 (Williams 14)

W.F. West (66) — Bennett 3, Brumfield 18, M. Haakenson 13, S. Haakenson 8, Mencke 5, Vadala 3, Waring 16

FG: 25 of 57 —.439 FT: 9 of 20 —.450 Reb: 44 (M. Haakenson 11, Brumfield 10)

At Centralia

WARRIORS 47, TIGERS 40

Rochester 8 11 16 12 —47

Centralia 13 12 11 4 —40

Rochester (47) — Bates 8, M. Elkins 2, Jones-Sederberg 16, Winter 16, Sand 4, E. Elkins 1

FG: 17 of 51 —.333 FT: 7 of 19 —.368 Reb: 33

Centralia (40) — Sharp 13, Jensen 4, Porter 6, Kaut 7, Corwin 2, Erickson 2, Strophy 6

FG: 17 of 51 —.333 FT: 2 of 3 —.666 Reb: 31 (Jensen 11)

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