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ROCHESTER — There was virtually nothing Winlock’s boys’ basketball team could do.

The Cardinals were assailed by an incredible volume of accurate 3-pointers in a 79-48 Southwest 2B District loss against Adna on Saturday at Rochester High School.

Adna sank 10 of its 12 3-pointers in the first half, few coming on wide-open looks.

“We just tried to weather the storm,” Winlock coach Nick Bamer said. “They play pretty good defense, too. They’re long and they get after it. So they hit us on both ends of the court tonight.”

There was nothing Winlock could do to keep pace with Adna’s terrific shooting, try as they might. Cardinal shooters were 1-7 from the perimeter in the first quarter and struggled to score on runners to the post.

They regained form in the second quarter, tallying 18 points, but Adna’s onslaught was continued and too much to keep up with.

“They were firing on all cylinders,” Bamer said. “So we’ll regroup, come back Monday against Ilwaco and be ready to go.”

The Cardinals face Ilwaco Monday night at Centralia in a loser-out game. That contest is slated for 7 p.m.

Winlock also did a lot of things that pleased Bamer.

“Especially against a quality team like that and we were resilient, we didn’t quit,” Bamer said. “A lot of our young kids got some time and made some plays. A lot of energy off the bench coming from Alan Contreras, who stepped in and had some really good minutes in the second half.”

Coleson Richendollar, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, found an open lane off a fastbreak and put down a one-handed slam in the third quarter. Winlock certainly didn’t throw in the towel, even being down by a wide margin as the running clock started.

Perhaps the loss to Adna will be like lifting a 40-pound dumbbell before curling a 20-pound dumbbell, the latter flying up with ease after the heavier weight.

“I sure hope so,” Bamer said. “Ilwaco took Toutle right down to the wire the other night and they’re in a loser-out situation too.”

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Jason is a journeyman sports reporter who has covered the Golden State Warriors, Oakland A's, along with a heavy emphasis on the Oakland Raiders. He comes to Cowlitz County from Oakland, Calif. and is a loving father.

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