Thursday’s Girls Basketball: Tigers’ Petrino Sinks Vikings at the Buzzer
By Jordan Nailon / firstname.lastname@example.org
With just ten seconds remaining in the contest here Thursday night the Tigers watched on as their game long lead evaporated like hot breath in the cold night air. The North Kitsap Vikings ran a perfectly executed set play out of a timeout that netted them an easy bucket from Raelee Moore on the low block and, in turn, a fresh 41-40 lead over the hometown Tigers.
Unphased by the sudden turn of events, Centralia junior Chelsea Petrino took a hurried in bounds pass, put her head down and charged the length of the floor before pulling up with a 10-foot floater that kissed off the glass and rattled home at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 42-41 victory over the Vikings at the Centralia Holiday Tournament.
Asked to describe the play while still in the elated throes of the last second victory Petrino said it was all just a blur.
“It was just an adrenaline rush. I thought I was going to to air ball it or get fouled. But it went in,” said Petrino, who finished the night with a game-high 17 points.
Petrino scored 11 of those points in the second half while Centralia’s lightning rod post Ellie Corwin was forced to the bench with foul trouble. Corwin finished the game with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds but her team was left reeling for a time in her absence.
Once Petrino got hot though, the Tigers were back in business.
“That’s the second game she’s won for us this year,” said Centralia coach Doug Ashmore. “It was nice to see when Ellie got in foul trouble (Petrino) really stepped up and helped us.”
Petrino deflected that praise, insisting on sharing the credit with her teammates.
“She’s a big part of our team,” said Petrino of Corwin. “I just kept telling her not to foul out, don’t foul out, we need you. I think our whole team stepped up when she went out.”
Although they trailed for all but about nine seconds of the game the Vikings always refused to go quietly into the dark night, and actually managed to out rebound the tall Tigers by a tally of 37-30. North Kitsap was led in scoring by Moore’s 13 points, while Lauren Weins added nine points.
“They fought,” said Ashmore of the tenacious Vikings team. “They never gave up at any point. As a coach you’re always going to be proud of that kind of effort.”
Helping the Tigers to repel that valiant Viking attack was Carissa Kaut who added ten points for the Tigers. With Corwin on the bench for much of the game, including the final 3:11 seconds after she fouled out, a number of players were forced into unfamiliar roles and asked to rise to the occasion.
It was a development that Ashmore was pleased to witness.
“It’s key for our girls because Ellie is our only varsity player we have back. She’s the one that all the girls look up to and it’s a big confidence booster for them to get key minutes down the stretch like that,” explained Ashmore.
Centralia (5-3) will play Port Angeles in the final game of the Holiday Tournament at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Tiger Cage.
Toledo Hangs on Against Kittitas
ELLENSBURG — Toledo built a big lead in the first half and held on in the second half to edge Kittitas 37-36 at the Tarp-It Holiday Tipoff here at Central Washington University on Thursday.
Anna Tauscher led the Indians with 14 points.
Toledo held a 2-point lead with 10 seconds left, and Kittitas fouled Leilani Cline, who made one free throw for a 3-point lead. Toledo executed late, allowing a wide open 2-point shot under the basket, allowing the Indians to run out the clock and hold on for the win.
Toledo led 8-5 after the first quarter, but held Kittitas to 4 points in the second quarter to build a 23-9 lead at halftime.
The Cougars played better to start the second half and cut the Toledo advantage to 28-20 going into the fourth quarter.
“We had a good lead throughout the whole game, but midway through the fourth, the wheels came off for us,” Toledo coach J.B. Ewers said. “We showed some inexperience, collapsed under some late game pressure.”
Toledo built up a 13 point lead in the fourth quarter, but had to hang on late to secure the win.
“We did a good job early on converting. We drove to the basket really well, got really good shots,” Ewers said. “In the fourth quarter, stopped doing the things that were working, one of those moments where we just froze. We had a hard time finishing, thank goodness we held on. It was a good learning time for us.”
Toledo (3-5, 1-4) plays Cle Elum at 5:30 p.m. in the championship game here Friday.
Adna Defeats Chelan for Tournament Title
CHELAN — Adna allowed 13 points in the first half, pacing the Pirates to a 56-35 win over Chelan in the championship game of the Chelan Holiday Tournament here on Thursday.
Kenya Lorton led all scorers with 19 points, Isabella Elwood added 13 points and Lili Glover chipped in 10 points for the Pirates.
