Tuesday’s 2B Girls BB: Big Third Quarter Propels Vikings Past Indians
C2BL: Mossyrock, Napavine, Wahkiakum, MWP Pick Up League Wins
By Matt Baide
MOSSYROCK — It was a 3-point game at halftime, but Mossyrock outscored Toledo 21-9 in the third quarter to pull away and earn a 60-43 win in a Central 2B League girls basketball game here Tuesday.
Paige Moorcroft led the Vikings with 20 points and 16 rebounds and Stephanie Fried added 12 points.
Toledo was led by Kal Schaplow with 15 points and Anna Tauscher recorded 13 points.
The win puts the teams in a tie, with identical 9-3 records, for third place in the C2BL standings with four games left before the District 4 tournament. As the teams split regular-season games, a coin toss will determine seeding if the teams remain tied for third at the conclusion of the league schedule.
“Mentally, for my team, I think it’s big for us, because losing to them before, they’re a good team,” Mossyrock coach Autumn Moorcroft said. “Playing a good team, you get nervous, but seeing that we can play with these teams that are above us really helps mentally going further into the deep end of our conference.”
Toledo won the first matchup, 43-33, in Toledo in both teams’ third game of the season.
“I think they were just a little bit more physical than us. They had a lot of offensive rebounds,” Toledo coach Brian Layton said. “I thought they shot really well tonight and we knew they were one of the better teams coming in, so give them a lot of credit. I thought we played pretty hard.”
The first half was close, with Toledo leading 14-13 after the first quarter, but Mossyrock answered to take a 26-23 lead into halftime.
“I thought the first half we handled the press OK, and then in the third quarter, we didn’t handle it as well,” Layton said. “We had some careless turnovers and I think that’s when the game turned.”
It was all Vikings in the third quarter, as Mossyrock was able to frustrate Toledo on defense and work the ball to the post or an open shooter.
“We focused on that in practice,” Moorcroft said of the ball movement. “We watched film and we really hold the ball too much in our offense. It was our main emphasis tonight, is to move the ball, look into the post and see what’s open.”
Moorcroft noticed a big difference in her team compared to the first meeting between the two teams in December.
“The adjustments we made is to just be more confident with the ball,” Moorcroft said. “It was our third game of the year and we made errors not being confident at all. We threw it away and defensively, we didn’t get after it that night and tonight we turned that around.”
Toledo’s (11-4 overall) last four games are all at home, starting with second-place Wahkiakum on Thursday.
“We have Wahkiakum coming up so it’s not an easy week for us,” Layton said. “We’ll continue working on the defensive end and working on our rotations. Our rotations need to be quicker, I don’t think we had the best rotations tonight. The girls played hard and gave effort and that was our main thing.”
Mossyrock (11-4 overall) is back on the court on Thursday at Toutle Lake.
Olson, Tigers Shut Down Adna
ADNA — Napavine’s defense didn’t give Adna any room to operate here Tuesday night in a 47-18 Central 2B League girls basketball win.
Mollie Olson led league-leading Napavine with 20 points, and the Pirates managed just three field goals in the loss. Melissa Lee added 8 points, Sydney Purvis scored 7 and Becca Snaza chipped in 6 for the Tigers, who led 25-10 at halftime.
Pirate coach Chris Bannish, though, was happy with his team’s defensive effort.
“We’ve proven all year we can put together a defensive game plan,” he said. “It’s just, obviously, we struggle on the offensive end.”
Payton Aselton played well defensively in guarding Lee, he said, and Tyas Pannette played well checking Olson.
“To play against two players of that caliber and hold them, we were pretty happy with what we did, to be honest,” he added.
Emily Sliva led the Pirates with eight rebounds and 4 points. Aselton also added 4 points.
Adna (8-8, 6-6 league) plays at Onalaska on Thursday. Napavine (15-1, 12-0 league) plays at Pe Ell on Thursday.
Mace, Mules Stomp Past Winlock
WINLOCK — Paige Mace scored 19 points, Macie Elliott added 14 and Wahkiakum blew past Winlock, 80-13, here Tuesday in C2BL girls hoops action.
