GIRLS BASKETBALL 1B PLAYOFFS: Clallam Bay pulls off another upset, off to Spokane

MILL CREEK — The Clallam Bay basketball girls pulled off their second straight upset and, winning their second loser-out playoff game by beating Tulalip Heritage 50-42 Saturday to earn a hard-fought berth to the State 1B Tournament in Spokane.

“They’re ecstatic,” said assistant coach Cal Ritter. He said the girls had to win two playoff games on the road as underdogs, one against Tulalip and the other against Cedar Park Christian of Mountlake Terrace. Tulalip is the No. 13th-ranked team in the WIAA’s 1B RPI. and Cedar Park Christian is the No. 4-ranked team in the state. Clallam Bay is the No. 16-ranked team.

It is the Clallam Bay girls’ first trip to state in 10 or 11 years, Ritter said.

Tulalip Heritage is a big team for a 1B school, with two 6-foot girls and a third player who is 5-11.

Head coach Michael Maines said “we worked on our defense all week and defending the post.”

Ritter said the Bruins decided to front Deandra Grant, Tulalip’s strong post player who gave Neah Bay fits inside at the 1B Tri-District tournament.

“We noticed no one had really fronted her,” Ritter said. He said Molly McCoy and Chelsey Ritter took up the task of fronting Grant, not allowing her to dominate inside.

“Definitely, it was defense,” said Maines. “It was the whole team.”

Maines and Ritter also said the Bruins decided to attack Tulalip’s size with the Bruins’ speed.

“We were able to get out and run on them,” Maines said.

Atokena Abe led the Bruins with 14 points, while Miriam Wonderly scored 13 and Mariah LaChester scored 11. Hannah Olson scored six, while Jennica Maines and Ritter each scored four.

The Clallam Bay girls now get to play Cedar Park Christian a second time at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Maines said the girls have the confidence that they can beat the No. 4-ranked Lions, but are taking nothing for granted.

“It doesn’t mean [anything]. These games are all one game at a time.”

It also will be the Bruins’ third loser-out do-or-die playoff game of the year.

The Bruins (17-5) beat Cedar Park Christian 49-46 in overtime on Feb. 16 in the 1B Tri-District tournament.

More in Sports

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Port Angeles baserunner Peyton Rudd looks towards Kingston pitcher Jayla Moon while stealing home after a wild pitch got away from the catcher during a game earlier this season.
STATE SOFTBALL: Peyton Rudd’s place is at second base for Port Angeles

Riders, Sequim, Forks and Quilcene begin state softball today

AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Pump track schedule set

With wet weather forecast this weekend, volunteer shifts for… Continue reading

Courtesy photo
From left, Sequim's Dominic Riccogene, coach Sean O'Mera and Ben Sweet celebrate Sequim's fifth-place finish at the state 2A golf championship at the Capitol City Golf Club in Olympia.
STATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sequim’s Ben Sweet finishes second

Sequim fifth as a team; six Peninsula golfers make second-day cut

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Lefties first baseman Ethan Flodstrom, left, receives a short toss from pitcher Steven Brooks to force out Yakima batter Taylor Holder on an infield dribbler in the third inning on Friday night at Port Angeles Civic Field.
PORT ANGELES LEFTIES: Season begins Friday at Civic Field

The Port Angeles Lefties return to the Civic Field… Continue reading

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Port Angeles catcher Zoe Smithson, left, was named the Olympic League MVP for the second year in a row. At right is Sequim's Taylee Rome, whol made the all-league second team.
PREP SOFTBALL: Roughriders’ Smithson named league MVP

Port Angeles’ Zoe Smithson was named the Olympic League softball… Continue reading

Sequim's Ben Sweet sits in second place after the first day of the 2A boys state golf championships.
STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT: (Updated) Sequim’s Sweet in second place

Five other Olympic Peninsula golfers make second-day cut

Most Read