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Wednesday’s Prep Girls Basketball Roundup: Bearcats Thump Wilson to Stay Perfect

HOLIDAY ROUNDUP: Bearcats Go 2-0 in Tiger Town Shootout
By The Chronicle
NAPAVINE — W.F. West used a big first half to get a leg up on the Rams here Wednesday night and wound up outpacing their opponents by a score of 83-57 in the Tiger Town Christmas Shootout.
The Bearcats went 2-0 in the two-day event to run their record to 7-0 on the season.
The Bearcats had 11 girls score in the game, including four players in double digits. Lexie Strasser led the Bearcats with 16 points while Shasta Lofgren added 13. Erika Brumfield and Madi Haakenson added 10 points each for W.F. West.
“I try to put some of those young girls in and not just when the game’s out of hand in order to give them a real taste,” said W.F. West coach Tom Kelly.
Aside from a hot shooting night that saw the Bearcats fire away from the field at a 51-percent clip and from the free throw stripe at a 76-percent pace, they also dominated the glass. Brumfield alone gathered up a team-high 14 rebounds to notch the double-double and finished just one rebound short of the Rams’ team total.
“I thought she played great,” said Kelly of Brumfield. “She just plays with so much energy. How many 6-foot-3 girls do you see play with that kind of energy?”
After jumping out to a 22-12 lead in the first quarter W.F. West was able to take a 47-32 lead into the half. They kept on adding to the lead in the second half as well by outscoring the Rams 11-4 in the third and 25-21 in the final frame.
“Wilson wasn’t a bad team. They had some players. I just thought we played with so much energy that it’s hard for teams sometimes to go up against that,” said Kelly. “There’s still some things that we need to work on. Rebounding, boxing out better. Just every phase of the game. LIke I told them after the game, now we can go back and practice. The games are fun. Practices aren’t as much fun. They’re hard work, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
W.F. West plays at Rochester next Thursday in their first Evergreen 2A Conference game.

King’s Runs Past Tigers
NAPAVINE — Melissa Lee had her usual big game, but King’s shut the Tigers down in the first half en route to a 55-30 win here Wednesday in the Tiger Town Christmas Shootout.
Lee, a junior guard, scored 19 points with 16 rebounds to pace Napavine.
Becca Snaza added 9 points for the Tigers, while Casey Kispert led King’s with 16 points.
The Knights led 25-11 at halftime.
“They pressured us, which, we’re young enough that we can’t handle yet,” Napavine coach Jeremy Landram said. “But there’s progress in every game. We’re on our way up.”
Lucy Sevilla and freshmen Grace Bruneau and Chloe Stewart all played well, Landram added.
Napavine (4-4) plays a nonleague game at Black Hills on Tuesday.

Pirates Pop Republic 59-51
CHELAN — Kenya Lorton and Devanie Kleemeyer combined for 43 points to lead Adna past Republic, 59-51, here Wednesday in the first day of the Chelan Holiday Tournament.
Both teams entered the contest undefeated, with Republic returning four starters from a squad that finished second to Colton at last year’s State 2B Girls Basketball Tournament.
Republic led 28-27 at halftime, with Lorton scoring 13 points to keep the Pirates in the game.
“She really played well in that first half, but we were able to come back and take the lead,” Adna coach Chris Bannish said.
Kleemeyer then did most of her damage in the second half, moving into the post and scoring 15 points after the break.
“We had a couple matchups we liked, and she took over,” Bannish said.
Lili Glover and Darian Humphrey drew the defensive assignment on Shania Graham, Republic’s leading scorer with a 26-a-game average coming into Wednesday’s game, and held the senior guard to 11 points.
“That’s really where we won the game,” Bannish pointed out.
Glover added 8 points, and Isabella Elwood scored 6 with eight rebounds.
Adna (8-0, 5-0 Central 2B League) will face either Chelan or Oroville at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Tenino Shuts Down Rainier
TENINO — The Beavers held Rainier to 6 points in the first half to allow Tenino to cruise to a 34-16 win in nonleague action here on Wednesday.
Tenino’s Kaylee Schow led all scorers with 11 points, and Caitlyn Antill added 8 for the Beavers. Nicole Francis led Rainier with 8 points.
Both teams struggled to find offense early, with Tenino leading 7-3 after a quarter. The Beavers started to make shots and held an 18-6 lead at halftime.
“It was pretty low scoring, started kind of slow. I told the girls we have to bring lots of energy, it’s over break and there’s not a ton of people,” Tenino coach Brandi Thomas said. “It was more of a defensive game. That’s what we were relying on most.”
Tenino (8-2) plays its first Evergreen 1A League game Tuesday against Hoquiam in Tenino.

