The announcer playfully listed Audrey Adams at 6-foot-7 while calling the starting lineups. She stands 12 inches shorter, but perhaps it was more a prediction than a description.
Because Adams played more like an NBA-sized guard than an undersized high school post in Woodland’s 62-55 win over Hockinson on Monday in Woodland.
Adams scored a career-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and hauled in 16 rebounds as the Beavers (13-7, 7-5) dominated the glass in the playoff-clinching Greater St. Helens 2A League victory.
“I’m not 67, so a lot of it is just knowing I have to work hard,” Adams said. “And I think I just really love playing this game. It’s my favorite thing to do.”
The Beavers are still in contention for the No. 2 seed and another home game. If Columbia River loses to league champion Washougal on Tuesday, the Chieftains and Beavers play on Wednesday at Ridgefield to determine the No. 2 and 3 seeds.
“Our mindset is just that we want to win; we want to keep going,” Adams said. “It’s just a lot of heart. That’s my favorite word to describe our team.”
And if the Beavers play like they did on Monday night — minus an odd run late in which the Hawks cut a 17-point lead to six points in less than 30 seconds — they ought to be a threat in the Southwest 2A District Tournament.
Payten Foster scored 22 points on 10-22 shooting and hauled in eight rebounds, and Nicole Guthrie scored 10 points and grabbed 13 caroms. Woodland outrebounded Hockinson 49-21 on the evening.
“I saw the conglomeration of everything we’ve been working on,” coach Glen Flanagan said. “The patience, moving the ball, getting it to the bigs, crashing the boards. Everything is coming together as far as the little things, and they add up.”
After a 15-15 first quarter in which the lead changed five times, Woodland went on a 9-3 run to end the first half up 30-23. Foster scored six points off the bat in the second half, as Woodland went on a 7-0 run, and didn’t allow a field goal until the four-minute mark of the third.
Hockinson drew back to within five points early in the fourth quarter, but Nicole Guthrie made a bucket, and hit two free throws two possessions later. Foster’s lone 3-pointer put Woodland up 49-38 and it was fairly smooth sailing until the clock ticked under a minute.
With a 17-point lead and the substitutes coming on with 90 seconds to go, Emma Dietel had two steal-and-scores, and Kylie Ritter knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 60-53. Mackie Kelly added another basket to cut the deficit to 60-55 with 20 seconds to go, but time ran out on the Hawks’ playoff hopes.