KELSO — For the second time this month, the Elma Eagles cut down the nets.
Elma defeated King’s Way Christian 48-37 in the 1A District IV championship game on Saturday at Kelso High School.
The Eagles cut down the nets when they won the Class 1A Evergreen League title on Feb. 1.
Elma’s Quin Mikel said being able to end the district tournament run by winning the title validates the work they have put in this season.
“This feels super good. All out hard work is paying off, finally,” she said.
Elma (22-2) was locked in a close match up with the Knights (16-7) in the first quarter as there were four lead changes in the opening eight minutes of action.
Elma was protecting a slim 12-11 lead heading into the second quarter and used a stout defense to help pull further ahead. KWC’s offesne was held to 2-for-11 shooting in the second quarter while the Eagles found success bringing the ball into the paint.
Both Mikel and Jalyn Sackrider were key in Elma expanding its lead, scoring nine of the Eagles’16 points in the second frame.
Elma built its lead to 28-15 lead by halftime but the Knights didn’t go quietly in the second half.
King’s Way went on an 11-0 run in the third frame and cut the lead to seven halfway through the fourth quarter.The Knights’ Mackenzie Ellerston began attacking the basket more often in the game’s final minutes and scored six of her team-leading 13 points in the final frame.
The Eagles did enough to hold off the Knights’ comeback attempt despite receiving some hard fouls.
“I thought they handled themselves really well in the last minutes,” Elma head coach Lisa Johnson said. “We were really composed given the fact that we were getting some super-hard fouls. We got to the line and put ourselves in a position to win.”
Kayli Johnson was on the receiving end of a foul that caused her to fall and hit her knee with 30 seconds remaining.
Johnson limped off the court with the help of her teammates, but the injury wasn’t serious enough to keep her from climbing a ladder to cut down part of the netting in the post-game celebration.
Coach Johnson said she was proud of the composure her team showed when the Eagles were trying to close out the victory.
“The last three minutes got a little crazy, but we played really well and had great second quarter,” she said. “The girls stepped up and did what they needed to do get the W.”
The Eagles will be placed in the top half of the regional bracket, where their next game in the Class 1A Regional Playoffs will determine their seeding in the state tournament.
Elma will get some time to recover from a hectic and weather-altered district tournament schedule with the next game taking place Feb. 22-23.
Coach Johnson is looking forward to a little recovery time before the next contest.
“We’re going to find out (our next opponent) soon and that’ll give us a couple of days off so we can recover and get back to it next week.”
1A District IV Consolation
Montesano 59, Tenino 51
Montesano kept its season alive by shutting down one of Tenino’s top scorers in the second half, allowing the Bulldogs to beat the Beavers 59-51 in the Class 1A District IV Tournament.
The Bulldogs (14-9) were down 35-31 at halftime after Tenino (15-8) got a stellar performance from Kaylee Schow, who scored 21 points in the first 16 minutes of play.
With Schow’s production slowing in the second half, Monte mounted a comeback with the help of Zoe Hutchings’ post play. Hutchings scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Monte.
While Hutchings was scoring on the inside, Gory Grubb did damage from the perimeter, hitting four 3-pointers.
Montesano will now face La Center in a game where the winner goes to the Class 1A Regional Playoffs.
Monte beat La Center 55-37 in the first round of districts and Montesano head coach Julie Graves said her team will need to come out with energy in the first half to duplicate that result.
“I like the way we’re playing right now, but we have to play with the same intensity we did in the second half,” she said. “In district basketball you have to step up a level.”
2B District IV Consolation
South Bend 43, Raymond 33
South Bend earned a trip to state with a 43-33 victory over Pacific County-rival Raymond in a 2B District IV Tournament on Saturday at Rochester High School.
Having played three games in four days, South Bend head coach Gary Wilson admitted both teams appeared “wore down,” but the Indians (15-9) got balanced scoring and another solid team-defensive effort to earn the victory and end Raymond’s season.
Leading 28-26 heading into the fourth quarter, South Bend exerted its will over the final eight minutes, outscoring Raymond (14-10) by eight points in the final period.
“It was a typical hard-fought game and the girls had to earn it down the stretch,” he said. “I am very proud of these kids for how hard they fought and how much this game meant to them.”
South Bend was led by Alise Rohr, who scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals in the contest.
“Alise played a monster roll in attacking the basket and drawing fouls,” Wilson said. “She really presented matchup problems for Raymond.”
Senior Jessica Sanchez scored 12 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists.
Fellow Indians’ senior Karley Reidinger filled up the stat sheet, scoring 11 points, snatching eight rebounds, dishing out four assists and recording five steals in the elimination-game victory.
— Ryan Sparks, Grays Harbor News Group
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
Seton Catholic 74, Montesano 48
A hot-shooting Seton Catholic team ended Montesano’s hopes for a regional playoff berth as the Bulldogs lost 74-48 on Saturday in Kelso, ending their season.
The Bulldogs (14-10) got off to a slow start offensively while the Cougars (15-8) wasted no time building a lead, hitting their first three 3-point attempts to kickstart an 11-1 run to open the game.
Monte struggled to get shots to fall from anywhere on the court and trailed 39-20 by halftime.
Sam Winter was one of the few Bulldogs able to score against the Cougars defense and led Monte with 19 points.
Winter’s offensive performance wasn’t enough to counter the Cougars’ scoring as Seton Catholic shot 12-for-22 from beyond the arc.
Montesano head coach Doug Galloway thanked his seniors for laying the foundation that the younger payers can build on heading into next season.
“I was very proud of my seniors. They’ve been great leaders and great teammates,” he said. “Those kids helped lay the building blocks for years to come. This one hurts, but if you’re asking me to look ahead, I’m excited about next year.”
Seton Catholic 27 12 21 14 – 74
Montesano 8 12 20 8 – 48
Top Players: Seton Catholic – Gabe Anderson (28 pts.), Xavian Rushing (15 pts.); Winter (19 pts.), Tanner Nicklas (10 pts.).
1A Boys District Tournament Consolation
Montesano 66, Hoquiam 38
Hoquiam couldn’t find the shooting touch and fell behind to a Montesano team that came out hot in a 66-38 loss on Friday in the Class 1A District IV Tournament.
The loss eliminated Hoquiam (11-12) from the postseason and allowed Montesano (14-10) to advance to the next stage of the consolation bracket where the Bulldogs lost to Seton Catholic.
Coming off of a win against Stevenson on Thursday night, Hoquiam tried to keep the momentum going against the Bulldogs, but couldn’t hit shots early on.
Hoquiam shot 2-of-11 in the first quarter and found itself down 20-5 after eight minutes of play.
Monte had a commanding 37-11 lead at the half, but Hoquiam showed some signs of life in the third quarter where the Grizzlies outscored the Bulldogs 20-15.
Sam Winter’s scoring played a big role in helping Montesano build its lead by scoring 21 points.
Though the effort was not enough to close the gap in the final period, Hoquiam benefited from Matt Brown’s scoring as the center put up 13 points.
Hoquiam will have its top three leading scorers returning next season and Hoquiam head coach Curtis Eccles thinks his seniors deserve credit for guiding the program in the right direction.
“I wanted to extend my thanks to my seniors. They’re going to be missed,” he said “This is not where we wanted to be but our senior leadership helped us make strides from where we were last year.”
Hoquiam 5 6 20 7 – 38
Montesano 20 17 15 14 – 66
Top Players: Hoquiam – Brown (13 pts.) Camero Bumstead (12 pts.) Rayyon Dayton ( 6 reb.); Montesano – Sam Winter (21 pts.).