CHIMACUM — Chimacum controlled its Jefferson County neighbor Quilcene from the opening tip in a 54-20 nonleague girls basketball victory.
“Our kids did a really good job defensively,” Cowboys coach Trevor Huntingford said. “We pressed early, set the tone and held them down.
“We did a good job of controlling Abby [Weller], who in my opinion is their best player. She gave us a hard time early on, but as things started to get away from them she was doing so much she got a little tired,” Huntingford said.
Chimacum collected 24 steals in the game, led by Jada Trafton with seven swipes. She also led the Cowboys in scoring with 12.
Maddie Dowling added eight points, two assists and two steals and Grace Yaley scored seven points with four rebounds, two steals and a block for Chimacum.
“We did a good job in transition of sharing the ball and getting the one-two passes for layups,” Huntingford said. “We haven’t seen a ton of man-to-man defense and I thought we did a good job of running our sets.
“Everybody got to play a lot, starters got a lot of rest and everybody got involved. Our bench got significant time in the game and it was nice to see them execute things.
Huntingford said Quilcene’s young team (four freshman and four sophomores) is doing the right things on the court.
“I really, really respect what [Quilcene coach] Bri [Weller] does there, they talk well on the court, they were just a little outmanned,” Huntingford said. “They will get better and better as they go along.”
Abby Weller led the Rangers with six points.
Quilcene (4-0, 5-2) is off for winter break and will return to SeaTac League play with a home game against Muckleshoot on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Chimacum (2-0, 4-3) will play in the Blaine Holiday Tournament against Class 2A Blaine on Wednesday and against Mount Baker on Thursday.
Chimacum 54, Quilcene 20
Quilcene 2 3 9 6— 20
Chimacum 18 10 10 14— 54
Quilcene (20) — Weller 6, G. Brown 5, S. Brown 2, Kieffer 2, Mjomba 2, Beukes 2, Mitchell, Carron, Scholz.
Chimacum (54) — Trafton 12, Dowling 8, Yaley 7, Huntingford 5, Clark 5, Mathes 4, Nordberg 3, Noble 2, Young 2, McNair 2, Patterson 2.
Port Townsend 46, Vashon 38
PORT TOWNSEND — The Redhawks put forth their best effort of the season in a win over a potential district playoff opponent Thursday.
“This was our best game of the season, both offensively where we functioned well together, and defensively we played very well,” Port Townsend coach Scott Wilson said.
The Redhawks trailed 14-9 after one quarter, but put together a good second quarter to take a 25-23 halftime lead.
“They hit three 3s in the first and were getting rebounds and putbacks,” Wilson said. “We were having trouble on the glass.
“We put on a press that was pretty effective and our ball movement and interior passing improved.”
Jaz Apker-Montoya led Port Townsend with 19 points.
“Jaz started to light it up from the outside,” Wilson said. “She had three 3s and some other nice long shots. And Izzy [Hammett] our post, people are starting to look inside more to her, especially Kaitlyn Meek, and Izzy had six points in the final quarter.”
Hammett finished with 12 points and Meek added 10.
Port Townsend (1-1, 3-4) will host Wahluke and La Conner in the Crush in the Slush Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Redhawks play Wahluke at 9:30 a.m. Friday and La Conner at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
Port Townsend 46, Vashon 38
Vashon 14 9 9 6— 38
PT 9 16 8 13— 46
Vashon (38) — Larson 10, Brunn Mueller 10, Kilpatrick 9, Butler 5, Brea 2, Snodgrass 2.
Port Townsend (46) — Apker-Montoya 19, Hammett 12, Meek 10, Lake 3, King 2, Kellogg, Nielsen, Tracer.
Boys Basketball Vashon 53, Port Townsend 26
VASHON — The Redhawks struggled early and often, going down 20-2 after one quarter, in a nonleague loss to the Pirates.
“We got taken apart,” Port Townsend coach Tom Webster said.
“[Vashon] are just a good, 1A playoff-caliber team. They have some athletic six-footers and we didn’t match up well with them.
“We were playing on the road where we have struggled this year, and we didn’t shoot very well and they played really good defense.”
Kaiden Parcher led the Redhawks with 12 points.
Webster said the team already had turned the negative into a postive.
“I liked our response, the kids were back in the gym this morning and we had a really good practice,” Webster said.
Port Townsend (1-1, 3-3) hosts the Crush in the Slush Tournament beginning Friday with a game against Blaine at 7:30 p.m.
Vashon 53, Port Townsend 26
PT 2 9 6 9— 26
Vashon 20 7 15 10— 53
Port Townsend (26) — Parcher 12, Watkins 3, Hammett 2, Baabahar 2, Montoya 5, Foster 2.
Forks takes second at Mount Baker Invite
DEMING —Josue Lucas (113 pounds) and Luke Dahlgren (220) earned individual titles for Forks to lead the Spartans to a second-place finish against a number of larger Class 2A, 3A and 4A schools at the 16-team Mount Baker Invite.
Forks totaled 155.5 team points, five points behind tournament winner Glacier Peak, a 4A school from Snohomish.
“When we went to the Sedro-Woolley tournament we won the tournament by over 30 points and Glacier Peak was third. This time they had tuned up their lineup and came out with a win. We still have a lot to work on.”
Dahlgren beat teammate Eden Cisneros in the 220-pound final, and Forks had three other wrestler finish second — Ariel Morales at 126, Keith Thompson at 138 and Brett Moody at 170.
Nate Flores and Keith Kullander came in third at 285 and 145, respectively. Cru Demorest (126) and Shane Queen (182) earned fifth-place finishes.