Timberwolves Devour Warriors for Tournament Title
ROCHESTER — Morton-White Pass used a big second half to power past Rochester 46-36 to give the Timberwolves the Rochester Holiday Hoops tournament title here on Wednesday.
MWP was led by Kyla Goble with 16 points, and Jacie Dunlap and Taylor Nilius each scored 11 for the Timberwolves.
Emily Gedney led Rochester with 13 points.
“It was just a good holiday tournament for us. I told the girls we need to take some positive steps,” MWP coach Tom Griffith said. “We had a good practice on monday, a better performance last night, and our best game of the season tonight against Rochester. We are headed in the right direction.”
The teams were knotted at 11 after the first quarter and tied at 18 at halftime. Rochester went cold in the second half, shooting 4 of 29 from the field, allowing MWP to take the lead and cruise to the win.
“Honestly, it was probably the worst shooting half I’ve been a part of in 10 years,” Rochester coach A.J. Easley said. “It wasn’t like we were shooting contested shots. We didn’t have enough in the tank and enough grit to keep pushing through. We got tired, and shots kept falling short.”
Rochester (3-6) has more than a week off before beginning Evergreen 2A Conference play by hosting W.F. West on Jan. 5 in Rochester. MWP (3-5, 0-4 Central 2B League) travels to Winlock on Wednesday in a C2BL matchup.
NOTE: The Rochester Holiday Hoops All-Tournament Team consisted of MWP’s Goble and Dunlap, Rochester’s Paige Winter and Lexi Sederberg and Castle Rock’s Nakayla Ehrhorn.

At Napavine
W.F. West 22 25 11 25 —83
Wilson 12 20 4 21 —57
W.F. West (83) — Strasser 16, Lofgren 13, Brumfield 10, M. Haakenson 10, Johnson 7, Bennett 7, Fast 6, Steen 5, McCallum 4, Lopez 3, Noble 2
FG: 31 of 61 —.508 FT: 16 of 21 —.762 Reb: 32 (Brumfield 14)
Wilson (57) — Matz 19, McMillan 15, Grant 5, Ayler 4, Harris 4, Lalau 4, Maxwell 3, Williams 3
FG: 19 of 45 —.422 FT: 12 of 16 —.750 Reb: 15

At Napavine
King’s 14 11 16 14 —55
Napavine 6 5 10 9 —30
King’s (55) — Kirton 2, Kispert 16, Phelan 3, Schwab 8, H. Echelbarger 16, Storkson 2, A. Echelbarger 4, Friedline 4
FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb. N/A
Napavine (30) — Bruneau 2, Snaza 9, Lee 19
FG: 10 of 33 —.300 FT: 7 of 17 —.418 Reb. 25 (Lee 16)

At Chelan
Adna 16 11 16 16 —59
Republic 15 13 8 15 —51
Adna (59) — Glover 8, Lorton 22, Foster 2, Kleemeyer 21, Elwood 6
FG: 21 of 65 —.323 FT: 14 of 19 —.737 Reb. 35 (Kleemeyer 10, Foster, Elwood 8)
Republic (51) — VanSlyke 18, Koepke 5, Beckwith 15, Graham 11, Allen 2
FG: 20 of 46 —.435 FT: 4 of 16 —.250 Reb. 23

At Tenino
Rainier 3 3 4 6 — 16
Tenino 7 11 6 10 — 34
Rainier (16) — Francis 8, Holmes 7, Beadle 1
FG: 4 of 31 — .129 FT: 5 of 12 — .416 Rebs. N/A
Tenino — Antill 8, Duncan 4, Mathis 3, Holman 6, Wachter 2, Schow 11
FG: 8 of 48 — .166 FT: 9 of 23 — .391 Rebs. N/A

At Rochester
MWP 11 7 14 14 — 46
Rochester 11 7 6 12 — 36
MWP (46) — Dunlap 11, Nilius 11, Hampton 2, Collette 2, Goble 16, Dotson 2, Salguero 2
FG: 20 of 54 — .370 FT: 3 of 15 — .200 Rebs. 36 (Nilius 11)
Rochester (36) — Gedney 13, Sederberg 8, Lewis 2, Winter 8, Fry 1, Elkins 4
FG: 11 of 53 — .207 FT: 10 of 20 — .500 Rebs. 26 (Winter 9)

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