Macie Elliott and Jansi Merz combined for 40 points as the Wahkiakum Mules stampeded to a 67-39 victory over Toledo in a nonleague game on Friday in Cathlamet.
Elliott finished with a game-high 24 points, seven steals and five assists, and Merz had 16 points and six rebounds.
“Jansi had a breakout game,” Wahkiakum coach Rob Garrett said. “When she learns to keep her head up, she’s going to be a force.”
Charlie Ashe added 10 points and four assists. Ellie Leitz grabbed seven rebounds, Paige Mace dished seven assists, and Kimberlee Watkins grabbed five rebounds.
“We left our starters in the fourth quarters to build their stamina,” Garrett added. “Last year at state when they had to play extended minutes they got tired. That’s not going to happen to us this year.”
Kal Schaplow paced Toledo with 19 points.
Kalama 47, Seton Catholic 45: Lily Given’s buzzer-beater off an assist from Gracie Stemkoski was the game-winner for the Chinooks in a nonleague game at Virgil Simmons Court on Friday. Stemkoski hit a pair of threes in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to keep Kalama close. Ryann Bailey and Nicole Settles scored 10 points apiece, Akura Rocha had nine points and 12 rebounds, Taylor Tabor dished six assisets, and Matti Olson had seven steals.
Ilwaco 55, Northwest Christian 7: Erika Glenn had 17 points and eight steals to lift the Fishermen to a Pacific League victory on Friday in Olympia. Ebby McMullen had 11 points, and Sunny Kemmer grabbed seven rebounds.
Woodland 59, La Center 52: Audrey Adams scored 19 points with 16 rebounds and six steals in the Beavers’ nonleague home win Friday. Coach Glen Flanagan said Adams was “the spark and the glue tonight for us.” Flanagan also applauded the efforts of Kaija Olson and Kelly Sweyer for their defensive work.
Onalaska 56, Winlock 38: The Cardinals had a tough time at the free throw line and turned the ball over 26 times in their nonleague loss Friday. Addison Hall did score 14 points, though, and Madison Lofberg followed up with eight points.
Castle Rock 47, Fort Vancouver 45 (OT): Payton Kessler hit two free throws and put the Rockets up three before Fort Vancouver hit a bucket to send it to overtime. The Rockets came out victors of the nonleague road tilt on Friday, though, led by Kaitlyn Sullivan’s 12 points. Rock also played the latter minutes of the game without its two point guards after both fouled out.
Rainier (Wash.) 70, Toutle Lake 35: Stevi Jones grabbed six boards while Madison Hald and Jordyn Grabenhorst grabbed four rebounds apiece in the Ducks’ nonleague home loss Friday. Rainier jumped out to a 39-19 halftime lead on the back of freshman Kaeley Schultz, who finished with 31 points. Keeley Studebaker-Smith led Toutle Lake with 15 points.
Rainier 30, Catlin Gabel 22: Hannah Biddix led the Columbians with eight points in Rainier’s nonleague road win Friday. It was a low scoring affair, but Rainier coach Doug Knox said “we persevered and played good defense” in the victory.
Evergreen 56, Mark Morris 29: The Monarchs came out on the wrong end of a nonleague game at Ted M. Natt Court on Friday. No additional details were available.
Montesano 70, Castle Rock 34: Brooke Wirkkala scored 13 points and Zoe Naugle had 10 in a nonleague defeat on Thursday in Montesano. The Rockets were 16 of 53 from the field, but did not shoot a free throw.
Kelso 44, Glacier Peak 41: Riley Noah hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and netted a pair of free throws with six seconds left to lift the Hilanders to a nonleague victory on Friday at home. Noah finished with 15 points, and Shaw Anderson added 12. “We had only two turnovers,” Kelso coach Joe Kinch said. “We allowed five offensive rebounds, including two after the first quarter.”
Northwest Christian 59, Ilwaco 57 (OT): Reese Tynkila had a huge night with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but the Fishermen dropped a Pacific 2B League game on Friday in Olympia. “Reese carried the load for us,” Ilwaco coach Tim Harrell said. Ilwaco led by six with two minutes to go, and by two in the closing seconds when the Navigators netted the game-tying shot at the end of regulation. In overtime, Ilwaco had a two-point lead in the closing seconds, but NWC came back and netted the game-winner.
Montesano 73, Castle Rock 48: The Rockets took a nonleague home loss Friday in their third game over four days. Montesano jumped out to a 40-21 lead with a pressuring defense that Castle Rock couldn’t break through. Connor Edwards led the Rockets with 16 points.
Catlin Gabel 61, Rainier 58: The Columbians dropped a nonleague game in Portland on Friday. No additional details were available.
Fort Vancouver 1969, Kelso 1585: The Lassies dropped a Greater St. Helens League match at Crosley Bowl on Friday in Vancouver. No additional match details were available.
Lower Columbia 68, Skagit Valley 63: Shasta Lofgren netted a game-high 22 points, pulled 10 rebounds, dished five assists and made three steals for the Red Devils in an opening round victory at the Everett Classic women’s basketball tournament on Friday in Everett.
LCC (3-4) led 38-36 at halftime, but trailed 52-50 entering the fourth quarter.
Kenya Lorton added 16 points, three rebounds and three assists, and Emily Packham had 10 points and four rebounds. Nizhoni Wheeler grabbed six rebounds, and Madison Mosier chipped-in seven assists and five rebounds.
LCC plays Spokane in the tournament at 6 tonight.