With leading scorer Tyler Klatush out with an injury, Rochester couldn’t get its offense churning, dropping a 52-40 decision to visiting Shelton on Friday in 2A Evergreen Conference play.
The Warriors briefly held a tie with the Highclimbers at 6-6 early in the first quarter, then got into foul trouble and trailed by 17 at the half.
Rochester settled down in the second half and began connecting on shots to close the gap to 14, then down to 12 in the last few minutes but couldn’t complete the comeback attempt.
“We are a very young undersized team that works very hard to get what we can at this moment,” Rochester coach Derrick Pringle said. “Our defense has helped us to hold opponents’ scorers below their average. Shelton is a very good program and has a bright upside. Hats off to the coaching staff.”
Rochester was led by Caleb Vanderhoof’s 15 points, while Ben Clouse, Sawyer Robbins and Porter Mason each had six. Parker McAferty added five.
Shelton was led by Tyler Kenyon’s 12 points.
Rochester (1-8, 0-8 league) travels to Black Hills on Monday.
Tenino used a big second half to pull off a 41-38 upset over Montesano on the road Friday night in 1A Evergreen Conference action.
The Beavers trailed 20-12 at the half then held the Bulldogs to single-digit scoring in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring them 16-9 in the third and 13-9 in the fourth. The Beavers reeled off a 16-2 run at one point in the third.
“It had a lot to do with the glass,” Tenino coach Joe Chirhart said. “We really cleaned up the glass.”
The Beavers pulled down 29 rebounds and were led by posts Takari Hickle and Conleth Jackson, who each finished with a double double. Hickle had a team-high 12 points and 12 rebounds and Jackson added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“They did a great job walling up,” Chirhart said. “We played solid defense.”
It was just the second time Chirhart’s Beavers have beaten the Bulldogs in the seven years he’s been coach.
He also praised Max Craig for his scrappy performance, scoring eight points and pulling down four offensive rebounds, as well as Toby Seuss, who had two big buckets in the second half at the end of the shot clock.
Noah Schow had six points, all in the second half, including a crucial 3-pointer with 2 ½ minutes left to play.
Tenino (2-8, 2-6 overall) hosts Rainier in a non-league matchup at 2 p.m. on Saturday.