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Wednesday’s Prep Girls Basketball: T-Wolves Hold Off Rochester 36-30

MWP’s Jacie Dunlap (1) takes the ball up the court sidelines Wednesday night at Rochester High School.

T-Wolves Hold Off Rochester 36-30

ROCHESTER — The Timberwolves built a big lead in the third quarter to finish out a 36-30 nonleague win over Rochester here Wednesday at the Warrior Holiday Hoops Tourney.

Jacie Dunlap led Morton-White Pass with 13 points, and MWP led 14-13 after a slow first half.

“It was a close, tight game in the first half,” MWP coach Tom Griffith said. “I didn’t think either team really got on track or shot the ball really well at all.”

Ratcheting up the defensive pressure in the third frame, however, afforded the Timberwolves a few more offensive opportunities, and MWP stretched the lead to 28-16 after three quarters.

“We came out with a little pressure in the third quarter, and that kind of seemed to loosen things up and get things running,” Griffith said.

Lexi Jones-Sederberg led Rochester with 10 points, but the Warriors shot just 9 of 63 (14 percent) from the field. Emily Elkins added 5 points and 10 rebounds, while Paige Winter grabbed eight boards.

Guarding Winter, a high-scoring post, was a point of focus for the Timberwolves.

“I think she’s a pretty good sophomore. We played them last year (in this tournament) and she got us a little,” Griffith said. “We were pretty aware of her tonight and did a good job on her … So I was happy with that, but she’s a tough girl. She’s a good one.”

Dunlap hit four 3-pointers for MWP, while Elexcious Hampton and Hannah Smathers each added 7 points. Sierra Dotson added 6 points and eight rebounds.

Rochester trailed by 12 with 30 seconds left in the game, but canned a pair of 3-pointers to close the gap.

Morton-White Pass (5-3, 4-1 Central 2B League) is back in Rochester Thursday night for a 6 p.m. game with Castle Rock, which beat Fort Vancouver 44-36 on Wednesday. Rochester (3-6) then faces Fort Vancouver at 8 p.m.

At Rochester


Morton-WP 9 5 14 8 —36

Rochester    7 4 3 16 —30

Morton-White Pass (36) — Dunlap 13, Hampton 7, Peters 3, Smathers 7, Dotson 6

FG: 12 of 45 —.267 FT: 7 of 15 —.467 Reb. 34 (Peters, Dotson 8)

Rochester (30) — Schneider 8, Hahn 2, Jones-Sederberg 10, Winter 2, E. Elkins 5, M. Elkins 3

FG: 9 of 63 —.143 FT: 8 of 11 —.727 Reb. 34 (E. Elkins 10, Jones-Sederberg 8)

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