Wednesday’s Boys Basketball: Senior Duo Leads Cards Over Indians
By Aaron VanTuyl
For The Chronicle
TOLEDO — The Cardinal boys basketball program had waited 11 years for a win over Toledo.
The two quarters they had to wait here Wednesday night for their senior stars to shine their brightest passed in the blink of an eye.
Coleson Richendollar and Bryce Cline each took over for a quarter in the second half, and Winlock pulled away late to beat rival Toledo, 57-43, in Central 2B League action.
The last time the Indians beat their cross-freeway rivals was Jan. 23, 2009 — a year Cline recited with no hesitation after Wednesday’s win.
“We looked forward to it, but we’re taking it game by game, and trying to work for it,” Cline said. “We did really well this week, and it was fun to come out and beat them after 11 years.”
More importantly, the win kept Winlock undefeated in C2BL play and alone atop the league standings at 7-0.
“You want to say it’s just another game on the schedule, but it’s not,” Winlock coach Nick Bamer said. “It’s a rivalry game. It’d be stupid of me not to acknowledge that. The boys are up for it, but it’s another league game that we have to take care of to get our ultimate goal.”
Cline exploded in the fourth quarter. He scored the first eight points in the final frame — on three fastbreak layups, with a putback of his own missed 3-pointer mixed in — to push Winlock’s lead to 48-29 with just over five minutes left.
The senior point guard scored 14 in the fourth frame to finish with 17 points.
“Bryce was pressing the whole time, and everybody has a game plan to take him away, so it’s a matter of him figuring out what they’re doing and adjusting,” Bamer said. “It took a while tonight, but I think Coleson going off in the third quarter really opened things up for him, too.”
Richendollar, meanwhile, made his mark in the third quarter. The 6-foot-3 guard broke free for a two-handed fastbreak dunk a few minutes after halftime to put Winlock up 31-20, then cashed in a pair of 3s that kept the Cardinals’ lead at 11 points going into the fourth.
“The dunk was amazing,” Cline said of Richendollar’s second slam this season. “He does it a lot during practice. He gets reps.”
Richendollar, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, has been solid all year, Cline said.
“He does everything for us. He rebounds, shoots, plays defense — he can do anything,” Cline added. “That’s the thing about him. If he’s on, he’ll keep hitting.”
Bamer added that forward Joe Welch and guard Noah Patching also played well in the win, while Nolan Swofford pitched in eight points for the Cardinals.
Toledo, meanwhile, struggled hitting through most of Wednesday’s contest, going 4 of 23 from long range and 15 of 50 from the field. Carlo Arceo-Hansen led Toledo with 12 points, nine of which came in the second half.
The Indians, in something of a rough season already by their own standards, were without senior forward Miguel Soto and had senior guard Duke Schaplow playing a limited role in his return from an illness. Toledo started a lineup featuring two freshmen and senior Walker Sorenson, who didn’t play last season.
Against a seasoned Winlock squad, the youth showed.
“We hung. We had a chance, but we made some stupid mistakes here and there, on our own end,” Fallon said. “The lack of experience is a factor. It’s not really an excuse this late in the game, but a factor.”
Jaxon Cook, the Indians’ 6-foot-5 freshman forward, blocked five shots, and Schaplow chipped in 10 points off the bench.
Toledo (6-11, 2-5 league) hosts Kalama on Friday, and closes out the regular season at Toutle Lake on Tuesday and at Napavine on Thursday.
Winlock (15-2 overall) hosts second-place Toutle Lake (14-3, 6-1 league) on Friday, then hosts Napavine on Tuesday and wraps regular season play at Adna on Thursday.
Loggers Whip Mules
ONALASKA — Carter Whitehead scored a game-high 21 points, Ashton Haight added 19 and Onalaska broke a two-game losing skid with a 73-56 hammering of Wahkiakum in Central 2B League action here Wednesday.
The Loggers raced out to an 11-0 run to start the game then surrendered a 16-0 run to the Mules and climbed back in it to trail 29-28 at the half. Coming out the locker room at the break it was all Ony.
The Loggers exploded for 45 second-half points, holding the Mules to just 27 en route to their first win since Jan. 22. Alex Frazier returned from injury to provide crucial minutes in the post, tallying a team-high five boards and playing exceptional defense, Ony coach Wayne Nelson said.
