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PORT TOWNSEND — Maddy Hinrichs, Shayla Northern and Krista Johnson all scored in double figures as the Port Angeles girls basketball team clinched the Olympic League championship outright Tuesday night.
Hinrichs led the way with 16 points as the Roughriders held off Port Townsend 51-36.
The 2A Riders (14-1 in league, 14-4 overall) earn a bye in the first round of the district tournament. They will open tourney play Thursday, Feb. 14.
The 1A Redskins, meanwhile, advance to a playoff pigtail game Saturday night because they will finish in the top seven in the 2A Olympic League.
Port Townsend will host the No. 4 1A team from the Nisqually League at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Both the Riders and Redskins have one game left in Olympic League pay.
“We hope to finish the league season strongly with a win Friday against a tough Olympic team — which beat North Kitsap [Tuesday night] to maintain their tie for second place with Bremerton,” Port Angeles coach Michael Poindexter said.
The Riders will play at Olympic (12-3, 15-4) in Silverdale starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Redskins (6-9, 10-9), meanwhile, conclude the regular season tonight at Sequim (5-10, 7-12). The game, originally set for Friday, was moved up a day so the Redskins wouldn’t have to play back-to-back games.
Guard trio scores well
On Tuesday, Northern netted 13 points and Johnson added 12 for the Riders who led 16-8 after one quarter and by a commanding 42-25 going into the final period.
“The guard trio of Maddy Hinrichs, Shayla Northern and Krista Johnson led a balanced scoring effort,” Poindexter said.
“As an entire team, we executed our offense as well as we have all season.”
Port Townsend handled the Riders’ full-court pressure well, Poindexter said.
“But I was happy, on the whole, with our half-court defense. Our one big downfall was putting them on the free-throw line way too often.”
The Redskins were 12 of 28 from the line.
“We had a couple of players battling illness and I was impressed with our team unity amidst the adversity of depth issues and foul trouble,” Poindexter said.
“For Port Townsend, Codi Hallinan had a very nice overall game, and Jewel Johnson was again difficult for us to contain on a full-court basis,” he added.
Hallinan led the Redskins with 13 points.
“We feel that these last two league games this week are our last opportunity to polish our game in preparation for the district tournament,” Poindexter said.
“Our coaching staff was very pleased at how well we fixed some of the problems that plagued us in the game against Sequim last week.”
Port Angeles 51,
Port Townsend 36
Port Angeles 16 9 17 9— 51
Port Townsend 8 8 9 11— 36
Port Angeles (51)
Hinrichs 16, Northern 13, K. Johnson 12, Jeffers 4, Frazier 3, Walker 2, Jones 1.
Port Townsend (36)
Hallinan 13, J. Johnson 6, Hossack 5, Olin 4, Rubio 3, Lyons 3, Apker 1, Reeves 1.
Cedar Park 47, Chimacum 41
CHIMACUM — The Cowboys had another strong effort, tied at halftime and ahead by six going into the final period against Nisqually League rival Cedar Park Christian on Tuesday night.
“Fantastic effort — that is what I can say in this one,” Chimacum coach Trevor Huntingford said.
“This game was like the last three, tight the whole way.”
Chimacum’s Bailey Castillo was knocked to the floor, hitting her head at the buzzer ending the third quarter.
Play was delayed 30-plus minutes while Castillo was looked at by paramedics.
“She fortunately was released from the hospital within an hour or so with a concussion, and it seems she will be fine but will need to be observed and will most likely have a continuing headache,” Huntingford said.
“At the point the game stopped, we had great momentum and seemed to be pulling away. After the stop in play, Cedar Park seemed to find some traction and made a push, eventually taking the lead in late fourth.
“This season was a true test of character, and when you face adversity like we have this season, we get to find out our true character.
“Our character showed that we don’t quit, and we fought out every last game and improved to the very end.
“Hats off to these girls.”
Mallori Cossell paced the Cowboys with 12 points while Kiersten Snyder added nine.
Cedar Park Christian 47,
Cedar Park 11 15 3 18— 47
Chimacum 10 16 9 6— 41
Cedar Park (47)
Goodnight 21, Kauffman 13, Barclay 6, Vanberg 6, Korolenko 1.
Cossell 12, A. Thacker 7, L. Thacker 6, Cerna 2, Castillo 4, Johnson 1, Snyder 9.
LaCENTER — The Spartans lost a heartbreaker in a district crossover game at higher-seeded LaCenter on Tuesday night.
“Overall, I’m very proud of how the Lady Spartans finished their season,” Forks coach Al Scheibner said.
