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Shaw Anderson exploded for 35 points, and Riley Noah and Jayden Hardeman combined for 33 as the Kelso Hilanders held on for a 79-74 victory over Evergreen in Greater St. Helens 3A League boys’ basketball on Tuesday in Vancouver.

“It was really important that the guys continue to expand their roles,” Kelso coach Joe Kinch said. “We needed everyone because Evergreen is a good team that can score. It was a well-played game as we had only 13 turnovers.”

Kelso (11-1, 3-0 league) had a 76-74 lead when Evergreen’s Zyell Griffin netted a 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left. Griffin was fouled on the shot and missed the free throw, but Hardeman was fouled on the rebound. Hardeman made a free throw to give the Hilanders a 77-74 lead with 8.8 seconds left. After the Plainsmen were fouled and missed a pair of freebies, Anderson was fouled and made two free throws with 3.1 seconds left.

“They were aggressive defensively, and one of our important pieces is getting into the paint and drawing fouls,” Kinch said of the Hilanders’ 19 of 26 free throws. “Some of those points came late when Evergreen was fouling to stop the clock.”

Noah finished with 18 points seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, and Hardeman tossed in 15 points.

Three Rivers Christian 38, Columbia Adventist 31: The Eagles overcame poor shooting to claim a Columbia Valley 1B League game on Tuesday at home. “We couldn’t hit water if we fell out of a boat,” TRC coach Dave Tuengel said. Wyatt Richards paced the Eagles (8-5, 2-0 league) with 18 points, and Ryan Ransom had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Naselle 65, Firm Foundation 24: The Comets earned a Coastal 1B League road win Tuesday, led by Jacob Eaton’s 24 points. Naselle is “starting to get better each day” as its rounds into tournament time, coach Brian Macy said. Jimmy Strange added 13 points in the win.

Life Christian Academy 63, Ilwaco 56: Reese Tynkila scored 11 points with seven rebounds in Ilwaco’s Pacific 2B League road loss on Tuesday. Parker Kaech grabbed eight boards, though a few seemingly minor miscues culminated in just enough to sustain defeat. “Kids came and played, they played a heck of a game defensively, did everything right, except for a few missed shots” coach Tim Harrell said. “At the end of the game, that’s the difference. All the small things add up.”

Stevenson 82, Castle Rock 74: Connor Edwards scored 27 points in the Rockets’ Trico 1A League home loss Tuesday. Skyler King grabbed eight rebounds and Landon Gardner finished with six boards, and the Rockets nearly squeezed one out against one of the league’s tougher teams. “Our offense was flowing at times, but down the stretch when we needed it, we kind of struggled,” coach Hayden Tilton said. “Turnovers hurt us.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Ilwaco 70, Life Christian 10: Erika Glenn tossed in 22 points, and Kylie Gray and Estella Sheldon added 13 points apiece as the Fishermen coasted to a Pacific 2B League victory on Tuesday in Tacoma. Also for Ilwaco (13-1, 12-0 league), Glenn had seven steals and six assists, and Gray collected seven blocked shots. “Our bench got some good quality minutes,” Ilwaco coach Ned Bittner said.

Woodland 76, Mark Morris 26: Payten Foster scored 19 points, and two other Beavers scored in double-digits in a Greater St. Helens 2A League victory on Tuesday at Ted M. Natt Court. Also for Woodland (7-5, 1-3 league), Foster had six steals. Kaija Olson added 14 points, Audrey Adams had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, and Kelly Sweyer made six steals. For MM (0-10, 0-4 league), Jacie Rismoen and Katie Troy had six points apiece.

Toledo 56, Kalama 29: A 19-2 fourth quarter explosion helped the Indians to a Central 2B League victory on Virgil Simmons Court on Tuesday in Kalama. Gracie Stemkoski led Kalama (4-8, 2-2 league) with 10 points. Akura Rocha grabbed 12 rebounds, and Lily Given played solid defense. The Daily News received no report from Toledo, now 10-3, 3-0 in league.

Columbia Adventist 52, Three Rivers Christian 28: Kendal Newport scored eight points, Kaylena Morrison had seven and Kamryn Wright added six as the Eagles dropped a Columbia Vally 1B League contest on Tuesday at home. TRC is now 3-11, 1-1 in league.

Kelso 67, Evergreen 30: The Lassies took home a Greater St. Helens League 3A road win Tuesday, with effective rotations, passing and forced turnovers. Natalie Fraley scored 12 points with six assists and five steals, while Alexis Kleven swiped four balls and scored nine points. Capri Franzen led Kelso with 16 points.

Napavine 49, Toutle Lake 40: A rough second quarter led the Ducks to a Central 2B League home loss Tuesday, though Casey Wentz finished with 18 points and four steals. Jordyn Grabenhorst added 10 points with six rebounds, Keeley Studebaker-Smith grabbed eight boards, and Molly Donald dished six assists.

Winlock 42, Morton/White Pass 29: Addison Hall scored 18 points in the first half and finished Winlock’s Central 2B League home win with 11 rebounds on Tuesday. Jenna Jones and Karlie Jones also grabbed 11 boards apiece, Jenna Jones adding 11 points as well. The Cardinals led the rebounding battle 48-27.

BOWLING

R.A. Long 1680, Ridgefield 1534: Kylee Newman rolled a 306 series, and Precious Sprague added a 305 as the Lumberjills claimed a Greater St. Helens League victory on Tuesday at Hazel Dell Lanes.

Fort Vancouver 1947, Kelso 1658: Kaylee Price rolled 168-334, and Hanna Kuhn added a 169 game in the Lassies’ Greater St. Helens League loss on Tuesday at Triangle Bowl.

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Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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