SPORTS: Port Angeles girls basketball team rips Renton by 33 points; other prep reports

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles girls basketball team held Renton to single digits in all four quarters to steamroll to a 33-point nonleague victory Thursday night.

The Roughriders won 53-20 to improve to 8-1 this year, its only loss to Class 4A power Mount Tahoma a week ago.

Because the Riders have been breezing through the Olympic League the past couple of years, coach Mike Knowles has been setting up strong nonleague competition to prepare Port Angeles for the postseason.

That’s why Knowles scheduled Mount Tahoma last week and Renton on Thursday.

Renton played in the 3A state tournament last year.

Like Port Angeles, Renton dropped down to 2A this year.

But the tough match-up never materialized.

“They lost a lot of seniors from last year’s team,” Knowles said. “They are trying to build their program back up with young kids.”

The Riders led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter and 22-9 at halftime. They increased the lead to 36-12 going into the final period.

And that was without starting forward Mariah Frazier, who missed the game because she wasn’t feeling well.

But there was some positive things to come out of the game.

“They ran a match-up zone that we don’t see too much out here,” Knowles said.

“It was good to play someone from the other side of the bridge.”

Port Angeles standout star Jessica Madison ripped the nets for 31 points, just coming up short for 1,500 career points.

She now has 1,498 career points and should break the 1,500 mark the first few minutes of the Riders’ next game.

Taylyn Jeffers scored 10 points for Port Angeles.

The Riders next play at 4A South Kitsap in Port Orchard on Monday in a nonleague game starting at 7 p.m.

Port Angeles 53, Renton 20

Renton 6 3 3 8 — 20

Port Angeles 12 10 14 17 — 53

Individual Scoring

Renton (20)

Bryant 8, Quintas 2, Sarahs 2, Tuiasosopo 8.

Port Angeles (53)

Madison 31, Jeffers 10, K. Jones 6, Knowles 4, Rodocker 2.

Forks 39, Evergreen Luth. 27

OCEAN SHORES — The Spartans bounced back after losing in the first round of the North Beach Invitational on Wednesday to capture the third-place game.

Forks (2-5) went ahead 18-7 at halftime and kept the lead the rest of the game.

Host North Beach beat the Spartans 47-25 but Forks rebounded a day later thanks to the 15 points and 12 rebounds of Taylor Morris.

“The girls did a really good job in defense [Thursday],” Forks coach Dave Zellar said.

“We looked inside really well and we had good passes. We just played really well.”

Morris was dominant with the double-double and was named to the all-tournament team.

The Spartans next resume Southwest Washington League action Tuesday against Tenino.

Forks is 1-1 in league.

Forks 39, Evergreen Lutheran 27

Forks 6 12 9 12 — 39

Evergreen Luth. 2 5 8 12 — 27

Individual Scoring

Forks (39)

Morris 15, Sheriff 8, Williams 6, Decker 6, Raben 4.

Evergreen Lutheran (27)

Weber 10, Schmeichd 9, Faegman 6, Meyer 4.

Boys Basketball North Beach 50, Forks 44, OT

OCEAN SHORES — The Spartans (1-1, 4-4) faced off against the Hyaks in a heartbreaker, losing in overtime in the championship game at the North Beach tournament on Thursday evening.

“I’m proud of our team,” Forks coach Scott Justus said. “For us to come back after being down by 11 when it felt like 20.”

Forks had a game-winning shot at the buzzer ending regulation play that was later waved off by the official, sending clipboards flying and emotions erupting.

Braden Decker led the team and the game with 15 points and five assists.

Teammate Frank Noles finished with his second straight double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Forks will continue its Southwest Washington League play, hosting Tenino on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.

North Beach 50, Forks 44, OT

Forks 13 4 13 12 2 — 44

North Beach 9 19 7 7 6 — 50

Individual Scoring

Forks (44)

Decker 15, Noles 13, Castellano 6, T. Penn 4, Johnson 4.

North Beach (50)

LaBoie 14, Archer 13, Vick 11, Berentsen 9, Jennings 1.

Crescent 41, Quilcene 40

JOYCE — It came down to the wire as the Loggers pulled out a victory against the Rangers on Thursday with a last-second shot.

“The kids really played hard,” Crescent coach Darren Heaward said. “They kept fighting through it and really did a great job.”

Joel Williams tossed up a prayer from inside the paint after two missed shots by Crescent as the ball bounced on the rim and rolled in at the buzzer.

Williams lead the Loggers with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds as the game’s leading scorer.

Brandon Bancroft led the Rangers with 17 points.

Crescent next hosts Chimacum on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m.

Crescent 41, Quilcene 40

Quilcene 9 11 8 13 — 40

Crescent 12 7 5 16 — 41

Individual Scoring

Quilcene (40)

Bancroft 17, Pleines 10, Davidson 9, Jordan 4.

Crescent (41)

Williams 18, Finley 16, Barnes 2, Waldrip 2, Weingrand 2, Story 1.

Wrestling Port Angeles second at NM

BELFAIR — The Roughriders, after winning their own tough Battle for the Axe tournament, went out and captured second at the 15-team North Mason Classic on Thursday.

Port Angeles had three winners and 12 placers to finish second behind the Bulldogs, 197.5-174.

“This was a pretty good day for us,” coach Erik Gonzalez said.

“We picked up where we left off at the Axe.”

Nathan Cristion won the 189-pound title and remained perfect on the year with a 16-0 record with 15 pins.

Also winning were Josh Basden at 103 and Andrew Symonds at 140.

Placing for the Riders were Ozzy Swagerty,fifth at 112; Kody Steele, third at 145; Kacee Garner, fifth at 152; Trevor Lee, second at 160; Brian Cristion, third at 171; Zach Grall, fifth at 189; Daniel Jenkins, fifth at 285; and Jacob Dostie and Corey Roblan, tied for third each at 215.

The powerful Riders will find out just how tough Olympic League foe North Mason is one-on-one as the two teams meet in a league dual meet Wednesday at Port Angeles High School.

“That match should go right down to the wire,” Gonzalez said.

Wrestling Sequim takes fifth

NORTH MASON — The Wolves captured fifth place at the North Mason wrestling tournament with the score of 118 on Thursday.

“We were fairly balanced,” Sequim coach Len Borchers said. “And we had guys competing very well.”

Sequim finished without any champions in the tourney while Clay Charlie placed second in the 285-pound heavyweight class to be the top competitor for the Wolves.

Austin Middleton in the 130, Lopaka Yasamura in the 160, Dakota Hinton in the 171 and Chris Falkey in the 189 all finished in third place.

Sequim next travels to face Kingston on Wednesday in Olympic League dual-meet action starting at 7 p.m.

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