PREPS: Neah Bay girls lose at buzzer, boys win eighth straight

NEAH BAY — The Neah Bay basketball girls lost a close one at the buzzer at home to a good Evergreen Lutheran squad 53-51, snapping a five-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, the Neah Bay boys won their eighth straight over Evergreen Lutheran 67-22.

The Red Devils’ Tristin Johnson tied Saturday’s game at 51-51 with less than a minute to play, but the Eagles’ Jessie Holder, who ended up with 20 points, grabbed an offensive rebound and made a shot right at the buzzer to give Evergreen Lutheran a last-second win.

Evergreen Lutheran came into the game with a 9-3 record. The game see-sawed back and forth with the Eagles taking a 16-6 lead on the Red Devils after the first quarter.

The Red Devils stormed back to take a 22-21 lead at the half. Then the game stayed close during a high-scoring second half.

Cei’J Gagnon led the Red Devils with 16 points. Johnson made a pair of 3-pointers and scored 12 while Vonte Aguirre scored 10 and Gina McCaulley eight.

Neah Bay (9-3, 3-0) next plays at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Clallam Bay in a game for first place in the North Olympic 1B League.

Evergreen Luth. 53, Neah Bay 51

Evergreen Luth. 16 5 18 14 — 53

Neah Bay 6 16 16 13 — 51

Evergreen Luth. (53) — Holder 20, Schwartz 17, Rowland 8, Bergemann 8.

Neah Bay (51) — Gagnon 16, Johnson 12, Aguirre 10, McCaulley 8, Svec 4, Halttunen 1.

Bainbridge 36, Sequim 35

BAINBRIDGE — The Sequim girls got 18 points from Adrienne Haggerty in a tough one-point road loss to Bainbridge 36-35.

The game, rescheduled due to ice and snow, was close throughout. Bainbridge was up 16-13 at the half and 26-24 after three quarters.

Bobbi Sparks and Madison Green each scored five for the Wolves.

The Wolves (5-7, 3-4) will next play an Olympic League 2A Division game at Olympic at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Bainbridge 36, Sequim 35

Sequim 6 7 11 10 — 35

Bainbridge 10 6 10 10 — 36

Sequim (35) — Haggerty 18, Sparks 5, Green 5, Christiansen 4, Dietzman 3.

Bainbridge (36) — Wikstrom 11, Peato 10, Tye 8, Mildander 6, Carson 1.

Friday Game

Tacoma Baptist 60, Quilcene 37

TACOMA — Quilcene lost on the road to 15-0 Tacoma Baptist 60-37

“We had some serious trouble adjusting to Tacoma Baptist’s offensive sets and the Crusader’s outscored us by [20-8]in the first quarter. Even though we started to make some adjustments, we were never able to close the gap from the slow start,” said coach Brianna Weller.

“We are a much better defensive team than what we showed on Friday night. We have been struggling to find that level of consistency this season. When we are all in and work as a unit, take care of the ball, and execute offensively and defensively, we are definitely competitive with anyone in our league,” Weller said.

Coach Weller said Abby Well had a motor that never quits and did all she could on offense and defense. Katie Love led the Rangers with 18 points and five rebounds. Gina Brown, just an eighth-grader, scored six points and pulled down six rebounds.

“My hope is that we take away some good stuff to work on from this loss and apply it immediately to next week’s games,” said Coach Weller.

Quilcene (8-4, 3-2) next plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Rainier Lutheran.

Tacoma Baptist 60, Quilcene 37

Quilcene 8 9 11 9 — 37

Tacoma Bapt. 20 12 15 13 — 60

Quilcene (37) — Weller 6, Love 18, Jones 6, Brown 6, Gray 1.

Boys Basketball

Neah Bay 67, Evergreen Lutheran 22

NEAH BAY — The Neah Bay boys won their eighth in a row with a 67-22 romp over Evergreen Lutheran.