Adna led 15-9 after the first quarter, and held the Mountain Goats to 4 points in the second quarter to build a 25-13 lead at halftime, despite some Adna foul trouble.
“We were in foul trouble. Lorton and (Devanie) Kleemeyer both had three fouls in the first half,” Adna coach Chris Bannish said. “(Payton) Aselton had a great first half, helped us keep our head above water. Her and Glover had a good floor game. Without those two, we were in trouble.”
Adna continued to play well in the second half to earn the win.
The Pirates finished third two years ago and lost to Chelan in the finals last year but finally won the big game in their third year at the Chelan Holiday Tournament.
“It’s big for our kids, boys and girls really supported us tonight,” Bannish said. “It was a good bonding trip for the boys and girls, being here for the third year in a row.”
Adna (9-0, 5-0) resumes C2BL play next Wednesday when the Pirates travel to face Mossyrock.
Seagulls Sack Loggers
RAYMOND — A poor shooting night that peaked with a scoreless third quarter doomed Onalaska here Thursday night as they fell to the hometown Seagulls by a score of 57-26 in the Raymond New Year’s Classic.
“We had probably our worst shooting night of the year tonight” said Onalaska coach Dracy McCoy.
The stats back up that assertion as the Loggers shot just 18 percent from the field, including 0 for 13 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Taking advantage of the Loggers shooting woes Raymond took a 31-16 lead into the half and then put the game out of reach when they added 11 points in the third while holding Onalaska scoreless.
“They just shot lights out and we didn’t’,” said McCoy.
Aubree Gardner led all scorers with 25 points in the contest.
“She’s a good shooting guard. She had 19 points in the first half so we slowed her down in the second half,” said McCoy who credited Eryn Duryea for heading an effective box-and-one approach on Gardner.
Freshman Carmen Barrera led Onalaska in scoring with 10 points, while Abigal Bogar added seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Onalaska (3-4, 3-2 league) will face off with Darrington on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Raymond.
TIGERS 42, VIKINGS 41
Centralia 16 6 8 12 —42
North Kitsap 14 5 9 13 —41
Centralia (42) — Petrino 17, Wilkerson 4, Porter 1, Kaut 10, Corwin 10, Erikson, Poore, Jensen
FG: 11 of 38 —.289 FT: 11 of 19 —.579 Reb: 30 (Corwin 7)
North Kitsap (41) — Weins 9, Vest 6, Barreith 4, McKenzie 4, Bato 4, Moore 13, Hughes 1, Apilado
FG: 14 of 45 —.311 FT: 10 of 25 —.400 Reb: 37
INDIANS 37, COUGARS 36
Kittitas 5 4 11 16 — 36
Toledo 8 15 5 9 — 37
Kittitas (36) — Allphin 3, Seddemu 2, Baker 6, Williams 19, Escobar 6
FG: N/A FT: 2 of 2 — 1.00 Rebs. N/A
Toledo (37) — Holmes 5, Bacon 2, Tauscher 14, Richardson 6, Schaplow 6, Cline 3, Olson 1
FG: N/A FT: 8 of 14 — .571 Rebs. N/A
PIRATES 56, MOUNTAIN GOATS 35
Adna 15 10 11 20 — 56
Chelan 9 4 10 12 — 35
Adna (56) — Glover 10, Lorton 19, Kruger 2, Aselton 2, Kleemeyer 8, Elwood 13, Trotter 2
FG: 20 of 61 — .33 FT: 14 of 24 — .58 Rebs. 34 (Kleemeyer 8)
Chelan (35) — Aules 3, M. Oswald 3, Nygreen 4, K. Gleesman 16, L. Gleesman 7, A. Oswald 2
FG: 11 of 49 — .22 FT: 10 of 21 — .48 Rebs. 35
SEAGULLS 57, LOGGERS 26
Raymond 20 11 11 15 —57
Onalaska 7 9 0 10 —26
Raymond (57) — Williams 10, Collins 4, Harland 2, Gardner 25, Newman 5, Flemetis 11
FG: N/A FT: N/A Reb: N/A
Onalaska (26) — Duryea 2, Hoyt 1, Pannkuk 6, Barrera 10, Bogar 7
FG: 10 of 55 — .181 FT: 6 of 13 —.462 Reb: 24 (Hoyt 7, Bogar 9)