SPORTS: Neah Bay boys and girls basketball teams lose in first round at state 1B tourney; Port Townsend boys lose tri-district game

YAKIMA — Both the Neah Bay boys and girls basketball teams had a rough time in the first round of the state Class 1B playoffs Wednesday at the SunDome.

Both suffered first-round losses and are now in do-or-die games today in the consolation quarterfinals.

The Neah Bay boys take on Pateros at 2 p.m. while the girls, who captured eighth place in state a year ago, play Taholah at 10:30 a.m.

Winners of those two games advance to the loser-out consolation semifinals Friday.

The Neah Bay boys fell 69-40 to Almira/Coulee-Hartline in the first round late Wednesday night.

Cody Jess scored a game-high 24 points as Almira/Coulee-Hartline raced past fifth-ranked Neah Bay.

Jess poured in 18 points in the first half as the Warriors (17-8) built a 44-28 halftime lead and were never threatened in the second half.

Derek Isaak added 16 points and Kody Dillion 14 for Almira.

Almira’s defense helped pressure Neah Bay (18-6) into 10 turnovers that the Warriors converted into 16 points.

Robert Moss led the Red Devils with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Girls Basketball Columbia (Hunters) 57, Neah Bay 26

YAKIMA — The Red Devils picked the wrong time to suffer their first loss of the year, getting knocked down to the consolation bracket for the second year in a row by the same team.

Columbia (Hunters) nipped Neah Bay 41-39 in the first round in the 2009 tournament.

It wasn’t even close in Wednesday’s first-round game.

Lindsay Loe scored all 11 of her points in the first half as Columbia of Hunters built up a big halftime advantage and rolled to a 57-26 victory over Neah Bay.

The Lions (22-4) rolled out to a 36-10 halftime lead and never looked back.

Selena Osborn added nine of her game-high 13 points before intermission.

Loe had 12 of the Lions’ 62 rebounds, and Mackenzie Parrow and Casey Kieffer pulled down 10 each.

Erica Fonzi led Neah Bay (21-1) with 10 points, and Stephanie Greene grabbed nine rebounds.

The Red Devils shot just 16 percent for the game.

Columbia 57, Neah Bay 26

Neah Bay 4 6 10 6 — 26

Columbia 15 21 7 14 — 57

Individual Scoring

Neah Bay (26)

Fonzi 10, Kallappa 5, Pullen 5, Moss 4, Winck 2.

Columbia (57)

Osborn 13, Loe 11, J. Larrew 9, Colvin 7, Kieffer 7, Parrow 4, E. Larrew 4, Jones 2.

Boys Basketball District Playoffs University Prep 28, Port Townsend 27

SEATTLE — A cold fourth-quarter shooting spell created a nightmare loss for the Redskins in a loser-out tri-district game Wednesday night.

Leading the game 24-19 going into the final quarter, Port Townsend could only manage three points down the stretch.

Eric Thomas led the Redskins scoring with 10 points while Jacob DeBerry added nine.

Port Townsend finishes the year 8-13.

University Prep 28, Port Townsend 27

Port Townsend 8 8 8 3 — 27

University Prep 7 2 10 9 — 28

Individual Scoring

Port Townsend (27)

Thomas 10, DeBerry 9, O’Brien 4, Robinson 2, Thielk 2.

University Prep (28)

Belyaev 9, Higgins 8, Jaffe 3, Brown 2, Garrison 2, McEachran 2, Sulakvelidze 2.

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