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Thursday’s Prep Roundup: Nilius’ Half-Court Heave Wins It for MWP

TOLEDO — Taylor Nilius capped a big night with a game-winning shot, banking in a half-court toss as time expired here Thursday night to give Morton-White Pass a 46-43 win over Toledo in Central 2B League girls basketball action.

With the game tied at 43-all, Morton-White Pass took the ball out of bounds from under the far hoop with 4 seconds left on the clock. The Timberwolves looked for a long pass but couldn’t find it and Nilius, passing it in on the play, tossed it to a closer teammate, who gave it back to the 5-foot-9 sophomore. She banked in the runner as time expired for the final margin.

Toledo coach J.B. Ewers said it was the first time in almost 10 years at Toledo his team has lost a game in that fashion.

“Life in the fast lane,” he said. “We haven’t had any half-court buzzer-beaters like that.”

Nilius finished with a game-high 18 points, while Anna Tauscher led Toledo with 16.

Morton-White Pass trailed 25-19 at halftime, but took a 43-38 lead with about 3 minutes left in the game. Ally Bacon then hit a 3-pointer — one of two in the fourth quarter for the junior guard — and Kal Schaplow added a lay-up that tied the game at 43.

The teams swapped fruitless offensive possessions before the final play.

“It was kind of a game that went back and forth,” Ewers said. “We got some good stops on defense, and then missed probably three lay-ins that would have given us the lead at the time.”

Hannah Smathers added 13 points for MWP, and Schaplow finished with 13 for Toledo.

School was cancelled in Toledo on Thursday, and Ewers said the cancellation didn’t do the team any favors.

“We didn’t play with much energy. … We just kind of showed up and had a hard time getting going,” he said. “Finally Ally Bacon kind of gave us a jolt of energy. She kind of got us back into the game and gave us a chance to win.”

Toledo (4-9, 2-7 league) hosts Onalaska on Tuesday. Morton-White Pass (4-8, 1-7) hosts Rainier on Saturday in Morton at 6 p.m. as part of a coed doubleheader.
At Toledo


Morton-WP 7  12 13  13 —46

Toledo        12   13  8  10 —43

Morton-White Pass (46) — Dunlap 5, Nilius 18, Goble 6, Smathers 13, Dotson 2, Salguero 2

FG: 19 of 53 —.358 FT: 6 of 11 —.545 Reb. 26

Toledo (43) — Holmes 2, Bacon 6, Tauscher 16, Richardson 4, Schaplow 13, Olson 2

FG: 12 of 51 —.235 FT: 15 of 18 —.833 Reb. 29


2A Boys Basketball: Aberdeen Roars Back to Beat Rochester

ABERDEEN — The Warriors had the game in hand, but not quite in their pocket.

Rochester held a 5-point lead midway through the fourth quarter here Thursday night, but Aberdeen found its shooting touch and rallied to pick up a 52-42 Evergreen 2A Conference boys basketball victory.

“We had the finish line right there in front of us, and they got hot at the right time,” Rochester coach Mark Goldrick said. “We really started fouling a little bit at the end. It wasn’t a 10-point game, but it got stretched out in the last 30 seconds or minute.”

Noah Escott led Rochester with 17 points, and the Warriors were up 31-29 heading into the fourth quarter.

“It would have been nice to hold on and get it, but we rushed things a little bit,” Goldrick said. “They hit the shots when they needed to.”

Josh Collett and Braden Castleberry-Taylor each scored 12 to lead Aberdeen, and Victor Gomez chipped in 10 points.

Keegan Goldrick added 8 points for Rochester, while Bryce Lollar and Stephen Robinson each grabbed six rebounds.

“We’re starting to put it together a little bit,” the coach said, “so I think things are a little better than they were a few weeks ago.”

Rochester (3-10, 0-3 league) plays at Black Hills on Tuesday in another Evergreen 2A Conference matchup.
At Aberdeen


Rochester 14  4 13   11 —42

Aberdeen  13  9   7  23 —52

Rochester (42) — Escott 17, Goldrick 8, Lollar 5, Erickson 4, Cabrera 4, Valley 2, Robinson 2

FG: 15 of 49 —.306 FT: 9 of 14 —.642 Reb. 22 (Lollar, Robinson 6)

Aberdeen (52) — Collett 12, Castleberry-Taylor 12, Gomez 10, Roiko 8, Dublanko 5, Troy 5

FG: N/A FT: 12 of 19 —.632 Reb. N/A


2A Wrestling: Bobcats Trounce Rochester in EvCo Dual

ROCHESTER — A young Warriors squad ran into trouble on the mat here Thursday in a 65-9 loss to Aberdeen in Evergreen 2A Conference wrestling action.

Nate Kilmer pinned Sam Becker in 3 minutes, 52 seconds in the 170-pound bout, and Jeremy Brandt beat Caleb Lock 7-0 at 113 for the Warriors.

Kilmer, a sophomore wrestling for the first time, performed well, according to Rochester coach Jason Dick.

“He wrestled a tough match and got a win out of it,” Dick said. “We’re a young team, a bunch of young inexperienced kids, and they’re starting to become wrestlers now.”

The match of the night, however, was Aberdeen’s Angel Cisneros’ 2-0 win over Jacob Paris on an early takedown at the end of the second round.

“It was kind of a controversial call,” Dick said. “It was the only points scored in the match. If you like wrestling, it was a great match.”

Aberdeen picked up seven pins and a technical fall in the win.

The evening’s events also featured a girls dual, which featured wins by Rochester’s Danika Hunsaker (a pin at 130 pounds) and Elizabeth Ware (135, 11-7 decision).

“They’re improving weekly,” Dick said of the Warrior girls wrestlers. “They’re going out there and beating upperclassmen left and right, so it’s been fun watching this young team of boys and girls improve weekly.”

Rochester will wrestle at Fife’s Lads and Lasses Tournament on Saturday in Fife, and will wrestle a nonleague dual at rival Tenino on Tuesday.
At Rochester



138: Bode Wharton (A) pinned Michael North, 2:48

145: Patrick Hunt (A) pinned Ian Clark, 1:00

152: Brody Trader (A) pinned Jakxen Wherry, 1:19

160: Nick Davis (A) forfeit

170: Nate Kilmer (R) pinned Sam Becker, 3:52

182: Jacob Jameson (A) pinned Chase Edminster, 2:47

195: Andres Cisneros (A) def. Elises Tinoco, 7-0

220: Austin Estrada (A) pinned Nate Dickerson, 5:51

285: Tyler Murray (A) pinned Cory Urvina, 1:25

106: Cameron Harris (A) forfeit

113: Jeremy Brandt (R) def. Caleb Lock, 7-0

120: Angel Cisneros (A) def. Jacob Paris, 2-0

126: Edgar Salazar (A) pinned Cade Lenzi, 3:06

132: Tyler Soupnaousipon (A) tech. fall Jayden Lancaster, 15-0

110: Alexie Portman (A) def. Rocio Monroy, 15-10 OT

115: Brie Ware (R) won by disqualification

125: Maya Kohl (A) pinned Sufina Ahmath

130: Dakota Hunsaker (R) pinned Hannah Jacobs

135: Elizabeth Ware (R) def. Amanda Brandt, 11-7

170: Ellie Machowek (A) pinned Alysha Kester

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