GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Port Angeles pulls past Kingston late

KINGSTON — Port Angeles’ deep bench wore down Kingston and stretched open a close Olympic League 2A Division girls basketball contest as the Roughriders prevailed 67-53 over the Buccaneers.

Friday’s game went back-and-forth in the first half as Port Angeles jumped out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter only to see Kingston answer with a 21-9 advantage in the second frame.

“We scored well in the first quarter inside off transitions, dribble attacks, and offensive rebounds,” Riders coach Michael Poindexter said. “In the second quarter, Kingston came back with the help of five three-pointers and we started settling for early outside shots instead of a better balance that we showed early.”

Poindexter said the Bucs finished with nine 3s on the game.

“Our ability to stretch the lead out again in the second half was partly due to our depth,” Poindexter said. “All twelve players contributed to our defensive success, as we got many deflections and steals, and were able to convert those to easy baskets.

“Cheyenne Wheeler and Millie Long had outstanding first halves, both defensively and offensively.

Long led the Riders with 18 points and Wheeler was next in line with 11.

“In the second half, Madi Cooke scored eight of her ten points, mostly in transition off Kingston turnovers,” Poindexter said.

“Natalie Steinman and Gracie Long did a superb job defensively, helping hold Avy Hiner, a second-team all-league player last year, to just two points for the game.”

Port Angeles (2-1, 4-2) hosted Burlington-Edison late Saturday and will be back in action at the Mark Morris holiday tournament in Longview with games against the Monarchs on Thursday, Dec. 28 and Class 4A Puyallup on Friday, Dec. 29.

Port Angeles 67, Kingston 53

Port Angeles 22 9 13 23— 67

Kingston 9 21 10 13— 53

Port Angeles (67) — E. Long 18, Wheeler 11, Cooke 10, Wood 9, Edwards 5, G. Long 5, Politika 3, Brady 2, Steinman 2, Olsen 2, Wenzl, Gray.

Kingston (53) — Beaulieu 15, Gomez 12, Halady 9, Denning 7, Deam 6, A. Hiner 2, E. Hiner 2.

Sequim 57, Sisters, Ore. 32

SEASIDE, Ore. — The Wolves missed out on the first day of a basketball tournament in Seaside due to a scheduling error on the part of the tournament organizers, but made up for it with a 57-32 win over the Outlaws in a consolation bracket game.

“The girls played very tough and set the tempo of the game very early,” Wolves coach Larry Brown said. “Once they figured out the offensive sets of Sisters they forced them into turnover, after turnover.”

Sophomore Hope Glasser scored 21 in the win for Sequim (1-1, 3-3) . Freshman Melissa Porter had 11 points.

“We had great scoring and defensive games by Abigail Schroeder, Hope Glasser, Jayla Julmist, and Melissa Porter,” Brown said.

Port Townsend 36, Bremerton 34

BREMERTON — Kaitlyn Meek had her best game of the year, scoring 20 points and the Redhawks’ defense held the 2A Knights to just 23 points after three quarters in a 36-34 win.

It was the second straight win for Port Townsend, who knocked off Coupeville for the first time since 2015 the week before.

Coach Scott Wilson said the third quarter was pivotal with the Redhawks outscoring the Knights 13-8 to take a 29-23 lead into the fourth. The Knights came back with an 11-7 fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to catch up.

“This is a 2A no-quit team,” said Wilson.

Wilson said that not only is Meek scoring well for the Redhawks, she has really improved her passing and assists.

Izzy Hammett also had eight points for Port Townsend.

Port Townsend (1-1, 2-4) plays Vashon at home at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Port Townsend 36, Bremerton 34

PT 6 10 13 7 — 36

Bremerton 7 8 8 11 — 34

Port Townsend (36) — Meek 20, Hammett 8, Apker-Montoya 4, Kellogg 2, Lake 2.

Bremerton (34) — Lamma 12, Tarbor 9, Anderson 7, Dunklin 5, Green 1.

La Conner 60, Neah Bay 47

LA CONNER — The Red Devils (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the undefeated Braves (7-0), the No. 2 ranked team in the Class 2B WIAA RPI rankings.

Courtney Swan led Neah Bay with 15 points.

Gina McCaulley scored 1o points with six assists and six steals. Lalia Greene added 10 points for the Red Devils and Ruth Moss scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Neah Bay played at 2B Darrington late Saturday.

La Conner 60, Neah Bay 47

Neah Bay 10 12 12 13— 47

La Conner 15 15 12 18— 60

Neah Bay (47) — C. Swan 15, G. McCaulley 10, L. Greene 10, Moss 7, P. Swan 5, Winck, Yallup, Svec,

La Conner (60) — Ju.Benson 26, Lagerway 11, Jo. Benson 8, Hagen 7, O’Brien 4, Sloniker 4.

