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Tuesday’s 2A Basketball Roundup: Bearcats Claw Past Thunderbirds

Images from W.F. West's 64-47 win over Tumwater in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game in Chehalis on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

Images from W.F. West’s 64-47 win over Tumwater in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game in Chehalis on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

By The Chronicle
Tumwater shot 53 percent from the field, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with W.F. West.
The Bearcats earned a 64-47 win over the Thunderbirds in Evergreen 2A Conference basketball in Chehalis on Tuesday, improving to 3-0 on league action.
Julia Johnson, Lexie Strasser and Shasta Lofgren each scored a team-high 12 points. Erika Brumfield added 9 points and 13 rebounds.
“It wasn’t that easy. We couldn’t shake them,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said. “We’ve got to be smarter, be aware of their players. (Sierra) Snyder and (Brooke) Hare, they are really good players. Those are the two you’ve got to shut down.”
Tumwater’s Sierra Snyder scored a game-high 16 points and teammate Brooke Hare added 13.
W.F. West’s defense made the big difference, as the Bearcats recorded 10 steals, led by Kiara Steen and Lofgren with four a piece.
“We got a lot of things to work on. … We’re just not playing well right now,” Kelly said. “They’re playing hard and on defense, that’s how we’re winning right now. We really have to shore some things up but I’m happy with the win.”
After a delay due to the gym lights not turning on, the tipoff came to Johnson, who dribbled down the court for an easy layup. It was 8-7 late in the first quarter before W.F. West managed to separate itself, going on a run to take a 17-8 lead after a quarter. The Bearcats continued to pad the advantage, with Courtney Bennett coming off the bench and making a pair of 3-pointers to help spark the Bearcats — though a run by Tumwater late in the second quarter cut the W.F. West lead to 31-20 at halftime.
After the break, though, W.F. West outscored Tumwater 33-27 to cruise to the win, though Kelly wasn’t happy with how his team performed.
“We wanted to keep pushing it, see what kind of shape they were in,” Kelly said. “They were in pretty good shape. … We were in foul trouble, but the bench came in and I thought did great for us.”
W.F West (10-1, 3-0) travels north to face Black Hills — the top-ranked team in the 2A girls RPI rankings — in a matchup of the two top teams in the Evergreen 2A Conference on Thursday.

Centralia Edges Aberdeen
ABERDEEN — Aberdeen’s 3-pointer at the buzzer didn’t fall, allowing Centralia to escape with a 34-32 win in Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball here on Tuesday.
Ellie Corwin had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Wilkerson added 9 points and Carissa Kaut chipped in 7 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers.
Aberdeen was led by Reagan Glanz with 12 points.
Free throws down the stretch hurt Centralia late, but the Bobcats’ potential game-winner rimmed out.
“They had a 3 opportunity that went in and out,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said. “It was a lucky day for us. It looked like it was going in. We’ll take our first league win on the road.”
The game didn’t start well for the Tigers, who ended the first quarter in a 15-6 hole. But the Centralia defense stepped up in the second quarter, pitching a shutout while scoring 12 points to take an 18-15 lead at halftime.
“We didn’t make adjustments. Our girls thought ‘We’re in a game here,’” Ashmore said. “That’s where we hang our hat because we struggle at times scoring. The girls really stepped up in that quarter.”
The two teams each had 7 points in the third quarter to set up the dramatic fourth quarter.
Centralia (7-6, 1-2 league) hosts Rochester on Thursday in an Evergreen 2A Conference matchup.

Wolves Devour Warriors
TUMWATER — Black Hills held Rochester to 3 points in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating the Warriors 64-25 in Evergreen 2A Conference basketball here on Tuesday night.
Emma Duff led the Wolves with 16 points and Taylor Patti added 12 points. Rochester was led by Paige Winter’s 10 points and Lexie Sederberg added a team-high eight rebounds.
Black Hills led 24-3 after the first quarter.
Rochester couldn’t find much offense, shooting 8 of 40 from the field.
“They’re freaking good. I think they are the best team in our league,” Rochester coach A.J. Easley said. “They are just so big; their guards are 6-foot tall. … They are solid and they play tremendous defense without fouling. The first quarter was basically a lay-in drill. The girls fought and battled and, God bless them, kept with it.”
Black Hills’ Duff, last year’s EvCo co-MVP and a Western Washington University signee, was honored at the game for scoring her 1,000th career point in the Wolves’ Friday win over Tumwater.
Rochester (3-11, 0-5 league) travels to Centralia on Thursday for an EvCo contest.

