HOQUIAM — Forks withstood an inspired performance by Evergreen League foe Elma, pulling away in the fourth quarter to eliminate the Eagles 51-38 in a loser-out Southwest District 4 Tournament boys basketball game Tuesday at Hoquiam Square Garden.
“It was a two-point game going into the fourth quarter,” Spartans coach Rick Gooding said.
“We just made some baskets, Braton got some scores inside, and we rebounded. Credit to Elma, three freshman and a sophomore play significant minutes for them. You know they are going to get better over the course of a season and they have done that. They just turned the ball over a little too much to finish it out.”
Cole Baysinger led the way for Forks, totaling a double-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and an assist.
Braton Armas also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, seven of them offensive.
Seth Johnson added eight points and seven rebounds.
Gooding said Forks shot 21 for 55 on the night, including 3 for 18 on 3-point attempts.
“It almost felt like there was a plug over the basket,” he said. “We got the looks we wanted, but it felt like it was a grind to try to get everything going or moving.”
Forks (15-5) faces Montesano at Hoquiam at 6 p.m. today in a loser-out contest.
The Spartans and Bulldogs split the season series with the home team winning each game.
“We can’t let them dictate the pace of the game,” Gooding said. “They are an athletic, strong group and we can’t let them get comfortable and get open looks. We have to block out against Monte, they are strong kids, if they get their hands on the ball, they’ll come away with it. The hardest-working team will win that game.”
Forks 51, Elma 38
Forks 17 6 12 16— 51
Elma 12 9 12 5— 38
Forks (51) — Johnson 8, Jacoby 4, Baysinger 20, Prose 7, Armas 12, Reaume, Archibald, Morton.
Elma (38) — Jacobson 7, Johnston, Vollan 16, Schnieder 3, Swint 3, Moore 9.
Bellevue Christian 57, Port Townsend 40
BREMERTON — The Redhawks fell to the No. 6 ranked Vikings on Tuesday night. No details were reported.
Port Townsend (11-9) will play Vashon (13-9) tonight at 6 p.m. at Bremerton High School in a loser-out contest. The winner advances to another loser-out contest against the loser between Bellevue Christian and Cascade Christian for the West Central District’s second seed to the Class 1A state regional round.
Girls Basketball Clallam Bay 63, Tulalip Heritage 55
MARYSVILLE — The Bruins sealed a return to the Class 1B state regional round by taking down the Hawks on Tulalip Heritage’s home court in a Class 1B Tri-District Tournament win Tuesday.
Clallam Bay (14-6) advanced to face Mount Rainier Lutheran (20-2) today at 3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Christian.
“A good game for a young team after a long trip,” coach Michael Maines said of Tuesday’s game.
“It was a big win for us, we didn’t want to have to go through the losers’ bracket and have to win and win and win to get there [regionals].”
Maines said his team knocked down its free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off the Hawks.
“We hit 10 for 13 in the fourth quarter,” Maines said. “They were pressing us, they have a really aggressive press and we were getting fouled and hitting our free throws.
Miriam Wonderly paced the Bruins with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in Tuesday’s win.
“She showed up to play and rebounded really well against a taller team,” Maines said.
Hannah Olson added 16 points, five rebounds and five steals.
Cedar Johnson added 15 points and five assists and Sidney Smith scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds.
Senior Kendra Anderson started and had eight rebounds.
“She played the post and did well against the bigger girls from Tulalip,” Maines said.