Four Bulldogs scored in double figures as Montesano defeated the Tenino Beavers 71-43 on Tuesday in Montesano.
Led by senior point guard Braden Dohrmann’s 17 points, Montesano (13-5 overall, 6-0 Evergreen 1A) pulled away from Tenino (5-11, 0-5) by outscoring the Beavers 23-9 in the second quarter.
With a scrappy Tenino team leading 14-10 after the first quarter, Monte rallied to take a 15-14 lead on a three by Dohrmann and the Bulldogs were off to the races.
Monte made the most of its opportunities in the second quarter, largely due to a combination of an aggressive trapping defense, relentless rebounding and a high-octane fast-break offense.
With 5:38 left in the first half, Dohrmann scored on a layup and was fouled. The senior guard missed the free throw, but teammate Trace Ridgway grabbed the rebound and scored to complete a four-point swing and give Monte a 19-14 lead.
After Ridgway collected his own rebound and scored to make it a 21-14 game with approximately 5:00 left in the quarter.
Carter Olsen buried a 3-pointer to push Monte’s lead to double digits at 26-16 with 3:30 to go.
But Monte wasn’t done yet as Caydon Lovell scored on the fast break after a Monte steal and Olsen hit another three a little over a minute later to give the Bulldogs a 31-18 lead with 1:58 left in the first half.
Two free throws by Dohrmann put an exclamation point on Monte’s big second quarter, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 33-23 at the break.
Monte kept the pedal to the metal in the third quarter, outscoring the shell-shocked Beavers 26-6 in the frame to take a 59-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
Aside from Dohrmann’s 17 points, Ridgway (13 points), Olsen (12 pts.), and Cole Daniels (10 pts.) finished in double figures.
Logan Brewer led Tenino with 20 points.
The win gives Monte a commanding lead in the 1A Evergreen League. The Bulldogs currently have a 2-1/2 game lead over Forks and Elma, which are tied for second place.
The Bulldogs play at Forks on Friday and host Elma on Thursday, Feb. 6 to close out the regular season. Both games scheduled for 7 p.m.
Elma 52, Hoquiam 41
Sawyer Witt’s breakout game led the Elma Eagles to a 52-41 over the Hoquiam Grizzlies on Tuesday in Hoquiam.
Witt scored 24 points on six 3-pointers, five of those coming in the first half, to go along with four blocks in a stellar performance.
“Sawyer’s hot shooting really kept us in it in the first half and gave us a spark,” Elma head coach Jeff Niemi said.
Cobey Moore added 14 rebounds, 12 of those on the offensive glass, to lead Elma (9-8, 3-2).
The Eagles outrebounded Hoquiam (5-10, 1-4) 47-23, including a 21-9 advantage on the offensive boards.
Brady Johnston scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Elma.
Nick Church grabbed nine rebounds, had seven assists and two steals and Josiah Jones grabbed five rebounds off the bench filling in for Johnston, who fouled out with four minutes to go in the game.
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Montesano 55, Tenino 16
McKynnlie Dalan scored 19 points to lead Montesano (11-7, 6-0 Evergreen 1A) to a 55-16 victory over Tenino (6-9, 2-3) on Tuesday in Tenino.
Zoe Hutchings added 13 points and Paige Lisherness added nine points for Montesano, which hold a 1-1/2 game lead over Elma for the top spot in the 1A Evergreen League.
Elma 78, Hoquiam 28
Jalyn Sackrider scored 26 points to lead the Elma Eagles (11-6, 4-1) to a 78-28 victory over Hoquiam (2-13, 0-5) on Tuesday in Hoquiam.
Quin Mikel and Kali Rambo added 16 and 14 points for Elma, respectively, as the Eagles opened up a 31-4 lead after one quarter.
Raymond 61, Life Christian 38
Kyra Gardner scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Raymond (16-1, 14-1 Pacific 2B) to a 61-38 win over Life Christian Academy (5-11, 5-10) on Tuesday in Tacoma.
Gardner also had six assists and seven steals in the game.
Alia Enlow added eight points and eight rebounds for the Seagulls, which remain a game behind Ilwaco for first place in the 2B Pacific League.
Willapa Valley 59, Ocosta 18
Katie Adkins scored 22 points to lead Willapa Valley (11-6, 10-5 Pacific 2B) to a 59-18 victory over Ocosta (0-17, 0-15) on Tuesday in Westport.
The Vikings shot 22-of-48 (46%) from the field and held Ocosta to 4-for-43 (9%) shooting.
Cami Swartz scored eight points, had five blocks and four assists for Willapa Valley, which sits one game behind Chief Leschi for third place in the Pacific League.
Chief Leschi 69, South Bend 31
Alicia Pluff scored 28 points as Chief Leschi (12-5, 11-4 Pacific 2B) handed South Bend (6-11, 6-9) its fourth straight loss, 69-31, on Tuesday in South Bend.
Zaira Medina led the Indians with 14 points.
South Bend shot 13-for-36 (36%) from the field, but committed 30 turnovers which led to easy transition buckets for the Warriors.
Taholah 67, Lake Quinault 40
Precious Crossguns scored 21 points to lead the Taholah Chitwhins (9-5, 7-0 Coastal 1B) past the Lake Quinault Elks (3-10, 2-4 Coastal 1B) 67-40 on Tuesday at Lake Quinault High School.
Nakeah McCrory and Ruby Pope added 15 and 11 points for the Chitwhins, respectively.
Kat Neeland scored 11 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, dished out seven assists and recorded seven steals for the Elks.
Wishkah Valley 37, North River 19
Brooke Haskey grabbed 24 rebounds to lead Wishkah Valley (3-8, 3-4 Coastal 1B) to a 37-19 victory over North River on Tuesday at Wishkah Valley High School.
Baylee Buchanan and Erica Bomhoff scored nine points each for the Loggerettes.