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Tuesday’s Girls Basketball: Beavers Best Grizzlies in League Opener

TENINO — The Beavers blanked the Grizzlies in the first quarter here Tuesday night en route to a 36-30 victory in Evergreen 1A League basketball action.

“The band was out tonight and I know the girls absolutely loved that and I did as well because the energy was that much higher,” said Tenino coach Brandi Thomas. “They had lots of tips and deflections in that first quarter. That’s something we stress because that disrupts their game.”

Tenino had a rough night shooting the ball all night long with just a 23 percent clip from the field and a 35 percent mark from the charity stripe, so that kind of rabid defense was much needed in order to earn the league victory over a tough Hoquiam team.

“It was good for us to be able to switch up our defenses against them,” said Thomas. “It wasn’t a pretty one but we just worked hard the whole time. … That was the glue for us here tonight was their effort.”

The Beavers did get hot from beyond the arc though where they connected on 5 of 13 on 3-point shots.

Olivia Bailon lead Tenino in scoring with 9 points while Kaylee Schow and Caitlyn Antill added 8 and 7 points, respectively. Emma Homann added 5 points for the Beavers and lead the team in rebounding with 11.

“She was a beast tonight in the paint,” said Thomas.

Thomas added that it felt great for the team to go out and get their first league win in their first attempt.

“I know the girls have high expectations. They have so much potential and we haven’t even hit that yet,” she said.

Tenino (9-2, 1-0 league) will play at Montesano on Friday.
Wolves Run Wild On Napavine

TUMWATER — The Tigers tried to run with the big dogs here Tuesday night and wound up getting bit as the 2A Wolves of Black Hills downed Napavine 72-48 in a nonelague matchup.

Napavine was able to keep pace in the early going, trailing just 20-15 after one blistering quarter and 34-27 at the half. In fact, if not for a banked in half-court 3-point heave from Black Hills at the halftime buzzer the Tigers would have outscored their opponents in the second period.

As it happened, though, the shot did go in and, like an owner being pulled around the block by their big dog on a leash, the Tigers were unable to keep up the scorching pace.

“It was a pretty good game overall to play a good quality 2A opponent on their home court,” said Napavine coach Jeremy Landram. “We just missed some shots.”

Black HIlls, on the other hand, was able to hit some shots and wound up with four players in double digit scoring, including Lindsey Nurmi who lead the Timberwolves with 18 points.

The game was originally scheduled to be played in early December but was rescheduled when it fell on the same day as the Napavine football championship game in Tacoma. As a result the Tigers were able to ease back into game speed coming off of winter break by playing a nonleague opponent that is two classifications larger while other teams were forced to jump right into the thick of their league schedule.Noting the relative inexperience of his team Landram was happy with the lessons his team was able to take away from the game.

“They’re just a good team. Don’t have many weakness. Can handle the ball. They can shoot it. They’re just a good team,” noted Landram. “We’re not going to get anything but better. Win, lose or draw we’re right there with people.”

Mollie Olson lead Napavine with 25 points and Rebecca Lee chipped in a nice double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Becca Snaza was the only other Tiger to score.

Napavine (4-5, 4-1 league) plays at Toledo on Wednesday in a Central 2B League contest.
Spudders Poke the Eye of the Tigers

RIDGEFIELD — A slow start here Tuesday night set Centralia on the path to a 48-38 nonleague loss to the Spudders.

The Tigers managed just four points in that fateful first frame while Ridgefield notched 15 points, thanks in large part to a trio of three point shots that were launched from the potato patch.

“That really hurt us. Without those threes it’s probably a 6-4 score after one,” said Centralia coach Doug Ashmore. “After that we played even basketball for three quarters. It’s just tough to come back from that on the road.”

Chelsea Petrino led Centralia with 12 points while Rachel Wilkerson and Carissa Kaut added 9 points each. Ellie Corwin added 6 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Wilkerson added seven rebounds to the team total as Centralia managed to outwork Ridgefield on the glass by a total of 31-24.

The Tigers managed to get to the free throw line a whopping 28 times in the game but could only manage to sink 13 of those attempts.

“We were really aggressive,” said Ashmore. “We just couldn’t buy a free throw.”

Ashmore added that the Spudders made a concerted effort to contain Corwin in the low post.

“You could tell they’ve either watched us or scouted because they were really focusing in on her,” said Ashmore.

Danika Jensen contributed six assists and five rebounds to the Tigers’ effort, much to the approval of her coach.

“She was leading us and finding the right people and rebounding,” said Ashmore. “She did a great for us.”

Centralia (6-4) will play at home Thursday against Tumwater.
At Tenino

BEAVERS 36, GRIZZLIES 30

Tenino      6 5 4 11 —36

Hoquiam 0 7 13 10 —30

Tenino (36) — Antill 7, Bailon 9, Mathis 4, Letts 2, Homann 5, Wachter 1, Schow 8

FG: 13 of 56 —.232 FT: 5 of 14 —.357 Reb: (Homann 11)

Hoquiam (30) — Mode 3, Jump 8, Bagwell 4, Vonhof 15

FG: 13 of 70 —.185 FT: 4 of 9 —.444 Reb: N/A
At Black Hills

TIMBERWOLVES 72, TIGERS 48

Black Hills 20 14 15 23 —72

Napavine   15 12 8 13 —48

Black Hills (72) — Williams 12, Labelle 4, Patti 13, River 6, Duff 11, Nurmi 18, Moloney 2, Serban 6

FG: N/A FT: 15 of 20 —.750 Reb: N/A

Napavine (48) — Olson 25, Lee 21, Snaza 2

FG: 17 of 38 —.447 FT: 10 of 14 —.714 Reb: 22 (Lee 10)
At Ridgefield

SPUDDERS 48, TIGERS 38

Ridgefield 15 8 12 13 —48

Centralia    4 15 11 8 —38

Ridgefield (48) — Jenkins 11, Murphy 7, Dugan 10, Greenwood 5, Long 1, Oliver 10, Bishop-Smith 4

FG: 17 of 49 —.347 FT: 6 of 10 —.600 Reb: 24

Tigers (38) — Petrino 12, Wilkerson 9, Porter 2, Kaut 9, Corwin 6

FG: 11 of 43 —.256 FT: 13 of 28 —.464 Reb: 31 (Corwin 11)

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