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Wednesday’s 2B Boys Basketball: MWP Holds Off Adna in Wild Finish, 55-54

By The Chronicle
MORTON — A wild game went down to the wire here Wednesday night, with Morton-White Pass holding on to beat Central 2B League-leading Adna, 55-54.
The Timberwolves had a 4-point lead with less than 10 seconds on the clock and, after a timeout, fouled Adna’s Blake Davis on a 3-point attempt.
Morton-White Pass coach Tony Gillispie, however, was awarded a technical foul for his response to the play.
“We came out of a timeout, and I gave them some instructions about fouling,” Gillispie explained. “I ripped my tie off, and got a T.”
Davis hit his three free throws, cutting the lead to a point, but the foul-shot freebies were off the mark. Adna got a last-ditch 3-point attempt up, but the shot was off the mark to give MWP the win.
“It was just a good game, right down to the wire,” Gillispie said. “It’s good to come out on top, that’s for sure.”
Tristan Storey scored a game-high 16 points with six rebounds for Morton-White Pass, while Matt Poquette scored 14 with seven assists.
The Timberwolves trailed 18-8 after a quarter, but responded by holding Adna to 18 over the second and third frames, combined, and won the rebounding battle 35-18.
“That’s something we hang our hat on, and we did a pretty good job of that,” Gillispie said.
Storey, he pointed out, went 8 of 13 from the field for his 16 points, while Kaleb Rashoff added 8 points and 10 rebounds.
Cody Young led Adna with 15 points and Conner Weed chipped in 13.
Adna (17-2) hosts Pe Ell on Friday to close out the regular season, and unless Toledo loses to Kalama on Friday, the Pirates will finish second in the C2BL and will play a District 4 2B quarterfinal game on Feb. 10 to start the playoffs.
Morton-White Pass (15-4, 12-3 league) hosts Onalaska on Friday in Randle. The Timberwolves are tied with Napavine for third in the C2BL and the teams split their regular-season games, meaning a coin toss would settle a tie. The third-place team plays its first district game on Feb. 7 at W.F. West High School, while the fourth-place team plays the same day at Rochester.

Napavine Cruises Past Onalaska
ONALASKA — Dawson Stanley scored 14 points to lead the Tigers to a 52-39 win over Onalaska in a Central 2B League boys basketball game here on Wednesday.
Jordan Purvis recorded 11 points and Peyton Stanley added 10 points for Napavine. Onalaska was led by Alex Frazier’s 14 points.
The Tigers led 14-7 after one quarter and built the lead to 26-16 at halftime. Napavine cruised in the second half, outscoring the Loggers 26-22.
“I didn’t think we played that bad. We turned the ball over, which led to direct scores. They had some great run outs, but I thought the kids played hard. Great effort all the way around,” Onalaska coach Dennis Bower said. “Napavine is hard to guard. They’re athletic and all of them could dribble and shoot. I liked our effort tonight.”
Napavine (15-4, 12-3) wraps up the regular season on Friday at home against Rainier.
Onalaska (6-13, 4-11) ends the regular season on Friday in Randle against Morton-White Pass. The Loggers will play on Saturday in Napavine against Rainier in a play-in game, with the winner being the nine-seed out of the C2BL and traveling to face the No. 5 seed Toutle Lake on Monday.

Winlock Rolls Past Mossyrock
WINLOCK — The Cardinals scored 28 in the first quarter and cruised in a 79-48 Central 2B League win over Mossyrock here Wednesday night.
Bryce Cline led Winlock with 19 points, and Nick Patching chipped in 12 with nine rebounds.
Coleson Richendollar scored 7 of his 11 in the first quarter, and added six rebounds, six steals and five assists.
“That’s probably the best game he’s played all season,” Winlock coach Nick Bamer said. “We just did a good job of getting after it, from the get-go.”
Winlock led 28-6 after a quarter, though Mossyrock managed 33 points over the middle frames.
Evan Gootgeld led Mossyrock with 17 points, and Darren Kolb chipped in 11.
Winlock (12-7, 8-7 league) hosts Toutle Lake on Friday for senior night.

Rainier Run Past Pe Ell
PE ELL — The Trojans fell behind early and couldn’t quite catch up with Rainier here Wednesday night in a 54-42 Central 2B League boys hoops loss.
Ryan Shepherd scored 16 points with 12 rebounds for Pe Ell, but the Mountaineers led 30-11 at halftime — though they managed to outscore Rainier in the second half.
“We played a good second half,” Pe Ell coach Chris Fitzgerald said. “You’re down too big a hole to climb out of, and we can’t score as it is, but we pulled it within 9, and then had about three breakdowns and they kind of pulled back ahead again.”
Jeff Ashby led Rainier with 15 points. Max Smith added 10 points for Pe Ell.
The Trojans also celebrated senior night, honoring Kaleb McCalden, Ryan Shepherd and Brad Prestegord.
Pe Ell (1-17, 0-15 league) plays at Adna on Friday to close out the season.

At Morton
Adna 18 12 6 18 —54
Morton-WP 8 18 19 10 —55
Adna (54) — Apperson 8, Young 15, Weed 13, Metzenberg 7, Davis 6, Thornburg 5
FG: 17 of 50 —.340 FT: 16 of 22 —.727 Reb. 18 (Metzenberg 5)
Morton-White Pass (55) — Morris 3, Rashoff 8, Gillispie 9, Lewis 1, Poquette 14, Storey 16, Salguero 2
FG: 20 of 38 —.526 FT: 11 of 24 —.458 Reb. 35 (Rashoff 10)

At Winlock
Mossyrock 6 15 18 9 —48
Winlock 28 16 21 14 —79
Mossyrock (48) — J. Gootgeld 4, Kolb 11, Weiss 3, Belino 3, E. Gootgeld 17, Johnson 10
FG: 14 of 57 —.246 FT: 13 of 22 —.591 Reb. 24
Winlock (79) — Whitehead 8, Tiemens, Cline 19, Garcia, Moreno, Ni. Patching 12, Richendollar 11, No. Patching 8, Contreras 5, Hall 8, Coleman 8, Gonzalez
FG: 28 of 71 —.394 FT: 12 of 17 —.706 Reb. 41 (Ni. Patching 9)

At Onalaska
Napavine 14 12 18 8 —52
Onalaska 7 9 14 8 —39
Napavine (52) — Kinswa 3, Lantz 6, Purvis 11, Subitch 2, D. Stanley 14, P. Stanley 10, Evander 6
FG: N/A FT: 8 of 14 —.571 Reb: N/A
Onalaska (39) — Haight 7, C. Lawrence 4, Frazier 14, Volk 7, Cooper 2, Allison 2, T. Lawrence 2
FG: N/A FT: 8 of 14 —.571 Reb: N/A

At Pe Ell
Rainier 16 14 11 13 —54
Pe Ell 4 7 14 17 —42
Rainier (54) — Eygabroad 2, McFarland 9, Phillips 7, Ashby 15, Honaker, DuCharme 8, Chapman 4, Coleman 9
FG: 20 of 52 —.384 FT: 12 of 16 —.750 Reb. 28
Pe Ell (42) — Jurek 1, Smith 10, Cox 8, Shepherd 16, Bush, Brannon, G. Bush 5, Prestegord 2
FG: 14 of 44 —.318 FT: 11 of 16 —.688 Reb. 36 (Shepherd 12)

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