The Mules shot 33 of 63 (52 percent) from the field, eight players scoring at least 6 points.
“They’re pretty good. They shot the 3 well (7 of 15), and we just kept giving it to them,” Winlock coach Tori Nelson said. “They’re just good, and we’re not quite there offensively yet.”
Karlie Jones and Madison Lofberg each scored 4 for Winlock, with Jones adding eight rebounds.
Winlock (2-14, 1-11 league) plays at Kalama on Thursday.
Salguero Lifts MWP Over Pe Ell
MORTON — The Timberwolves got a big boost from a big freshman in the second half and pulled away for a 52-29 win over Pe Ell in C2BL girls hoops action.
Katie Salguero, a 6-foot-4 freshman post, played two JV quarters and then entered the varsity game in the third quarter with MWP up 17-16 at halftime.
Salguero scored 11 points with four rebounds in the final two quarters to help the Timberwolves pull away.
“Pe Ell didn’t have an answer for her. She’s good inside, when we get the ball in to her,” MWP coach Tom Griffith said. “To me, that was the difference in the ballgame.”
Sierra Dotson led MWP with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Jacie Dunlap added 10 points, and Shaylee Peters scored 10 with seven rebounds. Hannah Smathers added 5 points and eight rebonds.
Freshman Annika Mason led Pe Ell with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.
“She had a good game. She’s a good ballplayer,” Griffith said of the 5-foot-10 guard. “She’s going to be a good one.”
Morton-White Pass (10-6, 8-4 league) plays at Rainier on Thursday. Pe Ell (4-11, 4-8 league) hosts Napavine on Thursday.
Note: Onalaska beat Rainier, 46-34, on Tuesday night to improve to 5-7 in C2BL play (6-10 overall). The Loggers play at Adna on Thursday.
VIKINGS 60, INDIANS 43
Toledo 14 9 9 11 —43
Mossyrock 13 13 21 13 —60
Toledo (43) — K. Holmes 3, Tauscher 13, H. Holmes 6, Ewers 2, Tyner 4, Schaplow 15
FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb: N/A
Mossyrock (60) — Fried 12, An. Nelson 5, Grose 7, Hadaller 3, Moorcroft 20, Edgar 4, Av. Nelson 9
FG: 25 of 47 —.531 FT: 6 of 8 —.750 Reb: 43 (Moorcroft 16)
TIGERS 47, PIRATES 18
Napavine 13 12 9 12 —47
Adna 3 7 2 6 —18
Napavine (47) — Sevilla 3, Olson 20, Purvis 7, Snaza 6, Evander 3, Lee 8
FG: 14 of 49 —.285 FT: 16 of 21 —.762 Reb. 33
Adna (18) — F. Kennedy 2, Eko 1, Em. Sliva 4, Pannette 3, Aselton 4, Ashley 1, Meister 3
FG: 3 of 44 —.068 FT: 10 of 17 —.588 Reb. 27 (Em. Sliva 8)
MULES 80, CARDINALS 13
Wahkiakum 27 17 20 16 —80
Winlock 2 0 4 7 —13
Wahkiakum (80) — Fluckiger 6, Ashe 8, P. Mace 19, M. Mace 7, Elliott 14, Merz 8, Leitz 10, K. Watkins 8
FG: 33 of 63 —.524 FT: 7 of 17 —.418 Reb. 31
Winlock (13) — K. Jones 4, Allbritton 1, Lofberg 4, Squibb 2, J. Jones 2
FG: 6 of 31 —.194 FT: 1 of 3 —.333 Reb. 24 (K. Jones 8)
TIMBERWOLVES 52, TROJANS 29
Pe Ell 7 9 11 2 —29
Morton-WP 8 9 18 17 —52
Pe Ell (29) — Davis 5, Ward 3, Mason 18, Elliott 2, Nacht 1
FG: 11 of 38 —.289 FT: 2 of 11 —.182 Reb. 15 (Davis, Little, Mason 4)
Morton-White Pass (52) — Dunlap 10, Hampton 4, Peters 10, Smathers 5, Dotson 12, Salguero 11
FG: 19 of 60 —.317 FT: 11 of 20 —.550 Reb. 44 (Dotson 17)