Kelso topples Mt. View to stay in running for second place
Jordan Nailon The Daily News
VANCOUVER — The Lassies assembled a strong second half on Monday to defeat Mt. View 48-36 and remain in the hunt for second place in the 3A Greater St. Helens League race.
Kelso was down 24-19 at halftime and turned up the heat at both ends of the court after the break to beat the Thunder 29-16 in the last two quarters.
Lexi Grumbois led Kelso with 17 points and seven steals. Emily Roe added nine points with eight rebounds and four blocks to the win. Bregan Ruhland took seven points for the Lassies.
Kelso (8-9, 3-3) currently sits third in the 3A GSHL, two games behind Evergreen with two games remaining in the regular season schedule. The Lassies will play at Heritage on Wednesday before hosting Evergreen on Friday at 7pm
Niemeyer nets 23 for Wahkiakum in Win Over Cards
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WINLOCK — Reigha Niemeyer scored a game-high 23 points for Wahkiakum on Monday as the Mules chased Winlock for a 51-40 win in C2BL action.
Wahkiakum won every quarter and led 32-22 at the break. Bailey McKinley added 14 points for the mules and Miya Kerstetter added seven points to the win.
Winlock peaked at 14 points in the second quarter to keep the game tight and then put together a run in the second half to keep things interesting. Kindyl Kelly led the hosts with 17 points and seven rebounds. However, the Cardinals couldn’t hit double digits in any other frame as the mules dragged down the track.
“We were five points behind at 1:30 into the game and Wahkiakum hit several crucial free throws to win the game,” said Winlock coach Dracy McCoy.
Natalie Cardenas grabbed six rebounds to go with two points for Winlock. Kiya Peppers scored 10 points and Adriana Garcia contributed six in the loss.
“Cali Geehan showed great play off the bench and Kindyl showed strong all-around play,” McCoy said. “I’m proud of our performance tonight. When we played Wahkiakum for the first time, they beat us by 47 points. The girls have come a long way since that game.”
Winlock (6-12, 1-10) is still looking for an open spot in his schedule to catch up on a previously postponed contest against Toledo that would help sort out the final playoff spots from the C2BL. The Cardinals play in Napavine Wednesday to complete their league roster.
Toledo crashes against Mounties
RAINIER, Wash. — The Riverhawks couldn’t muster enough offense to keep up with the Mountaineers on Monday, falling 38-22 in a Central 2B League girls basketball tilt. Toledo were chasing a win as they attempted to secure seventh and final playoff berth from the league.
Rainer went off for 19 points in the first quarter to secure an 11-point lead. Toledo’s defense woke up shortly after and kept things close, but the offensive never found its mark.
Acacia Murphy scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Mountaineers and Angelica added eight points. The hosts led 27:12 at halftime before the hit rate dropped significantly after the break.
“We didn’t start the way I wanted,” said Toledo coach Randy Wood. “‘We came out and held them to two points in the third quarter, but we didn’t really make it work ourselves.”
Ryah Stanley scored 13 points to lead Toledo, but no other Riverhawks broke double digits. Paige Hill was second in the visitors’ standings with four points and five rebounds. Abbie Marcil scored two points for Toledo with six team-high rebounds.
With one game left, the Riverhawks are still trying to figure out where they stand in the C2BL. Toledo are still awaiting a final verdict on their rivalry contest with Winlock, which was postponed in mid-January. If the Riverhawks can reschedule this game, a win could put them seventh in the C2BL ahead of Kalama.
“We have yet to beat MWP to make it worthwhile,” Wood said.
Toledo (6-12, 3-8) will host Morton-White Pass for seniors night at 6pm on Wednesday.
‘Corners fall on No. 3 Napavine
KALAMA — The Chinooks were overwhelmed in a C2BL tilt on Monday, falling 63-32 to league leaders Napavine in a C2BL tilt.
The Tigers turned a 13-point lead after a quarter into a 33-9 lead at halftime. Morgan Hamilton led Napavine with 11 points and Keira O’Neill added 10.
“We had a number of unforced and forced turnovers tonight. We’re still working on finding our zen against strong teams,” said Kalama coach Amber Doerty. “I have to say that we have improved enormously and the result does not reflect the intensity with which we played tonight.”
