Monday’s Girls Basketball: Indians Take Sole Possession of C2BL
By Eric Trent
TOLEDO — With a loss possibly creating a five-way tie for first place in the Central 2B League, Toledo instead walked away with a 43-31 win over Mossyrock and sole possession of first place here Monday.
Adna’s 37-27 loss to Wahkiakum puts Toledo (17-2, 8-1) alone atop the league standings with just one regular-season match to go. As of now, the Pirates (16-3, 7-2) , Mules (14-4, 7-2) and Rainier (15-4, 7-2) are all tied for second, with Mossyrock (16-3, 6-3) sitting at fifth.
“It’s amazing,” said Toledo junior Stacie Spahr, who finished with a game-high 15 points and 12 rebounds. “There’s no words. I’m just happy.”
The Indians have one final regular season match to go at Napavine (7-11, 4-5), and a win there would give Toledo its first-ever C2BL league title since joining the conference in 2014.
To get to this point was no easy feat. The Indian led by as many as 10 midway through the first quarter and kept Mossyrock at bay within the five-to-eight point range throughout most the night. The Indians took a 26-19 lead going into the half and held a five-point lead heading into the final frame.
The Vikings took off on a 6-2 run at the end of the third and the start of the fourth, sparked by a jumper and two free throws from freshman Payton Torrey, to cut the lead to three.
“We just kept out composure,” Toledo coach Brian Layton said. “We felt we were getting good shots, but for whatever reason we weren’t making them. We kind of got after them in the huddle and said, ‘Hey, you guys need to lock them down on defense.’”
It worked. The Indians ripped off a 12-0 run that spanned five minutes, capped by four points each from Spahr and Kal Schaplow to seal the win. Spahr collected nearly half (12) of the teams 28 rebounds, while snatching four steals and thoroughly dominating the paint.
“That second half [Spahr] settled down and she owned the paint,” Layton said. “When she does that we’re hard to stop. She gets rebounds, she gets buckets.”
Schaplow, an all-league first team selection a year ago who passed the 1,000-point career mark in December and is the team’s leading scorer, was held scoreless until 6:05 left in the second quarter. She recovered to score eight points, including four in that crucial stretch in the fourth to put the Vikings away.
Alejandra Cadarso and Gracie Madill each contributed seven in the win as the Indians shot 52 percent from the field and swiped 12 steals. Toledo hit just one 3-pointer on the night, which was Madill’s.
The Vikings, which shot 36 percent from the floor, were led by senior Andee Nelson’s team-high 12 points, which included two 3-pointers. Torrey and sophomore post Madison Vigre each added six points.
The Indians are hoping to close out against a middle-of-the-pack Napavine at 7 p.m. Wednesday and secure the outright league title. But as this season has proven, there is no off-game in the C2BL.
“A win always feels good, but we know we have to take care of business Wednesday against Napavine,” Layton said. “It’s a gauntlet of a league. If we’re able to finish it that would be quite the accomplishment.”
Mossyrock travels to Adna at 7 p.m. on Friday for its regular-season finale.
Freshmen Lead Loggers Past Hoquiam
HOQUIAM — A pair of freshmen stepped up big for the Loggers here Monday night in a 53-25 nonleague girls hoops win over Hoquiam.
Brooklyn Sandridge poured in 20 points and Morgan Hamilton scored 16 with 15 rebounds to help beat the 1A Grizzlies.
The Loggers were without starters Callie Lawrence and Alex Cleveland-Barrera, played starter Carmen Cleveland Barrera for just a few minutes in the first quarter, and only played starter Cierra Russ for the first half of the win.
“It was really the freshmen show,” Logger coach Dracy McCoy said. “Morgan rebounded really well, and Brooklyn had great passes and made several steals and lay-ins.”
Hamilton added five steals, and the Loggers led 28-12 by halftime.
“It was a good chance for our bench to come alive,” McCoy added.
The Loggers (10-9, 4-6 Central 2B League) close out regular season play on Wednesday at home against Kalama.
Trojans Fall to North Beach, 46-36
OCEAN SHORES — Pe Ell fell behind early and was never able to come back here Monday, falling to North Beach 46-36 in Pacific 2B League girls basketball action.
Annika Mason led Pe Ell with 10 points, and Rachel Ward scored four with nine rebounds.
