Friday’s 2A Girls Basketball: Deep Bearcats Drop Woodland
DISTRICTS: W.F. Beats Beavers 73-51; Now Faces Washougal With Spot in Yakima on the Line
By Aaron VanTuyl
The outcome wasn’t in serious doubt for long, but the Bearcats did manage to work a bit of a surprise into Friday night’s District 4 2A Girls Basketball Tournament opener — a touch of youth.
W.F. West went to its bench early and got solid contributions from a few freshmen to handle Woodland, 73-51, in its first playoff game.
Lexie Strasser scored 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting and Erika Brumfield notched 12 points with nine rebounds for the Bearcats, who now face Greater St. Helens 2A League champ Washougal on Monday in the district semifinals.
“This was a really big confidence booster going into districts, for sure,” Bearcat senior Shasta Lofgren said. “The first game it’s always great to get a good win.”
W.F. West used a 13-2 run from late in the first quarter to early in the second to pull ahead 31-16. The Bearcats held a 16-point lead at the intermission, helped in part by 13 first-half turnovers by Woodland.
“Mostly we were trying to figure out what defense is going to be the best as the game is going along,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said, “and just figuring out what is going to work best to get them going. And we finally did, but we can run a lot of people at them, too.”
Freshmen Annika Waring and Taya McCallum were both among the nine players on the floor for W.F. West in that second quarter, and Waring — who scored a total of 9 varsity points during the regular season — made the most of her time. The freshman went 3 of 4 from the field and 3 of 4 from the line in the game to finish with 11 points.
Lofgren, meanwhile, scored 8 of her 11 points in the third quarter, after which W.F. West held a 60-34 lead. Waring cashed in a 3 to start the fourth and push the lead to 29 points, effectively ending any chance of a Beaver comeback.
Freshmen Maggie Vadala and Paeytonn Lopez also saw the floor in the win.
“We went to the freshmen early, and they can play,” Kelly said. “They played with us (the varsity) all year, and they came in here and did the job. I knew they would, so it’s nice, for districts, that we can go to anybody.”
Waring added five rebounds, and starters Julia Johnson and Kiara Steen each scored 6 points.
The win puts W.F. West up against Washougal, the team that bumped the Bearcats out in last year’s district consolation semifinals — a game in which the Panthers rallied from down 10 points with just over a minute to play and won in overtime.
“They went on and placed at state. They lost some people off that team, but still,” Kelly said. “I really gotta get it together at that game, and then we get to use our No. 2 RPI. That’s a gift that’s waiting for us, and we’ve got to do everything we can to get that.”
The Bearcats are locked into the No. 2 spot in the WIAA’s RPI rankings, meaning a win in the semifinals secures one of the top eight regional berths — which carries with it an automatic trip to the State 2A tournament in Yakima.
W.F. West (18-3) and Washougal tip off at 6 p.m. Monday night on Centralia’s Ron Brown Court.
Mark Morris Downs Centralia
LONGVIEW — Centralia started out slow and never recovered, as Mark Morris earned a 52-38 win in a District 4 2A tournament game here on Friday night.
Carissa Kaut led the Tigers with 16 points and Ellie Corwin added 8 points and six rebounds. Mark Morris had three players in double figures, led by Madison Mosier with 15 points. Alexis Troy added 12 points and Libby Bartelson chipped in 10.
Mark Morris led 16-6 after the first quarter, though the Tigers cut it to 2 points in the second before a Monarch run pushed it to 25-14 at halftime.
Centralia managed just 4 points in the third quarter, which helped the Monarchs cruise to the win.
“We have games where we start slow. We’re such a young team to dig yourself out of a hole in the first round,” Centralia coach Doug Ashmore said. “We played good in the second and we played good defense. We just came out and played a little sluggish in the third, but we fought to the end. We gained some experience tonight. It was nice for kids on the road.”
Centralia (11-10) plays on Monday at 7:45 p.m. against Columbia River in Chehalis in a loser-out consolation game.
Semifinals (at Centralia)
W.F. West vs. Washougal, 6 p.m.
Mark Morris vs. Black Hills, 7:45 p.m.
Consolation (at W.F. West)
Woodland vs. Tumwater, 6 p.m.
Centralia vs. Columbia River, 7:45 p.m.
BEARCATS 73, BEAVERS 51
Woodland 16 6 12 17 —51
W.F. West 24 14 22 13 —73
Woodland (51) — Adams 6, Flanagan 8, Olsen 3, Fredricks 6, Foster 2, Risley 3, Glovick 11, Christensen 10, Guthrie 2
FG: 17 of 43 —.395 FT: 14 of 28 —.500 Reb. 26 (Fredricks 5)
W.F. West (73) — Johnson 6, Lofgren 11, Noble 2, Brumfield 12, Lopez 2, Steen 6, Waring 11, McCallum 2, Strasser 16
FG: 27 of 57 —.474 FT: 10 of 15 —.667 Reb. 34 (Brumfield 9)
MONARCHS 52, TIGERS 38
Centralia 6 8 4 20 —38
Mark Morris 16 9 15 12 —52
Centralia (38) — Poore 1, Petrino 6, Jensen 4, Wilkerson 3, Kaut 16, Corwin 8
FG: 12 of 45 —.266 FT: 9 of 14 —.642 Rebs. 30 (Corwin, Wilkerson 6)
Mark Morris (52) — Makaiwi 3, Bennett 2, Mosier 15, Parvas 8, Troy 12, Pond 2, Bartelson 10
FG: 20 of 64 —.312 FT: 7 of 12 —.583 Rebs. 33