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Saturday’s Prep Boys Basketball: Cottage Grove Slips Past Centralia 47-40

Tiger forward Matt House weaves his way through the Cottage Grove defense in late second half action on Saturday during the Seaside Holiday Classic basketball tournament.

Cottage Grove Slips Past Centralia 47-40

SEASIDE, Ore. — Centralia couldn’t hold onto its lead in the fourth quarter here Saturday, falling to Cottage Grove 47-40 on the final day of action in the Seaside Holiday Classic.

Matt House scored 11 for the Tigers, who led 36-35 going into the final frame.

Rough shooting early on doomed Centralia, which, according to coach Kyle Donahue, missed 11 shots in the key in the first quarter.

“We just did not finish around the hoop,” Donahue said. “We got the shots we wanted, we just didn’t finish, and we let a team just kind of hang around with us the entire game. We led a lot of the game and just let it slip away at the end because we couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”

Jeremy Wood added nine points for Centralia.

“He’s just been consistent at putting the ball in the basket,” Donahue said. “He’s taking care of the ball, so he’s been a good surprise coming into the season.”

Centralia (1-7) hosts Montesano on Jan. 2, and plays at Woodland on Jan. 3.


Cline, Richendollar Lead Winlock Past Mary M. Knight

WINLOCK — The Cardinals defended their home territory with a 77-55 win over the Mary M. Knight Owls here Saturday afternoon, taking an 18-5 lead after the first quarter.

“I think we played pretty well, it was a Saturday afternoon game so you never know how that’s going to be for energy but we came out and played a tough game,” said Cardinal coach Nick Bamer. “They have a couple kids who can really play, so we were happy to come out with a win.”

Bryce Cline was the leading scorer for Winlock with 21 points followed by Landon Tiemens who had 19. 

Coleson Richendollar, Nolan Swofford, and Fernando Sanchez each put eight points on the board with Richendollar also adding nine rebounds and seven assists. Abraham Mohsin came up from JV and scored seven point, while Nathan Suhrbier scored four points and blocked four shots with eight rebounds.

The Cardinals (5-1) went 33 of 72 (46 percent) from the field, and play next on Friday at Willapa Valley in the Jack Q. Pearson Holiday Tournament.


La Center Leaves T-Wolves Licking Their Wounds

LA CENTER — Morton-White Pass brought a short-handed squad here on Saturday and learned that the Wildcats are the real deal following a 66-44 loss in a non-league boys basketball matchup.

“La Center is 6-0 for a reason,” said MWP coach Chad Cramer. “They’re a veteran team. They start all seniors and they were a couple of points from being third in state last year and they returned the majority of their best players.”

The Wildcats knocked down 26 of 51 shots from the field and 13 of 17 free throws to grease the wheels of victory. Hunter Ecklund led La Center with 21 points and Parker Ball added 16 points.

Meanwhile, on the Timberwolves bench was without three of their varsity players due to injury or illness. The team from East Lewis County shot 20 of 56 on field goals and just 4 of 9 from the free throw line.

Elliott Smith had team-highs with 10 points and eight rebounds for Morton-White Pass. Josh Salguero added nine points in the loss.

“We had a couple of freshmen play significant minutes for us. We had a handful of sophomores play significant minutes. They’re a pressing team and I thought we did a good job of not turning it over against that,” said Cramer. “I liked what our bigs (Smith and Salguero) did. To get almost 20 points out of those guys was a good night, I thought.” 

Morton White-Pass will play in Kittitas Dec. 27 and 28 against Kititas and Woodland.


Napavine Knocks Off Rainier Christian

LACEY — The Tigers ended their run at St. Martin’s University here on Saturday with a 66-53 win over Rainier Christian in non-league boys basketball action.

“It was fun to play at St. Martin’s. It’s a great facility and to go up there and play somebody we hardly ever see was nice,” said Napavine coach Rex Stanley.

