Mark Morris’ boys’ basketball’s hopes of a 19th straight league title took a hit on Thursday in Vancouver, as Columbia River took a 69-50 victory. The Chieftains take the inside pole to a league crown, though the Monarchs will get another crack at them later this year.
Dawson Fritz scored 20 points and Rarey Sommer had 14, but the Monarchs trailed 36-14 at the half and could only manage to cut the deficit to single digits for a short time. MM falls to 5-5 (2-1 league).
Kelso 70, Battle Ground 39: Shaw Anderson had 32 points and 13 rebounds, including seven boards in the third period, as the Scotties ran away with the nonleague victory at home on Thursday. Riley Noah chipped in 16 points for the Scotties, who went on a 25-5 run in the third quarter to effectively put the game away. “We had a really impressive third quarter on both ends of the floor,” coach Joe Kinch said. “The important thing is to keep improving. The guys have really bought into each other, and it’s nice on nights like tonight for them to see the fruits of their labor. ... But we got a big month ahead and we have to stay focused and keep improving.”
Toutle Lake 65, Wahkiakum 56: Broc Keeton went off for 15 points, 15 rebounds and five assists as the Ducks scraped out a Central 2B League home victory on Thursday. Ridge Moss added 14 points, Jackson Cox had 11 and Logan Grabenhorst had 10 for the Ducks. Chase Hadaller finished with eight points and nine rebounds. “We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, and they played hard,” TL coach Eric Swanson said. “We just could never get over the hump to put them away.”
Brody Carlson was lights out, and led the Mules with 27 points. Luke Brown added 15. “Defensively, we did a good job,” coach Todd Souvenir said. “We focused on stopping (Mike) Adams and Grabenhorst, and held them to 16 points. They had a couple kids that stepped up and made some clutch shots. But I’m proud of the kids; they made it a game the entire way.”
Toledo 49, Onalaska 36: Fano Arceo-Hansen had 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Indians survived a cold shooting night to win the Central 2B League home game Thursday. Westin Wallace added 11 points and nine rebounds. Coach Grady Fallon credited the 16 offensive rebounds for keeping the Indians in it. “One thing you can say about (Onalaska) is they play hard,” Fallon said. “They make it uncomfortable. But luckily, after awhile we adjusted and calmed down.”
The Toledo alumni game is approaching on Jan. 19. Contact athletic director Grady Fallon for more info.
Winlock 75, Mossyrock 42: The Cardinals finished with a season-high score in their Central 2B League home win Thursday, led by Bryce Cline’s 22 points. Winlock’s first and third quarters also had a big impact, with 47 points scored in those two periods.
Woodland 51, R.A. Long 46: The Beavers moved to 5-5 on the year and 1-1 in league play. The Lumberjacks fell to 3-8 and 1-2 in league play. No other information was reported.
Kelso 51, Battle Ground 25: Alexis Kleven scored 15 points as the Lassies went on a third-quarter burst to escape with the nonleague victory at home on Thursday. “We came out a little lackadaisical in the second quarter,” coach Jen Hamilton said. “I kind of challenged them in the locker room during the half. They came out on fire in the third quarter.”
Ilwaco 70, Ocosta 56: Erika Glenn tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds in Ilwaco’s Pacific 2B League road win Thursday. Estella Sheldon added 16 points as the Lady Fishermen ran a fast-paced offense and wore down Ocosta, taking a lead late in the first quarter and eventually leading by 20 midway through the third quarter.
Woodland 42, Ridgefield 34: The Beavers improved to a perfect 4-0 in Greater St. Helens 2A League action with the victory on Thursday. Earning pins were Gaige Pilot (106 pounds), Josiah Sanders (120) and Andrew Pottratz (285). Decision victors were JJ Fuerst (126) and Anthony Clifford (152).