Boys Basketball
Black Hills Overpowers Rochester
TUMWATER — Rochester was down 4 points going into the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Black Hills earned a 47-36 win in Evergreen 2A Conference action here on Tuesday.
Noah Escott led the Warriors with 14 points, and Bryce Lollar chipped in 5 points and 10 rebounds.
Noah Brewer scored 14 points and Joe Crumley added 10 points for Black HIlls.
The Wolves led 24-13 at halftime. Rochester played well in the third quarter and closed the gap to 32-28 going into the fourth, but couldn’t overcome the deficit as the Wolves held on for the victory.
“We’re having trouble scoring the ball. That’s been kind of the season for us,” Rochester coach Mark Goldrick said. “The last few games, we’ve been hanging around. We’re right there, but it was kind of the same story as last week. They got hot at the wrong time. They’re hitting 3s and we’re not. It was a big momentum swing and had a hard time catching back up.”
Rochester (3-10, 0-4 league) hosts Centralia on Friday in an Evergreen 2A Conference contest.

At Chehalis
BEARCATS 64, THUNDERBIRDS 47
Tumwater 8 12 13 14 — 47
W.F. West 17 14 18 15 — 64
Tumwater (47) — Snyder 16, Hare 13, Fields 9, Jelcick 4, Cunningham 3, Smith 2
FG: 17 of 32 — .53 FT: 8 of 16 — .500 Rebs. 13 (Hare 5)
W.F. West (64) — Johnson 12, Strasser 12, Lofgren 12, Brumfield 9, Bennett 6, Noble 5, Steen 4, M. Haakenson 4
FG: 26 of 58 — .44 FT: 7 of 12 — .58 Rebs. 31 (Brumfield 13)

At Aberdeen
TIGERS 34, BOBCATS 32
Centralia 6 12 7 9 — 34
Aberdeen 15 0 7 10 — 32
Centralia (34) — Jensen 2, Wilkerson 9, Porter, Kaut 7, Corwin 16,
FG: 13 of 43 — .302 FT: 6 of 11 — .545 Rebs. 33 (Corwin 11, Kaut Jensen 8)
Aberdeen — Buckman 4, Glanz 12, Gallinger 8, Roberts 2, Swor 4, Jones 2
FG: 14 of 50 — .280 FT: 2 of 5 — .400 Rebs. 21

At Tumwater
WOLVES 64, WARRIORS 25
Rochester 3 10 8 6 — 25
Black Hills 24 13 12 16 — 64
Rochester (25) — Gedney 4, Hahn 5, Sederberg 3, Warren 1, Lewis 2, Winter 10, Elkins 2
FG: 8 of 40 — .200 FT: 8 of 13 — .615 Rebs. 24 (Sederburg 8)
Black Hills — Williams 4, Bovenkamp 6, Patti 12, River 4, Sayahod 2, Duff 16, Nurmi 8, Moloney 2, Serhan 8
FG: N/A FT: 2 of 7 — .285 Rebs. N/A

Boys Basketball
At Tumwater
WOLVES 47, WARRIORS 36
Rochester 6 7 15 8 — 47
Black Hills 12 12 8 15 — 36
Rochester (36) — Escott 14, Valley 8, Lollar 5, Goldrick 4, Cabrera 3, Robinson 2
FG: 15 of 41 —.365 FT: 4 of 12 —.333 Rebs. 30 (Lollar 10)
Black Hills (47) — Brewer 14, Crumley 10, Glenn 9, Walker 8, Kindell 6
FG: N/A FT: 5 of 11 —.454 Rebs. N/A

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