“To only have three wins and go to third-place LaCenter and give them a game was very rewarding.
“I am extremely proud of the four seniors, who played their hearts out not only in this game but the entire season.”
The seniors are Terra Sheriff-Penn, Jillian Raben, Sassy Price and Casey Williams
“Our underclassmen got some much needed experience in what a playoff game is like, so I’m really looking forward to next season.”
LaCenter, 15-6, had its hands full against the 3-16 Spartans.
The Spartans had a 32-27 lead going into the final period.
Raben led Forks with 20 points while Katie Whitten sank a game-high 25 for LaCenter.
“It was fun watching two point guards go at it for 32 minutes,” Scheibner said.
“The sophomore Katie Whitten from LaCenter, and our senior Jillian Raben, both guarded each other and it was a fun matchup to watch.
“Once again Jillian provided our scoring in critical moments to keep us in the game.
“Sassy Price, who was sick with the flu, scored all of her points in the second half to give us an opportunity to win.
“Casey Williams and Terra Sheriff-Penn also contributed in the second half. Erin Weekes had a great rebounding night in pulling down 12 rebounds, five of them offensive.”
LaCenter 46, Forks 43
Forks 12 6 14 11— 43
LaCenter 12 9 6 19— 46
Sheriff-Penn 3, Paul 2, Raben 20, Price 6, Weekes 4, Williams 6, Flores 2.
Whitten 25, Griffey 11, Denney 10.
Bremerton 57, Sequim 23
SEQUIM — Eboni Harpes led the Knights with 17 points and 17 rebounds in the Olympic League game Tuesday night.
Bremerton held Sequim to single-digit scoring the whole way.
The Knights had three players score in double figures as Terra Driskell sank 14 and Sawyer Kluge added 13.
The Wolves (5-10, 7-12) conclude regular season play tonight at home against Port Townsend (6-9, 10-9). The game starts at 7.
Bremerton 57, Sequim 23
Bremerton 14 11 16 16— 57
Sequim 4 5 7 7— 23
Harpes 17, Driskell 14, Kluge 13, Beach 8, Jackson 5.
Benz 5, Anderson 5, Haupt 1, Cummins 2, Guan 2, Wallner 4, Beuke 2, Besand 2.
BREMERTON — Jayson Brocklesby lit up the scoreboard for 30 points to tie for the school record of scoring 30-plus points in five games with one contest to go.
“Jayson was huge for us,” Sequim coach Greg Glasser said.
The Knights hung with the Wolves for most of the night, trailing just 29-26 at halftime and 42-38 going into the final period.
But Sequim outscored Bremerton by seven in the fourth quarter to put a little distance between the teams.
Alex Barry netted 12 points and had seven rebounds for the Wolves while Gabe Carter scored six points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed seven rebounds for another strong all-around game.
“Barry was huge for us down the stretch,” Glasser said.
“He scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, and he was 6 of 8 in free throws down the stretch.
“[Anthony] Pinza and [Gabe] Carter helped us handle their pressure and led the team.”
The Wolves remain tied for first place in the Olympic League with Olympic, both stand 14-1 in league and 16-3 overall, after the Trojans beat North Kitsap 70-64 on Tuesday night.
Should the two teams remain tied after the final regular-season games — Sequim plays at Port Townsend tonight and Olympic is at Port Angeles on Friday — they will bump heads again in a playoff game for the league’s top seed, as well as a first-round bye, in next week’s West Central District tournament.
If such a playoff game is necessary, it will be played Monday at 7 p.m. at North Kitsap High School.
Cedar Park Christ. 73,
CHIMACUM — The Cowboys closed their season with a loss to the first-place Eagles on Tuesday night.
Trey Drechsel scored a game-high 19 points and Luke Saufferer and Evan Scholten each added 13 for Cedar Park Christian, which finished the regular season with a 15-1 league record (19-1 overall).
Derek Ajax led Chimacum (1-15, 3-17) with 11 points, while Rafael Pagasian scored five and Kaleib Richey had four. Daryl Settlemire, Orion Weller and Riley Downs all scored two points apiece.
Cedar Park Christian 73,
Cedar Park 20 18 19 16— 73
Chimacum 5 6 10 7— 28
Cedar Park Christian (73)
Drechsel 19, Kragerud 2, Anderson 3, Almeida 4, Saufferer 13, Scholten 13, McLaurin 9, Christenson 8, Penchion 2.
Pagasian 5, Richey 4, Downs 2, Ajax 11, Weller 2, Settlemire 2.