It was Haight’s best game of the year, Nelson said, as he added four rebounds and two assists to his 19 points. Whitehead had his usual game as the leading scorer, ripping through the Mules’ 1-2-2 defense.
“The second half they played with emotion,” Nelson said.
Onalaska improves to 12-5, 5-3 and travels to Mossyrock on Friday.
Vikings Can’t Hold Against Rainier
MOSSYROCK — The Vikings hung with Rainier until the half, tied at 25 a piece, but a 39-14 second-half run by the Mountaineers extinguished Mossyrock’s flames in a 64-39 Rainier victory here Wednesday.
The Mountaineers had four players in double-digit scoring, led by Jake Jeske’s game-high 15. Ian Sprouffske added 12, Logan Bowers 12 and Curtis Keller 10.
The Vikings were led offensively by Warren Nelson and Aiden West’s nine points each. It was a frustrating second-half collapse for the Vikings, coach Adam Deck said.
“We stopped doing everything we did well in the first half,” Deck said. “The first half is how I feel we can play all the time.”
Ball security and rebounding were the Vikings highlights in the first half, but once they came out the locker room it was like a light switched off.
“[Rainier] took advantage of us turning the ball over and not rebounding,” Deck said. “They knocked down shots and got to the line.”
The Vikings fell to 2-15, 0-7 on the year. They host Onalaska on Friday. Rainier improved to 10-8, 4-4 and host Morton-White Pass on Tuesday.
Tigers Stumble in Second Half
Kalama — Napavine stretched its lead to five late in the third quarter, then Kalama’s Ryan Cooney nailed three-consecutive 3-pointers to retake the lead for good for the Chinooks in their 59-56 wire-to-wire victory Wednesday.
Cooney finished with 13 points, along with Jack Doerty, and Jackson Esary scored a team-high 14 to help the Chinooks snap a five-game losing streak.
Napavine received excellent output from interior players Cade Evander and Keith Olson. Evander posted a game-high 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Olson wasn’t far behind, rattling off 17 points and 13 boards in the loss.
Both teams shot well, each hitting 43 percent of their shots from the floor. The Tigers won the rebound margin 38-33.
Kalama improved to 4-12, 2-5 and travel to Toledo Friday. Napavine fell to 10-6, 2-5 and play host to Adna on Friday.
Four Ducks Score in Double Digits to Down Adna
TOUTLE — The Ducks took advantage of a soft Adna defense in the early going here on Wednesday as they carved out a 72-50 victory in a Central 2B League boys basketball matchup.
Toutle Lake jumped out to a 22-8 advantage after one quarter and took a 43-22 lead into the half. Jackson Cox led the Ducks with 18 points while Broc Keeton and Zach Swanson notched 17 points apiece. Chase Hadaller added 14 points in the win.
“Our defensive effort in the first half really didn’t give us a good shot to beat a good team,” Adna coach Luke Salme said. “We did a really bad job of keeping guys in front of us, at least in the first half. If we’re going to give them 20 more shot attempts and they’re going to shoot 17 of 18 from the line we’re not going to beat them.”
Adna closed the gap a bit in the second half but never came close to digging out of the hole they’d already dug for themselves. The Pirates made 19 of 49 field goals on the night and knocked down half of their eight free throw attempts.
Braden Thomas led Adna with a game-high 24 points. Cole Fay added a dozen points and Tyler Minkoff chipped in six points in the loss.
“They were impressive,” Salme said of Toutle Lake. “Hopefully we can get into a position where we can play them again in a few weeks and give it a little bit different effort.”
Adna (9-8, 4-3 league) will play at Napavine on Friday.
Tigers Can’t Buy A Bucket at Tumwater
TUMWATER — On a night where Centralia’s Zach Kaiser set a career-high scoring mark nothing much else went right for the Tigers as they fell 78-45 to Tumwater in a 2A Evergreen Conference boys basketball contest.
Kaiser, a senior for Centralia who has made a name for himself on the practice floor more so than on game nights, finished the contest with his first, and only, career point thanks to a free throw that mercifully found its way through the cylinder. Aside from that highlight, which had Kaiser’s back slapping long after the game ended, there wasn’t a whole lot for the Tigers to celebrate.
The T-Birds took a 45-22 lead into the half and continued to add on the rest of the way. Tumwater knocked down nearly half of their 63 shots in the contest to keep the momentum on their side while Centralia made just 32 percent of their 52 shots.
