NEAH BAY — Clallam Bay snapped a 10-year long losing skid to Neah Bay, knocking off the No. 3 Red Devils 63-50 in a North Olympic League girls basketball win Wednesday.
The Bruins hadn’t beaten Neah Bay since a 59-42 triumph on Jan. 11, 2008, according to head coach Michael Maines.
“We came out, played aggressively, and held onto the ball,” Maines said. “When we hold onto the ball we have some players who can do some pretty great things. [The Red Devils] are aggressive, their style of play gets you rattled, but the girls didn’t make it easy for them. They handled the pressure.”
Freshman Cedar Johnson led all scorers with 20 points and nine rebounds for Clallam Bay.
“She played a phenomenal game,” Maines said.
Point guard Miriam Wonderly added 15 points and 10 steals for the Bruins, and teammate Hannah Olson hit for 14 points and also had 10 steals.
Freshman Jada Clemmons had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Clallam Bay forced 29 Neah Bay turnovers on the game.
“It was the best defensive game we’ve ever played, the best scrambling defense we’ve ever had, the best help defense ever,” Maines said.
The Red Devils shot just 17 of 70 from the floor, including 7 of 31 on 3-pointers.
“We play a custom 3-2 [zone] against them because they are all shooters,” Maines said. “We did a great job of contesting the shots and rebounding pretty well in the zone.”
Clallam Bay also took advantage of the Red Devils’ foul trouble. Courtney Swan and Lalia Greene each fouled out for Neah Bay.
The Bruins hit 21 of 28 free throws as a team, including 10 of 13 in the final quarter.
“Our free-throw shooting was a big difference,” Maines said.
Wonderly knocked down 9 of 10 free throws, including 5 of 6 in the fourth. Johnson was 7 of 8 on the night from the line, and hit 4 of 5 down the stretch.
Gina McCaulley led Neah Bay with 16 points, three assists and four steals.
Courtney Swan added 16 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and four steals for the Red Devils and Ruth Moss scored 11 and grabbed 16 rebounds.
The Bruins (6-2, 11-6) host Crescent for senior night tonight.
Neah Bay (7-1, 16-2) hosts Chief Kitsap tonight for senior night.
Clallam Bay 63, Neah Bay 50
CB 11 11 20 21— 63
NB 13 10 13 14— 50
Clallam Bay (63) — Johnson 20, Wonderly 15, Olson 14, Clemmons 10, Smith 4, K. Signor, Anderson.
Neah Bay (50) — C. Swan 16, McCaulley 16, Moss 11, P. Swan 5, Greene 2, Svec, Winck, Yallup.
Crescent 42, Chief Kitsap 13
POULSBO — A 21-2 third-quarter run sealed a North Olympic League road victory for the Loggers.
Grace Baillargeon posted a double-double with 17 points,12 rebounds five assists and five steals for Crescent.
“Grace Baillargeon had a lights-out game, scoring her first double-double of the season,” coach Kelly Serrianne said. “Grace has been putting in extra time in effort to improve her game and its really showing. She had some excellent looks down the court and made great passes to get the bucket. She has gained confidence in her shot, increasing her shots taken and improving that percentage. She is quick, and at just 5-foot-2 was able to crash the boards and pull down the rebounds.”
Serrianne said senior Hannah Lee broke out of her scoring slump to drain 13 points with eight rebounds and four steals.
“Our goal all season has been to improve our shooting percentage, and tonight we did that. We were taking shots and making them. Sophomore Chloe Conat added eight points from down low and Raine Westfall added four points and 12 ebounds.
“Senior Katie Strean was phenomenal on defense. She took our unconventional defense and worked it perfectly, which was frustrating to Chief Kitsap’s Paisha Carion, as Katie, and at times Conat, made it impossible for her to touch the ball.”
Crescent (3-5, 3-13) will wrap its season at Clallam Bay tonight.
Crescent 42, Chief Kitsap 13
Cres 6 8 21 7— 42
CKA 7 2 2 2— 13
Crescent (42) — Baillargeon 17, Lee 13, Conat 8, Westfall 4, Strean, Belford, Mandeville.
Chief Kitsap (13) — Smith 7, Fritz 6.
Boys Basketball Neah Bay 75, Clallam Bay 38
NEAH BAY – Keith Johnson Jr. dropped in 19 points along with three steals and two assists and the Red Devils clamped down defensively for a North Olympic League win.
Sean Bitegeko added 13 points, seven steals and three assists for Neah Bay, which remained unbeaten in league play.
Jay Brunk added nine points and eight rebounds for the Red Devils (8-0, 11-8).
Jaxson Halttunnen and Oliver Kallappa added eight points apiece for Neah Bay.
Caiton Smith had 21 points for Clallam Bay and Ryan McCoy had 17 for the Bruins.
Neah Bay hosts Chief Kitsap tonight. The Red Devils will host a Class 1B Tri-District Tournament game against a to-be-determined opponent at Port Angeles High School on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Clallam Bay (1-7, 2-13) wraps its season with a home game against Crescent tonight.
Neah Bay 75, Clallam Bay 38
CB 7 10 11 10— 38
NB 36 15 15 9— 75
Clallam Bay (38) — Smith 21, McCoy 17, Aldona, R. Strid, Eastwood, E. Strid.
Neah Bay (75) — Johnson 19, Bitegeko 13, Brunk 9, Kallappa 8, Halttunen 8, Shaw 6, Claplanahoo 6, Croy 4, Engram 2, Garcia.
Chief Kitsap 51, Crescent 36
POULSBO — The Loggers stayed close with the Bears and played some of their best basketball of the season for 30 of the game’s 32 minutes, according to coach Chris Ferrier.
“It was closer than a 15-point game,” Ferrier said. “Realistically, we played one of our best games of the season for about 30 minutes. The last 2 minutes were just the result of some basketball inexperience, trying to force some things that weren’t there, getting a little careless with the ball.”
Ferrier liked the fight his team showed throughout the game.
“My guys competed so dang hard and scrapped and clawed their way back into the game numerous times,” he said.
KC Spencer led the Loggers with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Kyle Buchanan added six points and five boards. Brendan Bergstrom scored six and grabbed seven rebounds.
“We had the ball and were down 5 with less than 2 minutes left and we had a really bad turnover born out of inexperience and CK went on a 10-0 run to close us out,” Ferrier said.
“It was a physical ball game, we are so short, the Bears are long, and we kept putting bodies on them, kept grinding on them. I’m really proud of the spirit and the fight in my guys.”
Crescent (1-7, 6-12) will wrap its season at Clallam Bay tonight.
Chief Kitsap 51, Crescent 36
Cres 10 5 10 11— 36
CKA 8 13 12 18— 51
Crescent (36) — Spencer 17, Buchanan 6, Bergstrom 6, Emery 3, Leonard 2, Cox 2.
Compiled from team reports. Email scores to [email protected] or phone 360-417-3525.