2A Girls Basketball: Bearcats Rout Mark Morris, 94-35
HOT START: W.F. West Scores 29 in the First Quarter, Improves to 4-0
By Aaron VanTuyl
A few years ago, a W.F. West/Mark Morris game would have been a surefire state championship preview.
The teams played for the State 2A championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015, never really leaving much to the imagination in terms of who might be facing off for the gold ball each March in Yakima.
There’s been a complete turnover in players and, for that matter, coaching staffs, but three years later one aspect of the rivalry rings familiar: W.F. West, four games into the season, looks like a team ready for a trip back to the SunDome.
The Bearcats ran out to a 29-7 lead after a quarter and never really let Mark Morris set its feet in a 94-35 win, with 11 different W.F. West players checking into the game and scoring.
W.F. West had a shot at breaking the rarely-seen 100-point threshold, but the running clock kicked in midway through the third quarter with the hosts up 66-26 — not that it was a point of interest for the Bearcats.
“We’re not trying to hit 100,” W.F. West coach Tom Kelly said. “But the second team, they’re trying to take a starting spot from somebody, so they’re going to play as hard as the first group.”
The bench did plenty of work on Tuesday, rotating in early and getting lots of action with the game essentially in hand by the second quarter. The reserves account for 37 points, led by 18 from sophomore Annika Waring.
“She’s very capable, and works so hard,” Kelly said. “She’s more of a post-type, but she can shoot the 3 with the best of them.”
Waring went 2 of 3 from behind the arc, where W.F. West was 7 of 20 as a team. The forward added six rebounds and a pair of assists.
Erika Brumfield led W.F. West with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and pitched in three assists. Kiara Steen scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half, while Julia Johnson scored all her 9 points in the first half. Steen and Johnson each added four assists.
“The whole group, collectively (played well),” Kelly said. “Kiara gets our fastbreak going, and Erika and them finish it off. Julia, take your pick, Courtney Bennett played well — you can’t just single out anybody.”
Taya McCallum hit a 3 just 30 seconds into the second quarter that pushed the lead to 33-7, and W.F. West led 53-21 at halftime.
Mark Morris came into the game with a 2-1 record and had notched an 8-point win over the same 4A Skyview team W.F. West beat 85-58 last week, but was missing 6-foot post Libby Bartleson — who scored 10 against Skyview — on Tuesday.
“It’s all about matchups,” Kelly said, “and we’re not a good matchup for them.”
W.F. West (4-0) hosts 4A Camas (2-3) on Friday night in Chehalis.
Note: W.F. West won the JV game, 77-35.
BEARCATS 94, MONARCHS 35
Mark Morris 7 14 7 7 —35
W.F. West 29 24 26 15 —94
Mark Morris (35) — A. Troy 12, Mosier 12, Bennet 3, Makaiwi 3, Russell 2, Berishev 2, Troy 2, Burns 1
FG: 12 of 37 —.324 FT: 13 of 28 —.464 Reb. 14 (A. Troy 7)
W.F. West (94) — Brumfield 19, Waring 18, Steen 13, Johnson 9, Bennett 7, Haakenson 6, Vadala 6, Akins 6, McCallum 5, Tornow 2, Henry 2
FG: 38 of 71 —.535 FT: 11 of 18 —.611 Reb. 41 (Brumfield 11)
Where Are They Now?
W.F. West and Mark Morris played each other in the State 2A championship game three years in a row, from 2013-2015. Mark Morris won 56-44 in 2013; W.F. West won 48-37 in 2014; and Mark Morris won 69-53 in 2015.
Several of the key players off those championship-game teams are still playing college basketball. Here’s a look at where they’re at:
Julie Spencer (W.F. West, 2015): Spencer, a 6-foot-2 junior forward, is leading the University of Portland (4-5) in scoring at 11.9 points per game with a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game, shooting 48.5 percent from the field. She scored a season-high 24 in a loss against Cal State-Fullerton on Nov. 25.
Nike McClure (W.F. West, 2014): McClure, a 6-foot-3 redshirt junior forward, is averaging 4.9 points and 5.1 rebounds a game for Washington State University. She scored 8 points and blocked five shots in a win over Idaho State, and leads the Cougars with 18 blocked shots this season.
Tiana Parker (W.F. West, 2015): Parker, a 6-foot-3 junior forward, is averaging 5.6 points and 5 rebounds a game for West Texas A&M University (9-0). She scored a season-high 10 points in a win over Texas A&M International on Nov. 24.
Katie Hankins (W.F. West, 2014): Hankins, a 6-foot forward, played two years at Lower Columbia College in Longview before furthering her career at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. She’s averaging 9.1 points and 3.4 rebounds a game this season for the 10-2 Pronghorns.
Kourtney & Karley Eaton (Mark Morris, 2015): The Eaton twins are both playing guard at the University of California-Davis. Kourtney has started all nine games for the undefeated Aggies, averaging 4.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game, while Karley is averaging 2.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and nearly 3 assists per game.
Majerle Reeves (Mark Morris, 2013): Reeves wrapper her college career with Southern Oregon University last year, averaging 9.4 points a game as a senior guard for the Raiders and hitting 95 3-pointers.