Stanley noted that the Mustangs caused some matchup problems with their speed and outside shooting prowess.

“It was close for three quarters and then we pulled away in the fourth quarter,” notd Stanley.

Keith Olson notched a double-double to help Napavine over the hump, scoring a game-high 26 points with 11 rebounds. Fellow big man Cade Evander tallied 21 points and eight rebounds in the win.

Both bigs were efficient from the field on their way to their impressive scoring tallies as Olson hit 11 of 15 shots and Evander knocked down 8 of 17 shots.

“The thing about those two is they play really well together. Evander had six assists and I think four or five of them were to Keith,” said Stanley. “Neither of them are black holes with the ball. They both know how to pass and they don’t hesitate finding the open guy.”

Napavine will play at Raymond on Dec. 27.


Forks Ices Toledo Late

LACEY — Too many miscues doomed Toledo here on Saturday in a 62-58 loss to Forks in a non-league boys game at St. Martin’s University.

The Indians turned the ball over 32 times, and their 25-point fourth quarter wasn’t enough to overcome their 10-point halftime deficit.

Carlo Arceo-Hansen scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth frame, and Miguel Soto added eight of his 10 in the same stanza.

“They were running a 2-2-1 full-court press, but some of them were just unforced,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said. “We’d break the press and go down there and just throw it into the other guy’s hands.”

Logan Olson scored 24 points to lead Forks, including a pair of late 3-pointers that kept the Spartans in the lead.

Ryan Bloomstrom added 13 points for Toledo, which outrebounded Forks 33-28. Soto grabbed nine rebounds and Soto added eight.

Toledo (2-4) plays at Castle Rock on Friday.


At Seaside


Centralia 10 16 10 4 —40

Cottage Grove 16 6 13 12 —47

Centralia (40) — Sobolesky-Reynolds 2, House 11, Baum 5, Beairsto 4, Wood 9, Erickson 2, Kaut 7

FG: 14 of 41 —.341 FT: 9 of 11 —.818 Reb. 38 (Kaut 10, Beairsto 7)

Cottage Grove (47) — N/A


At Winlock


Winlock 18 17 23 19 —77

Mary M. Knight 5 20 9 21 —55

Winlock (77) — Mohsin 7, Tiemens 19, Cline 21, Welch 2, Richendollar 8, Swofford 8, Sanchez 8, Suhrbier 4

FG: 33 of 72 —.458 FT: 1 of 5 —.200 Reb: 42

Mary M. Knight (55) — Q. Krippelcz 4, E Krippelcz 29, Ralph 2, Togue 2, Compton 19

FG: 22 of 58 —.379 FT: 8 of 18 —.444 Reb: 38


At La Center


Morton-WP 11 14 12 7 —44

La Center 17 23 20 6 —66

Morton-WP (44) — Kelly 6, L. Collette 2, Blake 4, Young 4, Dantinne 4, T. Collette 7, Smith 10, Salguero 9

FG: 20 of 56 —.357 FT: 4 of 9 —.444 Reb: 39 (Smith 8)

La Center (66) — H. Ball 8, P. Ball 16, Child 4, Romero 5, Fender 1, Hubler 6, Ecklund 21, Norris 10

FG: 26 of 51 —.509  FT: 13 of 17—.764 Reb. 26


At Lacey


Toledo 10 10 13 25 —58

Forks 12 18 13 19 —62

Toledo (58) — Fernandez 2, Bloomstrom 13, Arceo-Hansen 17, Soto 10, Kinnear 3, Gould 3, Schaplow 6, Sorenson 4

FG: 19 of 50 —.380 FT: 14 of 21 —.667 Reb. 33 (Arceo-Hansen 8, Soto 9)

Forks (62) — Davis 4, Gonzalez 6, Baysinger 10, Flores 9, Olson 24, Steffen 9

FG: 19 of 57 —.333 FT: 18 of 29 —.621 Reb. 28

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