Damon Gaither scored a game-high 15 points for the T-Birds while Jaylen Clay added 14 points. Kaden Lewis notched a dozen points for Tumwater and Peyton Peterson pumped in 10 points.
“They’ve got a lot of bodies that are pretty consistent,” Centralia coach Kyle Donahue said. “They can run a lot of kids off the bench so when they make substitutions there’s not a lot that changes for them in terms of ability.”
Jason Baum led Centralia with 10 points while Benito Valencia added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds. Braidyn Hoyt and Matt House also scored seven points apiece in the loss.
“I felt we played a fairly good game tonight. We actually took care of the ball fairly well in the first half but we had a few errors where we let them get offensive rebounds and easy putbacks,” Donahue added. “We’ve been working on passing the ball and swinging it to the open man and as a result we actually got a lot of open looks tonight we just didn’t put them in.”
Centralia (3-14, 2-5 league) will host Black Hills on Friday.
CARDINALS 57, INDIANS 43
Winlock 16 11 13 17 —57
Toledo 10 8 11 14 —43
Winlock (57) — Tiemens 6, Cline 17, Welch 5, Richendollar 17, Patching 4, Swofford 8
FG: 22 of 57 —.385 FT: 3 of 3 —1.000 Reb. 33 (Richendollar 10, Patching 7)
Toledo (43) — Bloomstrom 3, Arceo-Hansen 12, Glass 2, Cournyer 2, Gould 2, Schaplow 10, Cook 8, Sorenson 4
FG: 15 of 50 —.300 FT: 9 of 11 —.818 Reb. 21 (Cook 5)
LOGGERS 73, MULES 56
Wahkiakum 16 13 15 12 —56
Onalaska 11 17 24 21 —73
Wahkiakum (56) — Carlson 21, Leitz 15, LaVerge 9
FG: 23 of 42 —.548 FT: N/A —.350 Reb. 30
Onalaska (73) — Whitehead 21, Haight 19, Lawrence 13
FG: 31 of 61 —.508 FT: 2 of 6 —.333 Reb. 20 (Frazier 5)
MOUNTAINEERS 64, VIKINGS 39
Rainier 6 19 18 21 —64
Mossyrock 9 16 8 6 —39
Rainier (64) — Jeske 15, Sprouffske 12, Bowers 12, Keller 10, Rearden 6, Ronne 5, Green 1
FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb. N/A
Mossyrock (39) — Nelson 9, Aiden West 9, De Hoyos 6, Morgan 5, Cole 5, Bellino 3, Workman 2
FG: N/A FT: 12 of 17 —.705 Reb. 22 (Bellino 6)
CHINOOKS 59, TIGERS 56
Napavine 17 10 10 19 —56
Kalama 16 15 10 18 —59
Napavine (56) — Evander 18, Olson 17, Demarest 13, Stanley 3
FG: 22 of 51 —.431 FT: 7 of 17 —.412 Reb. 38 (Evander 14)
Kalama (59) — Esary 14, Doerty 13, Cooney 13, Cox 6, Mills 6, Brandenburg 2
FG: 26 of 61 —.426 FT: 2 of 7 —.286 Reb. 33 (Esary 6)
DUCKS 72, PIRATES 50
Adna 8 14 18 10 —50
Toutle Lake 22 21 16 13 —72
Adna (50) — Fay 12, Thomas 24, Collins 4, Ingle 4, Minkoff 6
FG: 19 of 49 —.387 FT: 4 of 8 —.500 Reb: N/A
Toutle Lake (72) — Keeton 17, J. Cox 18, Swanson 17, Hadaller 14, Lundquist 4, Nicholson 2
FG: 25 of 63 —.396 FT: 17 of 18 —.944 Reb: N/A
T-BIRDS 78, TIGERS 45
Centralia 12 10 8 15 —45
Tumwater 21 24 15 13 —78
Centralia (45) — House 7, Baum 10, Beairsto 6, Rice 3, Valencia 7, Kaiser 1, Hoyt 7, Erickson 4
FG: 17 of 52 —.326 FT: 8 of 12 —.667 Reb: 31 (Valencia 8)
Tumwater (78) — Peterson 10, Clay 14, Fields 2, Whalen 4, Lewis 12, Brewer 3, Oram 7, Dillon 1, Gaitheir 15, Jones 6, Otton 4
FG: 30 of 63 —.476 FT: 11 of 15 —.733 Reb: 30