The Trojans trailed 16-3 after a quarter.
“We just didn’t come out ready to play, and North Beach did,” Pe Ell coach Randy Driver said.
Charlie Carper added eight points for Pe Ell, which outscored the Hyaks 33-30 over the final three quarters.
Skyler Langston led North Beach (4-15) with 22 points, and the Hyaks outrebounded Pe Ell 35-28.
“We didn’t rebound,” Driver added. “We have been holding our own on rebounding, but tonight we just didn’t.”
Pe Ell (8-11, 8-9 league) hosts Willapa Valley on Wednesday to wrap up the regular season. The Trojans will begin District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament action on Monday, Feb. 10.
Ducks Beat Out Winlock for District Berth
TOUTLE — Both teams needed a win to secure a playoff bid here Monday night, and both teams played one rough half of basketball.
The Cardinals’ slow first half, however, was too much to overcome, even against Toutle Lake’s slow second half, and the Ducks’ 29-19 C2BL win guaranteed them a District 4 2B Girls Basketball Tournament bid.
Winlock went scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 23-5 by halftime, and couldn’t find the offense to capitalize against a six-point second-half effort from the host Ducks.
“We just came out very flat. We obviously had a hard time scoring in the first quarter,” Winlock coach Tori Nelson said. “It was just a really flat game. … We just dug too deep of a hole in that first half.”
Azhia Camps led Winlock with five points, and eighth-grader Kindyl Kelly made her first varsity start and scored four points. The Cardinals were without starter Karlie Jones.
“She was aggressive,” Nelson said of Kelly. “For her to come out and play without fear is pretty impressive.“
Jasmine Smith and Molly Donald each scored seven to lead Toutle Lake. The teams combined to go 17 of 77 (22%) from the field.
Winlock (7-12, 2-7 league) closes out the season at Rainier on Wednesday. Toutle Lake (4-6 league) will begin District 4 action on Monday.
INDIANS 43, VIKINGS 31
Mossyrock 7 12 5 7 —31
Toledo 14 12 5 12 —43
Mossyrock (31) — Nelson 12, Torrey 6, Vigre 6, Brooks 3
FG: 12 of 33 —.364 FT: N/A Reb. 22
Toledo (43) — Spahr 15, Schaplow 8, Cadarso 7, Madill 7, Holmes 4, Smith 2
FG: 18 of 34 —.529 FT: N/A Reb. 28 (Spahr 12)
LOGGERS 53, GRIZZLIES 25
Onalaska 14 14 17 8 —53
Hoquiam 6 6 5 8 —25
Onalaska (53) — Naillon 6, Duryea 3, Hamilton 16, Sandridge 20, Russ 6, C. Cleveland-Barrera 2
FG: 23 of 58 —.397 FT: 4 of 12 —.333 Reb. 35 (Hamilton 15)
Hoquiam (23) — Brydon 4, Elders 5, Sampson-Eastman 3, Krohn 3, Strom 2, German 6
FG: 10 of 52 —.192 FT: 4 of 10 —.400 Reb. 27
At Ocean Shores
HYAKS 46, TROJANS 36
Pe Ell 3 10 10 13 —36
North Beach 16 9 14 7 —46
Pe Ell (36) — Mason 10, Carper 8, Hill 7, Ward 4, Howard 4, Krafczyk 1, Peterson 2
FG: 13 of 59 —.220 FT: 8 of 13 —.615 Reb. 28 (Ward 9)
North Beach (46) — Eastman 6, Cox 1, Eang 11, Langston 22, Osborne-Hansen 1, Carcaise 5
FG: 15 of 46 —.326 FT: 10 of 21 —.476 Reb. 35
At Toutle Lake
DUCKS 29, CARDINALS 19
Winlock 0 5 6 8 —19
Toutle Lake 11 12 5 1 —29
Winlock (19) — Kelly 4, Wolfe 2, Barragan 1, Gil-Munoz 3, Camps 5, Hall 2, Peppers 2
FG: 6 of 38 —.158 FT: 5 of 13 —.385 Reb. 24 (Hall 7)
Toutle Lake (29) — J. Smith 7, Grabenhorst 6, Donald 7, King 4, Studebaker-Smith 3, K. Smith 2
FG: 11 of 39 —.282 FT: 6 of 10 —.600 Reb. 41