Wahkiakum’s girls’ basketball had a team meeting a week ago to figure out how to become more well-rounded as a team.
“We needed our role players to not be so passive,” Mules coach Rob Garrett said.
The result has been a pair of well-balanced contests in convincing Mules victories. Most recently, three players scored in double figures in a 66-36 victory over Morton-White Pass on Friday in Cathlamet.
Ellie Leitz finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Mckensi Fluckiger and Maddy Mace each put up 14 points and Jansi Merz chipped in seven rebounds.
“It’s going to make us a lot tougher to guard, and beat,” Garrett said.
Napavine 58, Kalama 13: Akura Rocha tallied a team-high five points as the Chinooks dropped the Central 2B League contest to one of the league powers. “They’re a good team,” Kalama coach Brynan Shipley said. Gracie Stemkoski added three points.
Rainier 48, Catlin Gabel 17: Reese Schimmel paced the Columbians with 11 points and Desirae Hansen nearly pulled off a quadruple-double in the Columbians’ Lewis and Clark League victory. Hansen tallied 10 points, nine rebounds, nine steals and 10 assists before playing minimal time in the second half. “We did what we needed to do in the first half,” coach Doug Knox said.
Onalaska 49, Winlock 33: Makayla Albritton paced the Cardinals with 13 points in the Central 2B League setback. Karlie Jones added four points and eight rebounds, Jenna Jones tallied eight points and eight rebounds, and Cheleena Squibb finished with nine rebounds. “We made a run in the third quarter, so I was happy to see that,” coach Tori Nelson said.
Stevenson 62, Castle Rock 47: Nakayla Ehrhorn led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets in the defeat in the Gorge. “They came out aggressive and we turned the ball over several times,” CR coach Sherry Allen said. Megan Keeling finished with 11 points, Grace Pelletier tallied eight points and six rebounds, and Logann Golden chipped in six rebounds.
Woodland 46, Columbia River 39: Payen Foster finished with 15 points and five steals while Nicole Guthrie and Dana Glovick controlled the boards as the Beavers broke the game open in the third quarter and hung on for the Greater St. Helens 2A League win. “It was just a slow game,” coach Glen Flanagan said.
Kaija Olson added 15 points, while Guthrie finished with 16 rebounds and five steals, and Glovick tallied eight points and 14 rebounds.
Ilwaco 63, South Bend 42: Eliza Bannister scored 12 of her 24 points in the second quarter as the Fishermen broke away from the Indians in the Pacific 2B League victory. Bannister also added seven rebounds, four steals and five assists.
Makenzie Kaech neared a quadruple-double, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and 10 assists, while Madeline Jacobson chipped in 16 points, six rebounds and four blocks.
Kelso 57, Mountain View 33: The Lassies outscored the Thunder in the first three quarters, running away with their second Greater St. Helens League 3A win in Vancouver Friday night. Alexis Kleven scored 17 points and Jordyn Dole chipped in 10. Kelso (7-4) travels back to Vancouver Tuesday to play Evergreen.
Toutle Lake 49, Rainier, Wash. 36: The Ducks found an early rhythm and rebounded well at home Friday, earning a second Central 2B League win. Keeley Studebaker-Smith led in scoring (14 points), followed by Casey Wentz (13) and Molly Donald (12).
Toledo 37, Adna 31: The Indians preserved a four-point halftime lead and earned their fifth Central 2B League win at home Friday night. Kal Schaplow scored 10 points, Anna Taucsher added eight points, and coach Brian Layton said the team “played great defense.”
Three Rivers Christian 29, Tacoma Baptist 17: Bailee Williams-Wallace scored nine points with 18 rebounds and four steals in a nonleague road win Friday. Ally Stoner finished with five points with six rebounds while Kamryn Wright grabbed eight boards with five steals. The Eagles are now 5-5 overall and face Columbia Adventist on Tuesday.