PREP ROUNDUP: Neah Bay, Crescent basketball boys win; Sequim’s Chen wins at Hammerhead Invite

DARRINGTON — The Neah Bay boys got four 3-pointers and 29 points from Keith Johnson Jr. and another three treys from Captain Claplanhoo to beat Darrington 61-55.

Johnson scored 12 of his 29 points in the third. Claplanhoo ended up scoring 13 points in Saturday’s win, the Red Devils’ first of the year. Neah Bay’s Jaxson Halttunen and Jay Brunk each chipped in seven points.

The Red Devils had to dig out a hole to pull this game out as they went into the second quarter down 19-10. They outscored Darrington 39-26 over the second and third quarters to take a four-point lead into the fourth.

Neah Bay (1-4) next plays at Taholah at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Neah Bay 61, Darrington 55

Neah Bay 10 19 20 12 — 61

Darrington 19 12 14 10 — 55

Neah Bay (61) — Johnson 29, Claplanhoo 13, Halttunen 7, Brunk 7, Kallappa 4, Martinez 1.

Darrington (55) — Tillequots 12, Draper 11, McConnaughy 11, Smith 7, Ross 5, Maltos 4, Soloman 3, Williams 2

Crescent 49, Oakville 45

OAKVILLE — The Crescent boys clamped down on defense and had a big fourth quarter to beat Oakville on the road 49-45.

K.C. Spencer led the Loggers with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Robert Cox scored 11.

“We played probably our most complete defensive game of the year. We really clamped down and were able to get enough stops to stay in front,” said coach Chris Ferrier.

“We weathered a rough third quarter where it looked like it might get away from us but K.C. hit two big threes in the third to keep us in striking distance, ” he said.

Ferrier said the Loggers hit their free throws down the stretch in the fourth and Timmy Ward, who finished with seven points and six rebounds, had two tough inside baskets in the fourth. Cox’s 11 points was his first double-digit scoring game of his career.

“We are still working on tightening some things up, but down five guys due to sickness, including all of our bigs, it’s a good road win,” Ferrier said.

Crescent (2-4) next plays Quilcene at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Crescent 49, Oakville 45

Crescent 10 9 12 18 — 49

Oakville 7 10 16 12 — 45

Crescent (49) — Cox 11, Spencer 21, Buchanan 3, Bergstrom 3, Ward 7, Leonard 4, Morris, Emery

Evergreen Lutheran 61, Quilcene 41

QUILCENE — The Quilcene boys kept coming from behind and briefly held a lead in the second half against Evergreen Lutheran, but a call on a fast break opened up the floodgates as the Eagles romped down the stretch for a 61-41 win.

“The game was much closer than the final score,” said coach Richie French.

The Rangers were down 24-15 at the half and managed to take a 29-27 lead when Evergreen Lutheran went on a 9-0 run. The Rangers fought back, but on a fast break, a foul was called and it created a four-point swing, turning a likely 6-point Eagles’ lead to 10 points. Evergreen Lutheran shot 33 free throws in the game to Quilcene’s 13.

It was the third game this year that the Rangers had a second-half lead but weren’t able to hold on to it, said French. “we’re still trying to get over that hump,” he said.

French said the team played some pretty decent defense early, and in fact is playing better defense overall this season, but that the Rangers’ offense was disappointing at the beginning of the game, managing just 15 points in the half.

Olin Reynolds led the Rangers with 17 points, while Robert Comstock III had nine points.

Quilcene (0-3, 1-5) next plays at Crescent at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Evergreen Lutheran 61, Quilcene 41

EL 9 15 14 23 — 61

Quilcene 7 8 14 12 — 41

Quilcene (41) — Reynolds 17, Comstock 9, Budnek 6, Davis 4, Elkins 3, Newman 2.

Girls Basketball

Neah Bay 73, Darrington 26

DARRINGTON — The Neah Bay girls, ranked No. 3 in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association RPI rankings, got back in the win column with a 73-26 blowout of Darrington.

The Red Devils were ranked No. 1 in the RPI rankings but slipped a bit after losing last week to La Conner.

Gina McCaulley led the Red Devils with 14 points, while Lalia Greene had 13 and Cheyanna Svec 10. The Red Devils had good balance with seven girls scoring at least seven points.

Neah Bay got off to a fast start, taking a 26-5 lead after the first quarter and a 48-14 lead at halftime.

Neah Bay (4-1) next plays at Taholah at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Neah Bay 73, Darrington 26

Neah Bay 26 22 6 19 — 73

Darrington 5 9 7 5 — 26

Neah Bay (73) — McCaulley 14, Greene 13, Svec 10, P. Swan 9, C. Swan 8, Yallup 7, Winck 7, Moss 5.

Darrington (26) — Wright 11, Misano 5, Ford 3, Brunner 3, Korr 2, Dewberry 2.


Hammerhead Invite Forks, Sequim, Port Townsend, Port Angeles

BREMERTON — Sequim’s Aleah Chen won her weight division and Forks’ Luke Dahlgren finished second in his weight division at the Hammerhead Invitational this weekend.

Forks had six boys place and finished seventh out of 83 boys and girls’ teams at the invitational with 163 points. South Kitsap, a 4A school that finished fifth last year at the state championships as a team, led the tournament with 267 points.

Chen won three matches, pinning Yelm’s Deash Burnett Federal Way’s Hailey Shamblin and Lakes Briana Epley to win the girls 155B division.

Dahlgren won three matches with pins over Jose Coutino of Thomas Jefferson, Ethan Fragnoso of South Kitsap and Ezra Miller of Life Christian. He lost in the championship match to Saul Magallon of Blaine, who outpointed Dahlgren 7-4.

Forks’ Josue Lucas, last year’s 1A state champion at 106 pounds, wrestled at 106 pounds in the invite, though he had wrestled at 113 pounds in some earlier meets this . Lucas won a match and made it to the Hammerhead semifinals, where he was pinned by Xavier Eaglin from 4A South Kitsap.

Lucas was not able to wrestle in consolation round because he couldn’t make weight and finished sixth.

Also placing for Forks were Nate Flores, who finished fifth at 285 pounds; Eden Cisneros, sixth at 220 pounds; and Andres Santos-Delcruz, sixth at 113 pounds.

Among the girls at the invitational, Chen’s teammate Emily Dodson won two matches and finished second in the 125B division. Emilia Nunn of Port Townsend won a match to finish third in the 115B division and Kiara Pierson of Sequim won two matches to finish fourth at 140 pounds.

Port Townsend’s Brenna Franklin won three matches at 170 pounds and finished fifth. Her teammate Ally Bradley won two matches at 110 pounds and also finished fifth.

Port Townsend 40, Klahowya 39

SILVERDALE — The Port Townsend wrestling squad moved to 2-0 in the Nisqually-Olympic 1A League by nipping Klahowya 40-39.

The score in Thursday’s meet was tied at 39-39 and went into criteria for the tiebreaker. It went to the ninth criteria, which was which team had more total near-fall points. Ally Bradley’s six points was the difference, giving Port Townsend a team point and the win.

Leading Port Townsend were Gabe Petrick, who won his match 5-0 at 160 pounds. Ally Bradley pinned a boy at 106 pounds for a win, while Ryan Caldwell got a pin at 220 pounds and Carter Swartout a pin at 113. Coach Steve Grimm said Swartout had the match of the night, going up against an opponent that beat him last year.

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