By The Chronicle staff

Girls Hoops: Bearcats Blow Out Black Hills, 61-26


Madi Mencke and Drea Brumfield combined for 38 points and W.F. West shellacked visiting Black Hills, 61-26, in 2A Evergreen Conference play on Wednesday.

The victory extends the Bearcats’ win streak to six to start the season.

“It was phenomenal,” W.F. West coach Kyle Karnofski said. “Probably our best game of the year.”

The Bearcats led 18-11 early on, kicked it into gear midway through the second and hit their stride during a 17-7 run in the third quarter to put the Wolves away for good. They reeled off a 33-6 run across a 16-minute span at one point.

“We imposed our will defensively in the second half,” Karnofski said.

Mencke scored a career-high 20 points, which included three 3-pointers, to go with four assists, three steals and three rebounds.

“It was about the quietest 20 points I’ve ever seen,” Karnofski said. “Couple here, couple there. She set the tone for us defensively.”

Brumfield added a double-double of 18 points and a team-high 12 boards, while blocking six shots and tallying three steals and three assists.

Kyla McCallum contributed eight points, nine rebounds, 10 assists and four steals, while Lexi Roberts had five points and Mak Mencke stole five passes.

“Kyla was huge for us all night,” Karnofski said. “She had two 3s in the third and was throwing dimes all night. She had a complete game all-around.

W.F. West (6-0) heads to Rochester on Friday.

Tumwater Trounces Warriors

Tumwater used lightning-quick offense and staunch defense to deliver a 63-15 drubbing to host Rochester on Wednesday in 2A EvCo action.

The Warriors were held to just seven points in the first half and eight in the second as they struggled to break through Tumwater’s defense and limit turnovers. Rochester trailed 33-7 at the half.

“They’re a well-oiled machine,” Rochester coach Davina Serdahl said. “We played better in the second half; with more intensity. We need to do a better job taking care of the ball.”

Sofie Sand was the lone bright spot for the Warriors, finishing with a team-high five points to go with five rebounds and two steals.

“She worked really hard,” Serdahl said.

Rochester falls to 3-2 overall and hosts W.F. West on Friday.

Beavers Rebound From Last Night’s Loss

Ashley Schow scored a game-high 24 points and Tenino recovered from a loss a night ago to defeat Hoquiam, 51-29, on the road Wednesday in 1A Evergreen Conference play.

Schow shot a blazing 11-for-15 from the field as the Beavers in general shot well all night, going 22-for-50 as a team (44%) to easily handle the Grizzlies.

It was a slow start for the Beavers as they held a 24-18 advantage at the half. And unlike a night ago, when a disastrous third quarter sank them in a loss to Montesano, the Beavers blasted for 18 points in the third quarter against Hoquiam to jaunt away for the victory.

“The second half, we picked it up,” Tenino coach Scott Ashmore said. “We just played good defense and scored enough to win. We did a good job trying to attack.”

Alivia Hunter added 11 points for Tenino, while Megan Letts had six and Grace Vestal finished with four.

Tenino improves to 5-2 overall and hosts Elma at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.