Reese Johnston led Kalama with a game-high 22 points and scored every one of the Chinooks’ 14 points in the fourth quarter. She was the only Chinook to score more than four points.
Aubrey Doerty had nine rebounds with four steals and three assists in the loss. Bridgette Hollifield added five assists for the Nooks and Hannah Johnson pulled down six rebounds.
Kalama (8-10, 4-9) is currently in seventh and last place at the district tournament and has completed its league schedule. The Chinooks were scheduled to play at the Three Rivers Christian on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Warfield, McKinstry double-double brought Ilwaco over Warriors
PUYALLUP — Mikaila Warfield, just an eighth grader, is already reaching out to Ilwaco as the Fishermen chase a Pacific 2B League title. On Monday, Warfield hit a double-double with 16 points and 18 rebounds as the Fishermen defeated Chief Leschi 56-42.
Ilwaco found themselves just two points clear at halftime (23-21) before making the adjustments needed to secure the breakup after the break.
Olivia McKinstry added 13 points with 11 rebounds for the Fishermen and Julianna Fleming pulled down eight boards.
“Warfield, McKinstry and Fleming held the key for us,” said Ilwaco coach Ned Bittner.
Zoey Zuern scored nine points for the Fishermen and Sophia Bittner chipped five to help the visitors pull away down the course.
“(Our) guards handled the ball well and put the brakes on Tala Mitchell,” said coach Bittner.
Mitchell scored 16 points to lead the Warriors and JoAnne Satiacum-Billie added 10 points.
Ilwaco (14-3, 9-2) hosts North Beach on Wednesday to complete their regular-season roster. A win over the Hyaks would give the Fishers a share of the league title for the first time in six years as league champions between 2016 and 2020.
Comets illuminate Pe Ell
NASELLE — Lauren Katyryniuk led all scorers with 19 points on Monday as the Comets defeated Pe Ell in a 58-32 win in the 1B Columbia Valley League game.
Naselle outperformed the Trojans in every quarter and went into the break 25-14. With a comfortable lead, the Comets were able to empty the bench early and get plenty of minutes for everyone in the roster.
“My girls moved the ball well on offense and we made great passes,” said Naselle coach Marie Green.
Bella Colombo added 13 points with five rebounds and six assists in the win and Kaylin Shrives had 10 points with eight rebounds and three steals. Aubrey Katyryniuk scored nine points with four steals for the Comets.
“We’re moving in the right direction and we need that for the rest of this week and into next week’s playoffs,” Green added.
Naselle currently holds third place in the league standings. If the current table stands, the Comets will host Wishkah Valley in a loser-district playoff game next Tuesday.
Naselle (10-8, 7-4) will play at Mary M. Knight on Wednesday and then host for seniors night at Three Rivers Christian at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Rainier lets Corbett take an early lead
CORBETT, Ore. – The Colombians carved out a 13-11 lead after a quarter on Monday but failed to maintain the good time in a 62-29 loss to Corbett in the 3A Coastal Range League game.
Lilli Dean led Rainier with nine points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, but it wasn’t enough as the Colombians were beaten 51-16 in the last three quarters.
Lilly Langhorne added six points and seven rebounds and Lacey Makinson had eight points with six assists and four steals.
Rainier (6-13, 2-6) will play at Banks on Wednesday.
Helmen, Sizemore put Clatskanie over Gaston
GASTON, Ore. – Maya Helmen posted a game-high 22 points Monday and registered six assists for Clastkanie in a 67-35 win over Gaston in a 2A Northwest League event.
The Tigers jumped to an eight-point lead in the first quarter and went into the second quarter with 24 points and a 42-21 lead.
Joey Sizemore hit a whopper of a double-double for Clatskanie with 18 points, 22 rebounds, eight steals, six assists and four blocks. Kylie Thomas scored 14 points for Clatskanie and Bekah Hagen added six points with 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Clatskanie finished the game strong, winning the fourth quarter 19-6. Karielle Carlson snagged eight rebounds as the Tigers hosted a glass cleaning clinic.