By Pierre LaBossiere and Michael Carman
Peninsula Daily News
FORKS — Balanced scoring helped the Forks boys basketball team move to 5-0 on the season after an 87-55 win over Chimacum, the team’s second win over the Cowboys in a week.
The Spartans reached double figures in scoring from four different players in Friday’s game, with Parker Browning leading the way with 24. Curt Prose scored 18, Marky Adams 13 and Keishaun Ramsey a career-high 10.
Coach Rick Gooding said the Spartans shot the ball well, but need to “ramp it up defensively.” In the first and third quarters, the Spartans gave up 16 and 22 points to the Cowboys. Forks has games this next week against Aberdeen and Neah Bay, two very good scoring teams, and Gooding said the Spartans will have to play better defense against these two squads.
Chimacum was led by Devyn Winkley with 18 and Issac Purser with 13.
Chimacum (0-1, 1-4) next plays at Port Townsend (2-0) on Tuesday.
Forks 87, Chimacum 55
Chimacum 16 7 22 10— 55
Forks 26 18 24 19— 87
Chimacum (55) — Hartnett 9, Purser 13, Peyton Hundley 9, Winkley 18, Rico 6.
Forks (87) — Schumack 7, Ramsey 10, Baysinger 8, Tejano 3, Baar 2, Browning 24, Prose 18, Adams 13, Archibald 2.
Neah Bay 71, Mount Vernon Chr. 58
NEAH BAY — Youth was served in the opening game for the defending Class 1B state champions. It just took a little time.
“We came out a little flat and it took awhile for the first-game excitement to wear off and play Neah Bay basketball,” new Neah Bay head coach Ben Maxson said.
“I was pretty excited we were able to play quite a few underclassmen and get them some good varsity minutes.”
With three members of the recently crowned state football champions resting for Friday’s game, Maxson started two sophomores, point guard Keith Johnson and forward Cameron Moore.
Moore was the game’s high scorer, hitting for 19 points on 8 of 16 shooting and collecting six rebounds.
“Cameron Moore played lights-out basketball all game long,” Maxson said.
Johnson added 13 points and hit 3 of 5 on 3-point attempts, all three coming late in the game.
“Keith Johnson hit three 3s,” Maxson said.
“It was a one-point game with 3:21 to play and Baby [Kenrick Doherty Jr.] went to point guard and Keith moved to off-guard and hit three 3s in a row.
Sophomore Sean Bitegeko added 6 points.
“It was great to get that production from the young guys,” Maxson said.
Neah Bay’s seniors also did well. Doherty hit for 13 points and had five assists and two steals. Cole Svec added eight points and nine rebounds and Anthony Bitegeko scored eight and hauled down six rebounds.
“The kids rally around him as a leader,” Maxson said. “His leadership skills are second to none and every successful team has to have a player like that.”
The Red Devils (1-0) visit Forks on Friday.
Neah Bay 71, Mount Vernon Christian. 58
MVC 14 18 13 13— 58
Neah Bay 11 26 13 21— 71
MVC (58) — Twedt 16, Phife 11 Droog 11, Smith 7, Wyatt 7, Annema 4, Lubbers 2.
Neah Bay (71) — Moore 19, Doherty 13, Johnson 13, Svec 8, A. Bitegeko 8, S. Bitegeko 6, Dulik 4, Kallappa, Halttunen, Shaw, Parkin.
Olympic 53, Sequim 45
BREMERTON — The Sequim basketball boys lost a tough one on the road, as Olympic staged a huge comeback in the second half to beat the Wolves 53-45.
Coach Greg Glasser said Sequim played great early and took an 18-point lead into halftime. “We played a strong half of basketball,” he said. The Wolves were helped when Olympic’s 6-5 post, Tyler Yost, got into early foul trouble. Glasser thinks in the second half, the Wolves who have a short bench, just “ran out of gas.”
The Wolves “got a little hesitant” with their shots in the second half and only managed eight points after the break. Glasser said it was a helpless feeling for the coach and his players as Olympic just kept clawing back. The Trojans didn’t take the lead until a minute or two left in the game, Glasser said.
Peyton Glasser led the Wolves with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Glasser expects his players to bounce back.
“They’re pretty resilient,” he said.
Sequim (1-3, 0-2) next plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Kitsap.
Port Townsend 72, Klahowya 39
SILVERDALE — Berkley Hill hit for 31 points and added 7 assists, six steals and five rebounds as the Redhawks roughed up the Eagles.
“He had about as good a game as you can have at the high-school level,” Port Townsend coach Tom Webster said.
Detrius Kelsall added 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Kaiden Parcher scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Point guard Jacob Boucher scored six points and had five assists.
“We hit 48 percent on 3s, had 22 assists and only had 11 turnovers,” Webster said.
“We are getting better each day.”
The Redhawks opened the season with a 62-49 win over North Mason last week. Hill had 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals. Kelsall had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards, while Parcher put up 15 points and brought down nine rebounds.
“We’ve had good balance so far,” Webster said.
Port Townsend’s game with Blaine Friday was postponed due to weather conditions.
The Redhawks (1-0, 2-0) hosts rival Chimacum (1-0, 1-4) on Tuesday.
Neah Bay 41, Mount Vernon Chr. 30
NEAH BAY — Tristin Johnson and Jessica Greene led the Red Devils with 13 points apiece in a season-opening win over the Hurricanes.
Johnson added nine boards while Greene hit 3 of her 6 3-point attempts.
Gina McCaulley dished out five assists and swiped five steals while also scoring four points for Neah Bay (1-0).
Vonte Aguirre added 10 rebounds in the win.
The Red Devils visit Forks on Friday.
Neah Bay 41, Mount Vernon Christian. 30
MVC 2 10 13 5— 30
Neah Bay 7 10 15 9 — 41
MVC (30) — Hood 8, Lam 7, Droog 5, Heino 4, Kuipers 4, Lellair 2.
Neah Bay (41) — J. Greene 13, Johnson 13, Svec 5, Gagnon 4, McCaulley 4, Winck 2, Aguirre, McCarty.
Chimacum 53, Forks 37
FORKS — Chimacum got 17 points from Mechelle Nisbet as the Cowboys beat Forks for the second time this season 53-37.
The Cowboys’ offense involved a number six players had at least five points. Grace Yaley had double digits in scoring with 10.
“[This is] the first game I felt for us our balanced scoring was big and I liked the way we shared the ball tonight,” said coach Trevor Huntingford.
“I felt we played well in sports but had a lot of mental mistakes off and on that seemed to come in spurts as well. I am glad we focused and finished in the fashion that we did in the fourth,” Huntingford said.
“This is a nice win moving to two league games next week,” he added.
The Cowboys’ Maddie Dowling had eight points, Shanya Nisbet 7, Alice Yaley 6 and Jada Trafton 5.
The Cowboys (3-2, 0-1) next play at Port Townsend at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and then at Klahowya Friday
Forks (1-4) travels to Aberdeen Tuesday.
Olympic 53, Sequim 37
SEQUIM — They played really tough and we didn’t respond well to their physicality. Katie Campana and Danielle Monzon controlled the game pretty well on their side. We just couldn’t get any shots to fall. We got to the free throw line but we only shot about 50 percent. And we had some turnover problems that hurt us throughout the game and those two girls made us pay.
Freshman Jessica Dietzman had 11 points provided a big spark for us, Adrienne Haggerty added 10 points.
The Wolves (1-1, 2-1) host North Kitsap (3-1) on Tuesday.
Compiled from team reports. Email scores to [email protected] or phone 360-417-3525.