Tuesday’s 2B Girls Basketball: Aselton Leads Adna Past Morton-White Pass
By Matt Baide
ADNA — Payton Aselton scored 26 points to lead Adna to a 45-23 win over Morton-White Pass in a Central 2B League girls basketball game here on Tuesday.
The win ties Adna for fifth with MWP in the Central 2B League standings. Each team has one game remaining in the regular season, and a coin flip will decide the higher seed if the teams are still tied after Thursday.
“It’s big because the first time we played them, we had just lost (Darian) Humphrey to an ACL so we were still adapting. We know one thing, that we teach defense here and they’ve bought in,” Adna coach Chris Bannish said. “For them to only give up 23 points says a lot to where we were, we went up there and lost by three. To get this one is big, it comes down to a coin flip tomorrow for 5th or 6th, but 5th is a better spot.”
Adna was able to bounce back from a 36-32 loss to MWP earlier this season.
“Our whole defensive philosophy and what we were trying to do. Our rotations weren’t right, we were still young trying to play our style. We just have youth stepping up. We have sophomores and freshman that have played all year now and they’re starting to show it,” Bannish said. “I knew they could get there, but we know we’re at a scoring disadvantage every night. But in our house…we’re holding people down, but we’ve got to get better on the offensive end and we know that. The big thing for us is when we were up there, we shot 17 more times than them and we turned them over 10 more times and you’re supposed to win those games, but we didn’t.”
Aselton carried the load for the Pirates with her 26 points and team-high 6 rebounds. Abby Kruger added 8 points for Adna.
“She’s (Aselton) as good of a sophomore as I’ve had here. It’s not really offensively, that’s coming, but she’s as good defensively as anybody in the league,” Bannish said. “You usually don’t ask your best player to play on their best player and then create everything for you.”
Shaylee Peters scored 7 points to lead MWP. Hannah Smathers added 6 points and Sierra Dotson grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Timberwolves had trouble on the offensive end, shooting just 17 percent from the field and converting 47 percent of their free throws.
“Obviously didn’t play very well. Don’t know why for sure, we struggled defensively in our man to man, we struggled offensively to score, missed a lot of easy shots inside that would have made it a lot closer game but didn’t convert,” Morton-White Pass coach Tom Griffith said. “That forced us to rely on the outside shot and we weren’t hitting those very well, that just led to a struggle offensively. Adna played a lot better than when we played them the first time so credit to them.”
Adna led 7-6 after the first quarter, but scored 17 points in the second quarter to lead 24-12 at halftime. The Pirates held the Timberwolves to just two points in the third quarter to pull away for the win.
Adna (11-8, 9-6) travels to Pe Ell on Thursday while MWP (11-8, 9-6) hosts Onalaska in Randle on Thursday to wrap up the regular season.
Napavine Dominates Onalaska
NAPAVINE — Mollie Olson scored 26 points to lead Napavine to a 68-23 win over Onalaska in a Central 2B League girls basketball game here on Tuesday.
Melissa Lee added 13 points and Becca Snaza was the other Tiger in double figures with 10 points. Carmen Cleveland-Barrera led Onalaska with 7 points.
The Tigers led 17-1 after the first quarter and 44-8 at halftime to cruise to the win.
Napavine (18-1, 15-0) hosts Rainier Thursday on senior night while Onalaska (7-12, 6-9) ends the regular season against Morton-White Pass in Randle on Thursday.
Mossyrock Cruises Past Winlock
MOSSYROCK – All four seniors for Mossyrock scored in double digits to lead the Vikings to a 57-16 win over Winlock in a Central 2B League girls basketball game here on Tuesday.
Stephanie Fried led the way with 14 points and Paige Moorcroft added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Lainee Grose and Ava Nelson each scored 11 points.
Cheleena Squibb led Winlock with 8 points.
The Vikings led 16-2 after one quarter and extended the lead to 29-8 at halftime to cruise to the win in the second half.
“It was senior night. Our defense set us apart, we pushed the ball well, we played well all around,” Mossyrock coach Autumn Moorcroft said. “It was a great night for my seniors. Getting a win in your last home game is a great memory for them, it was a great night.”
Mossyrock (14-4, 11-4) travels to Cathlamet on Friday for a girls-boys doubleheader to wrap up the regular season. Winlock (2-17, 1-14) hits the road to face Toutle Lake on Thursday.
Toledo Fights Past Toutle Lake
TOLEDO — Toledo’s Kal Schaplow scored 16 points to lead the Indians to a 57-40 win over Toutle Lake in a Central 2B League girls basketball game here on Tuesday.
Kyleigh Holmes had 11 points and 8 rebounds and Anna Tauscher recorded 10 points and 6 assists.
Ally Bacon and Alyssa Ewers each had 4 assists and Ewers added 3 steals for Toledo.
The Indians started strong and led 12-3 after the first quarter. Each team scored 16 points in the second quarter, but Toledo outscored Toutle Lake 29-21 in the second half for the win.
“I thought we played unselfish. We really shared the ball which was great to see,” Toledo coach Brian Layton said.
Toledo (13-6, 11-4) hosts Kalama on Thursday in the regular season finale.
PIRATES 45, TIMBERWOLVES 23
Morton-WP 6 6 2 9 —23
Adna 7 17 8 13 —45
Morton-White Pass (23) — Dunlap 3, Hampton 2, Peters 7, Smathers 6, Dotson 2, Davis 2, Salguero 1
FG: 7 of 43 —. FT: 9 of 19 —.473 Reb: 43 (Dotson 13)
Adna (45) — El. Sliva 1, Em. Sliva 4, Kruger 8, Aselton 26, Foster 4
FG: 16 of 61 —.262 FT: 9 of 14 —.642 Reb: 31 (Aselton 6)
TIGERS 68, LOGGERS 23
Onalaska 1 7 2 13 —23
Napavine 17 27 14 10 —68
Onalaska (23) — Rich 1, Vint 6, Sabin 3, Morris 2, Holmes 2, Cleveland 7, Bogar 2
FG: N/A FT: 3 of 12 —.250 Reb: N/A
Napavine (68) — Sisson 2, Sevilla 6, Stewart 2, Olson 26, Purvis 9, Snaza 10, Lee 13
FG: N/A FT: 3 of 5 —.600 Reb: N/A
VIKINGS 57, CARDINALS 16
Winlock 2 6 6 2 —16
Mossyrock 16 13 16 12 —57
Winlock (16) — K. Jones 2, Squibb 8, J. Jones 6
FG: 6 of 27 —.222 FT: 4 of 7 —.571 Reb: N/A
Mossyrock (57) — Fried 14, An. Nelson 3, Grose 11, Hadaller 3, Moorcroft 13, Edgar 2, Av. Nelson 11
FG: 20 of 64 —.312 FT: 16 of 28 —.571 Reb: 31 (Moorcroft 8)
INDIANS 57, DUCKS 40
Toutle Lake 3 16 10 11 —40
Toledo 12 16 13 16 —57
Toutle Lake (40) — M. Donald 12, A. Donald 9, Hald 2, Studebaker 12, Jones 5
FG: N/A FT: 2 of 7 —.285 Reb: 18
Toledo (57) — K. Holmes 11, Bacon, Richardson 5, Tauscher 10, H. Holmes 4, Ewers 2, Tyner 8, Schaplow 16, Spahr 1, Madill, Cline-Maier, Murphy
FG: N/A FT: 3 of 6 —.500 Reb: 22 (K. Holmes 8)