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Thursday’s 2A/1A Girls BB: Wilkerson Leads Centralia Past Rochester

Images from an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game between Rochester and Centralia at Rochester High School on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

EvCo: Tigers Hold Warriors in Check for 40-22 League Win

By Matt Baide


ROCHESTER — Rachel Wilkerson scored 12 points to lead the Tigers to a 40-22 win over Rochester in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game here on Thursday.

Points were tough to come by on both sides, but unselfishness helped Centralia pull out the win, according to coach Doug Ashmore.

“At times we looked good. I think the one thing I love about our team is that the girls, they don’t care who scores,” Ashmore said. “Rachel had to pick it up tonight because they really emphasized taking Ellie (Corwin) away tonight.”

Wilkerson also grabbed seven rebounds and added steals. Corwin had a team-high eight rebounds, and Hannah Porter chipped in with 8 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Paige Winter led Rochester with 12 points.

Neither team was hot out of the gate, but the Tigers led 10-2 after a quarter and 17-9 at halftime.

Centralia had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half.

“We’ve been really trying to say that is one of our goals. We’ve got to offensive board better and our girls really bought into that,” Ashmore said. “That was really key to us getting a little bit of a lead, because we weren’t shooting that well, but we played great defense.”

The Warriors managed just 3 points in the final frame to allow Centralia to cruise to the win.

Ashmore said he was happy with the play of Kylie Sharp and Makayla Erickson atop the Tigers’ press defense.

Rochester had its chances, but coach A.J. Easley said the team has to do a better job minimizing its opponents’ possessions.

“What it came down to was we didn’t do a good job holding them to one shot on offense,” Rochester coach A.J. Easley said. “We’ve got to do a better job on offense. For three quarters, I thought our kids played hard. We’re having a hard time putting 32 minutes together.”

Easley was optimistic, noting both teams’ youth, and hopes it will be a rivalry in the years to come.

“It’s very good matchup. I know he’s got some young kids. I think it will be a very good league matchup,” Easley said, noting that he played for Ashmore while in high school. “I have the utmost respect for him. I’m proud of our kids and how we battled. As long as we get better every night, we’re improving.”

Centralia (11-5, 4-2 league) hosts Tumwater on Wednesday while Rochester (5-11, 1-5) hosts W.F. West on Wednesday in a pair of EvCo games.


Brumfield’s Double-Double Paces Bearcats Past Wolves

TUMWATER — Erika Brumfield scored 14 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead the Bearcats to a 74-41 win over Black Hills in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls basketball game here on Thursday.

Julia Johnson and Kiara Steen each added 13 points for the Bearcats. Lindsey Nurmi and Megan River each scored 10 points to lead the Wolves.

The Bearcats had 11 steals, with Maggie Vadala, Johnson and Brumfield each recording three.

W.F. West led 17-7 after one quarter and pushed the lead to 38-19 at halftime. The Bearcats pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Black Hills 21-9.

It was the second win over Black Hills for W.F. West, which finished second to the Wolves last year in the EvCo standings but beat Black Hills in the third-place game of the State 2A tournament.  

The Bearcats (14-2, 6-0) travels to Rochester for an EvCo matchup on Wednesday.


Beavers Crush Three Rivers Christian

KELSO — Kaylee Schow had her usual big game and the Beavers put away Three Rivers Christian, 42-27, on Thursday in nonleague girls hoops action.

Schow, a junior, scored 25 points with eight rebounds, and Tenino led 28-16 at halftime.

“We’ve taken time to focus on a lot of little things, and I think we’re starting to finally come out of our shell,” Tenino coach Brandi Thomas said, “so it’s exciting to see.”

Rhian Mathis added 7 points and eight rebounds for Tenino.

Bailee Williams-Wallace led Three Rivers Christian with 14 points.

Tenino (8-8, 1-3 league) hosts Hoquiam on Friday for senior night, with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.


At Rochester


Centralia 10 7 11 12 —40

Rochester 2 7 10  3 —22

Centralia (40) — Sharp 5, Wilkerson 12, Strophy 4, Porter 8, Kaut 3, Corwin 5, Erickson 3

FG: 14 of 57 —.245 FT: 9 of 16 —.562 Reb: 33

Rochester (22) — Bates 2, Hahn 2, Sederberg 6, Winter 12

FG: 10 of 43 —.232 FT: 2 of 5 —.400 Reb: 31 (Sederberg 10)


At Kelso


Tenino              19 9 8 6 —42

Three Riv. Chr. 11 5 9 2 —27

Tenino (42) — Letts 4, Mathis 7, Schow 25, Collins 4, Dowies 2

FG: 12 of 41 —.293 FT: 15 of 22 —.682 Reb. 35 (Dowies, Schow, Mathis 8)

Three Rivers Christian (27) — Carns 7, Gushman 2, Williams-Wallace 14, Morrison 2, Wright 2

FG: 11 of 36 —.306 FT: 4 of 6 —.667 Reb. N/A


At Tumwater


W.F. West 17 21 21 15 —74

Black Hills  7 12  9  13 —41

W.F. West (74) — Brumfield 14, Johnson 13, Steen 13, McCallum 8, Warring 8, Vadala 7, Bennett 5, Akins 2, Henry 2, Tomo 1, Mencke 1

FG: 24 of 57 —.421 FT: 21 of 27 —.777 Reb: 26 (Brumfield 11)

Black Hills (41) — Nurmi 10, River 10, Bender 8, Greenfield 4, Bonvenkamp 4, Lee 2, Serhan 2, Carson 1

FG: 11 of 47 —.234 FT: 15 of 21 —.714 Reb: 25

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