Eleven different Red Devils scored in the blowout win, led by Philip Greene III, who hit three 3-pointers and scored 12. Rwehabura Munyagi scored 10 and Kenrick Doherty and Cameron Moore each scored eight.

The Red Devils’ average margin of victory during their win streak is 35 points.

Neah Bay (9-3, 3-0) next plays at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clallam Bay.

Neah Bay 67, Evergreen Lutheran 22

Evergreen Luth. 2 6 7 7 — 22

Neah Bay 17 12 18 20 — 67

Evergreen Luth. (22) — Circelli 7, Heimlich 4, Lorcette 4, Peoples 3, Yang 1, Workhoven 1, Jo 2.

Neah Bay (67) — Greene 12, Munyagi 10, Doherty 8, Moore 8, A. Bitegeko 7, S. Bitegeko 6, Svec 4, Johnson 4, Tyler 3, Parkin 3, Dulik 2.

Friday Game

Tacoma Baptist 52, Quilcene 44

TACOMA — Quilcene was done in by poor shooting and a huge free-throw discrepancy in the second half in a close loss to Tacoma Baptist.

Coach Richie French said it was one of two losses this year in which he felt the Rangers should have won.

“We can’t seem to get over the hump. We’re getting closer. I think we’re about to break through,” French said.

French said his team shot poorly, but still could’ve won. What really hurt the Rangers was 22 free throws for the Crusaders in the second against just four for Quilcene. He said the front-line duo of Jarod Smith and Robert Comstock played well. Smith led the Rangers with 18, while Robert scored 10.

Quilcene (5-7, 0-5) next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Rainier Christian, then hosts Mount Rainier Christian at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Tacoma Baptist 52, Quilcene 44

Quilcene 12 13 5 14 — 44

Tacoma Baptist 13 10 12 17 — 52

Quilcene (44) — Reynolds 3, Smith 18, Such 6, Rogers 7, Comstock 10.

Tacoma Baptist (52) — Talen 20, McGeehee 7, Leaman 11, Wing 3, Kitselman 4, So 3.


Forks at the Norton Tournament

RAINIER — Forks came in third among 17schools at the Sgt. Justin Norton Memorial Wrestling Tournament, with three Spartan wrestlers winning their weight classes.

Josue Lucas came in first in his 106-pound weight class. Garrison Schumack won his 145-pound class and Eden Cisneros won his first meet title this year at 195 pounds.

Jack Dahlgren, one of Forks’ best wrestlers, sat out the Saturday tourney with a knee injury.

Luke Dahlgren finished tied for third at 220 pounds and Nathan Flores tied for third at 285.

Gavin Palmer and Shane Queen tied for fifth at 160 pounds.

Sgt. Justin Norton Memorial Wrestling Tournament

Rainier High School

Montesano, first, 200; Castle Rock, second, 169.5; Forks, third, 147; Kiona Benton, fourth, 122; Franklin Pierce, fifth, 118; Mount Baker, sixth, 99; Eatonville, seventh, 90.5; Klahowya, eighth, 90.


Sequim at Swimvitational Olympic High School

BREMERTON — Several Sequim swimmers set new personal bests at the Swimvitational at Olympic High School.

Jax Thaxton qualified for Districts and dropped 3.6 seconds off his best time in the 100 backstroke, finishing fifth. Christian Goodrich dropped eight seconds off his best time, finishing eighth.

Liam Payne dropped two seconds off his best time and is only 1.75 seconds away from the Districts qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke, finishing eighth. Michael Larsen dropped 7.2 seconds off his best time in the 100 breaststroke and was 10th.

Alex Berikoff dropped 6 seconds off his time from last week in the 200 individual medley.

Jax Thaxton, Liam Payne, Christian Goodrich and Berikoff dropped two seconds from their best time in the 200 freestyle relay they set last week.

“I have to say that the training we’ve been doing is paying off. The new athletes to competitive swimming have achieved great things in such a short time. I attribute the achievement to self-motivation and openness to constructive coaching,” said coach Linda Moats.

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