By Michael Carman and Pierre LaBossiere
Peninsula Daily News
PORT TOWNSEND — Chimacum atoned for two previous close losses to rival Port Townsend by holding down the Redhawks in a 42-28 Olympic League 1 Division girls basketball contest.
The Cowboys had dropped the first two games against Port Townsend by just four points total.
“This is the game I sort of envisioned us playing this year in the two previous games,” Cowboys coach Trevor Huntingford said.
“I think we were a lot more relaxed and thought the game [through] a lot better then we had in the previous two,which just slipped away from us both times.”
Huntinford said he felt his team performed well against a number of defensiver looks offered by the Redhawks.
“In this game I thought Port Townsend did a nice job of trying to mix their defenses with man and multiple zone looks, as well as half-court press and full-court pressure.
“And I thought our girls did a great job of responding to it all night. It really didnt seem to rattle us. We were a lot better on the boards tonight than we have been in previous games and we passed the ball very well, as well as a little more aggressive on our dribble-drive.
Huntingford said his three seniors, Shanya and Mechelle Nisbet and Alice Yaley, stepped it up.
Shanya Nisbet led all scorers with 14 points while Mechelle added 13.
“I thought that all three of our seniors played really well with Shanya and Mechelle scoring well and Alice Yaley did a nice job on the boards as well as being a great passer for us tonight,” Huntingford said.
Chimacum took control after halftime.
“I thought that our defensive pressure continued to get better as the game went on leading to several run-out layins,” Huntingford said.
The Cowboys held Port Townsend’s leading scorers Kaitlyn Meek and Jaz Apker-Montoya to eight points apiece.
“Jada Trafton, for the second game in a row, really was big for us on defense.
“It was a nice way to end the series for us.”
Port Townsend won the season series 2-1 along with the Janelle Perillo Memorial Trophy.
Chimacum 42, Port Townsend 28
Chimacum 4 9 13 16— 42
Port Townsend 5 7 8 8— 28
Chimacum (42) — G. Yaley 6, Trafton 4, M. Nisbet 13, Dowling 5, S. Nisbet 14.
Port Townsend (28) — Apker-Montoya 8, Meek 8, Carson 2, King 4, Nielsen 2, Hammett 4.
Forks 38, Tenino 33
FORKS — Led by Skyler DeMatties 21 points, the Spartans held back the Beavers in an Evergreen League contest.
“Probably our best overall game we played all year as a team,” Forks coach John DeMatties said.
“We scored pretty evenly in every quarter and probably the best we have played defensively and with our rebounding.
“We were ahead from the beginning to the end. And it was a league game so its very, very important.”
DeMatties praised Brittany Woodruff and Sage Baar for their defense.
“Brittany Woodruff had a really good game for us,” DeMatties said. She rebounded well and defended.
“Sage Baar was lights-out defensively on the wing. Jayden [Olson] played good defense.
Kaitlyn Rowley and Bailey Kratzer and Myah were Energizer bunny-types for us off the bench.”
DeMatties scored all 11 of Forks’ points in the final quarter.
“Tenino got within four points in the fourth, but we didn’t do the deer in the headlights thing,” coach DeMatties said.
“We played basketball to win.”
DeMatties also praised his coaching staff, including Avery Ironhill, Jason Richards and assistant coach David Hurn
“He’s a huge part of where our girls are at,” DeMatties said of Hurn.
Forks (2-2, 4-9) hosts Elma (3-1, 8-7) on Friday.
Forks 38, Tenino 33
Tenino 4 7 9 13— 33
Forks 10 8 9 11— 38
Forks (38) — Olson 6, DeMatties 21, Peters 7, Woodruff 4, Kratzer, Rondeau, Baar, Rowley.
Olympic 46, Sequim 31
BREMERTON — The Wolves trailed from wire-to-wire in an Olympic League 2A Division loss to the Trojans.
Adrienne Haggerty led Sequim with 13 points, while freshman Jessica Dietzman added eight points.
The Wolves (3-5, 5-8) visit league-leading North Kitsap on Friday.
Olympic 46, Sequim 31
Sequim 6 8 4 13— 31
Olympic 14 12 8 12— 46
Sequim (31) — Haggerty 13, Dietzman 8, Christiansen 4, Green 3, Bower 2, Glasser, Armstrong, Shea, Leal, Sparks.
Olympic (46) — K. Mitchell 16, Monzon 8, Coleman 2, Campana 2, Grant 2,Triggs 8, Matheny, Meadows, Mitchell 2, Riley 6.
Mount Rainier Lutheran 62, Quilcene 46
PARKLAND — The Quilcene girls got 26 points from Allison Jones, but lost their second straight Sea-Tac 1B League game on the road to Mount Rainier Lutheran 62-46.
Coach Brianna Weller said the team was missing Gina Brown to illness and Madison Coffey to injury for Tuesday’s game, but wasn’t making excuses.
”We are struggling to take care of the ball and execute on both ends of the court for four quarters. The consistency issue is something that we are going to have to figure out quick or else we will find ourselves on the outside looking in come post season,” she said. She also said the Rangers’ shooting has gone cold.
Weller said Jones has the talent to break out for big games every time she plays.
“She did a good job of attacking both the basket and the defense tonight and was rewarded for her efforts,” Weller said.
Katie Love scored nine and Sydney Brown seven.
Quilcene (8-5, 3-3) played Rainier Christian tonight at home.
Mt. Rainier Luth. 62, Quilcene 46
Quilcene 10 16 2 18— 46
MRL 23 6 19 14— 62
Quilcene (46) — Quilcene (46) Jones 26, Love 9, S. Brown 7, Weller 2, Gray 2.
Compiled from team reports. Email scores to email@example.com or phone 360-417-3525.