Chimacum 41, Klahowya 36

CHIMACUM — The Cowboys survived an upset bid from the Eagles in an Olympic League 1A Division home win Friday.

“I think it’s the worst game we’ve played all year,” Chimacum coach Trevor Huntingford said. “We have to not play down to people and boy, did we do that.”

The Cowboys were held to five points in the first quarter, but outscored Klahowya 11-6 in the second to tie the score at 16-all at halftime.

“Coming out of halftime we kind of settled in on defense and stopped gambling,” Huntingford said. “They don’t have great ball handlers so we played them straight up defensively. We went on an 8-0 run right out of halftime. We got up 12 at one point and started to do some silly things and let them back in it.”

Huntingford said the fourth quarter was similar to the third.

“It was the same thing, we got up, then we threw some silly passes that hurt us. We need to be smarter at the end and protect the ball.”

Grace Yaley scored 12 of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter.

“We did a great job of finding Grace Yaley,” Huntingford said. “We got good ball movement and she was hitting the 15-foot jump shot. She got hot there and hit everything. She’s been a little worried about her shot, so it was nice to see her shoot with that kind of confidence.

“She might have scored 10 straight for us in that fourth quarter and all of them came on jumpers.”

Huntingford said Mia McNair played well defensively in their zone and she, Yaley and Jada Trafton worked well to share the ball in transition.

“Chloe Patterson had her best game of the year,” Huntingford said. “She blocked several shots and grabbed some rebounds. Her shot blocking was helpful against a taller, longer team.”

Chimacum (2-0, 3-2) hosts Forks in a nonleague game Tuesday.

Chimacum 41, Klahowya 36

Klahowya 10 6 6 14— 36

Chimacum 5 11 9 16— 41

Chimacum (41) — Yaley 15, McNair 12, Dowling 7, Haralson 2, Huntingford 1, Nordberg 1, Trafton 1,

Lake Quinault 54, Crescent 37

JOYCE — Jasmine O’Neel earned her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 21 rebounds to lead Crescent, but the Loggers fell to a physical Lake Quinault team 54-37.

Grace Baillargeon had nine points and six steals and Raine Westfall eight rebounds for the Loggers in the game.

“My girls were getting hacked, choked and slapped constantly, but they pushed through and played a great game,” said coach Kelly Serrianne.

“We had 16 free-throw attempts and only made six, we have to improve that percentage, especially against a very physical team like Lake Quinault. If they are going to give us free point attempts, we need to capitalize on them,” she said.

Crescent (0-5) played at Oakville Saturday. The Loggers’ next game is against the Port Angeles C Team on Tuesday.

Lake Quinault 54, Crescent 37

Crescent 8 9 9 11 — 37

L. Quinault 9 11 11 22 — 54

Crescent (37) — O’Neel 18, Baillargeon 9, Westfall 4, Mandeville 4, Conat 2, Belford, Blevins.

Lake Quinault (54) — Tatrd 22, Fowler 16, Neeland 14, Spigler-Mercado 2, Herrera.

Quilcene 46, Tacoma Baptist 28

QUILCENE — Gina Brown had a huge game for Quilcene with 20 points and 17 rebounds as the Rangers beat SeaTac League rival Tacoma Baptist 46-28.

Abby Weller had 12 points, eight rebounds and five steals at the point, while Sydney Brown scored eight points.

“Brittney Beukes’ strong and scrappy defense gave the Crusaders headaches all game long,” said coach Briana Weller. Beukes had three steals on the game.

Weller also gave credit to Harmony Scholz, who filled in for Abby Weller after she was fouled and injured on a drive to the basket.

“Harmony was tasked with the important job of stepping in for Abby to shoot free-throws. Harmony was a trooper and made 1 out of 2 of those shots. That girl is so wonderful, she came off the bench cold and went to work. That is pretty much how this team operates … hard work, good attitudes, and an eagerness to do whatever is asked of them,” said coach Weller.

Coach Weller emphasized that it was a team win, with 14 team steals and a 23-6 run at one point in the game.

“These girls keep gaining each week and it is so exciting to see them come together and be successful,” she said.

With the win, Quilcene (3-0, 4-1) sits alone in first atop the Sea-Tac 1B League. The Rangers played Evergreen Lutheran Saturday and will next play at Chimacum at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Quilcene 46, Tacoma Baptist 28

Quilcene 12 17 8 9 — 46

TB 10 7 8 3 — 28

Quilcene (46) — G. Brown 20, Weller 12, S. Brown 8, Kieffer 5, Scholz 1.

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