First-year coach Hayden Tilton described it as an “uphill battle the whole way”, but by game’s end, Castle Rock topped R.A. Long 50-47 in nonleague action at LeBaron Court on Thursday.
Connor Edwards had 15 points and Skyler King tallied 11 for the Rockets, who were down double digits in the third quarter. Edwards hit a big 3-pointer near the conclusion to help capture a victory.
“It was just an electric atmosphere and a fun game to be a part of,” Tilton said.
Coleman Guerrero chipped in eight rebounds and Caleb Mullen had three steals. For R.A. Long, Cameron Holden paced the team with 11 points.
La Center 80, Woodland 66: Isaiah Flanagan scored 30 points and Alex Bishop scored 16 but second-chance points and free throws doomed the Beavers in the Lewis River Rivalry on Thursday. “The big thing is we didn’t box out very well,” coach Andrew Johnson said. The Beavers shot just 5 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Toutle Lake 66, Winlock 62 (2OT): Logan Grabenhorst scored 14 of his 21 points in the first quarter, Mike Adams added 18 and Ridge Moss dropped in seven points in two overtimes and 14 total in the Ducks’ road victory on Thursday. Bryce Cline had 24 points for the Cardinals and Coleson Richendollar had 11. “Our effort tonight was phenomenal,” Winlock coach Nick Bamer said. “I’m pretty excited with where we’re at, and we’re excited to get a shot at them in league play.”
Morton/White Pass 48, Wahkiakum 45: Luke Brown and Logan LeBerge each scored 10 points, and Brody Carlson had nine points, nine rebounds and four steals but the Mules dropped a close Central 2B League match in Cathlamet on Thursday. KC Beery also chipped in seven points and seven rebounds. “We struggled in the first half, and put ourselves in a hole,” coach Todd Souvenir said. “But we did a lot of good things in the second half.” The Mules had the game tied with 13 seconds left, before an off-balanced 10-footer from Kaleb Rashoff gave the Timberwolves a win.
Ilwaco 70, South Bend 26: Alex Kaino scored 17 points, Reese Tynkila had 15 and Tenyson Ramsey added 11 points and 14 rebounds in a dominating Pacific 2B League road win.
Portland Adventist Academy 63 Clatskanie 60: The Tigers were a bucket shy in their nonleague home loss Thursday. Cooper Blodgett’s 22 points led the day, followed by 11 points from Andre Combs.
Naselle 64, Concordia Christian 63 (OT): Ethan Lindstrom was 8 for 14 and Antonio Nolan was 7 of 15 in the Comets’ nonleague overtime road thriller on Thursday. Naselle couldn’t convert its final drive of regulation with a tie score, but a couple steals in overtime sealed the victory. Lindstrom led Naselle with 19 points.
Three Rivers Christian 59, Oakville 46: Ryan Ransom scored 18 points, Wyatt Richards put in 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Gabe Moreno-Chandler had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the nonleague home victory. Jaden Moore added eight points and nine rebounds and Noah Reinke finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. “We’re still looking to put a full game together,” TRC coach Dave Tuengel said.
Mary M. Knight 52, Three Rivers Christian 48: The Eagles started slow and fell in a nailbiter in the nonleague defeat on Tuesday. Wyatt Richards had 16 points, Ryan Ransom tallied 11 and Gabe Moreno-Chandler netted 11. The Eagles went on a 9-0 run in the third quarter to tie it at 32, and Richards hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 48 with 1:12 remaining, but “we could not get over the hump,” coach Dave Tuengel said.
Clatskanie 76, Portland Adventist 31: Shelby Blodgett erupted for 34 points and 30 rebounds in a nonleague victory on Thursday in Clatskanie. Olivia Sprague added 23 points and eight steals and Anna Martin finished with four points, six rebounds and five steals.
Camas 53, Kelso 37: Alexis Kleven and Ally Harman each scored 11 points for the Lassies, who welcomed the challenge from the Class 4A Papermakers on Thursday. Capri Franzen added 11 rebounds. “We knew this was going to be a tough matchup; that’s why we put it on the schedule,” coach Jen Hamilton said. “We came out and matched their intensity. ... We came out hopeful for the changes we’re making.”
Concordia Christian 43, Naselle 41 (OT): Kenzie Glenn had 13 points, Lilli Zimmerman put in 11 points and seven rebounds and Taylor Gudmundsen finished with 10 points in the nonleague defeat. Jackie Steenerson added six points and eight rebounds. “We did a lot of great things,” coach Rose Nisbet said. “We ran our offense well; we pressed well. It just came down to who made the last error.”
Kelso 55, Heritage 49: Alexis Kleven scored 10 points as the Lassies used a balanced team effort to win the nonleague game Wednesday. Natalie Fraley and Evermore Kaiser each added nine points and Erin Tack and Ally Harman were applauded for their defensive play on Heritage star Katherine Penenueta.
R.A. Long 65, Heritage 39: In what coach Jan Karnoski described as one of the best team efforts he’s seen in five years from the Lumberjills, R.A. Long cruised to the nonleague win on Monday. Eastyn Reeves had 23 points, Miranda Lomax chipped in 14 and Rayana Randall scored 11. Myah Bodily and Arianna Maryott were credited with slowing down Katherine Penenueta in the box-and-1 defense.
Mark Morris 1725, Union 1450: Brooklyn Boudreau rolled a 216-384 series in the victory on Wednesday. Madie Flint came in with a 311 series.
Woodland 78, Hockinson 6: The Beavers rolled in the Greater St. Helens 2A League match. No other information was reported.
Ridgefield 43, R.A. Long 36: The Jacks took a tough Greater St. Helens League 2A loss Thursday, though their four victors all won by pin. Gavin Yates (113), Skyler Robeson (120), Owen Enriquez (160) and Eric Howard (280) took down their opponents.
“We wrestled hard, we fought, we showed some heart,” Coach Josh Johnson said. “We just came up short.”
Naselle gets 2 All-State selections: The Comets’ Taylor Gudmundsen was named a first-team pick on the Coaches’ 1B All-State team, as voted on by state tournament coaches. Holly Disch was selected to the second team. Oakesdale’s Logan Reed was named All-State MVP, and Brandy Brown was named Coach of the Year.