Girls Hoops: Indians Use Timely Shooting, Defense to Top Winlock

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Toledo had three players in double-figure scoring and was able to hold off Addison Hall’s offensive performance for a 52-32 victory at home Tuesday in Central 2B League action.

Marina Smith (11), Emma Cline-Maier (10) and Stacie Spahr (10) each finished in double-digit scoring as the Indians shot 35% from the field as a team.

“It was a game of runs,” Toledo coach Brian Layton said. “They’re a solid team. Our goal is to always score 50 points and play the best defense we can.”

The Indians did, for the most part, by holding all Cardinals except for Hall to single-digit scoring, as the standout junior went off for a game-high 21 points. 

Unfortunately, she didn’t get much help on the offensive end. Senior Karlie Jones added five points for Winlock and junior Madison Vigre chipped in four.

“They just kept coming back,” Layton said. “We played good defense on Hall and she still hit a couple turnarounds with a hand in her face.”

Spahr added a game-high 18 points for Toledo, while Gracie Madill had six points, five assists and four steals. Greenlee Clark chipped in nine points and five assists, while Smith tallied eight assists and four steals.

But the Indians used timely shooting and timely defense to pull away and secure the victory, Layton said.

Toledo (5-2, 4-2 league) hosts Kalama on Thursday. Winlock (4-3, 3-3) hosts Toutle Lake on Thursday.

Loggers Keep it Close Against Mules

Onalaska stayed within striking distance throughout but couldn’t complete a comeback in a 44-34 loss against league-leading Wahkiakum at home on Tuesday.

The Loggers trailed 23-16 at the half and 34-26 heading into the final quarter but the Mules kept hitting 3-pointers and Jansi Merz completed a couple three-point plays to keep Onalaska at bay.

“We played really hard,” Onalaska coach Alana Olson said. “It was our best game of the year, for sure. It was an intense game from the first inbound pass until the buzzer sounded.”

Onalaska shot just 28% from the field but received big offensive performances from sophomore Morgan Hamilton who had team-highs of 12 points and nine rebounds. Callie Lawrence added nine points and seven boards.

“We didn’t shoot well but we rebounded well, especially offensively,” Olson said.

Wahkiakum was led by Merz’ game-high 17 points, while Reigha Niemeyer added 16 points on four 3-pointers.

“I’m very proud of the way we played,” Olson said. “Our goal was to play 32 minutes of intensity and we didn’t want any letdowns, and I feel we did that.”

Onalaska (5-3, 5-3 league) travels to Stevenson on Thursday.

Tigers Blow Away Chinooks

Napavine forced 42 turnovers that led to 39 points as the Tigers made quick work of a young Kalama team for a 55-18 road victory on Tuesday.

On the offensive end, the Tigers were buoyed by three players in double figures, led by Dani Tupuola’s game-high 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go with seven rebounds and seven steals.

Natalya Marcial added 12 points, six rebounds and two steals, and Rae Sisson chipped in 10 points, two steals and two assists.

“Rae, Dani and Natalya had a great game offensively,” Napavine coach Shane Schutz said.”

The Tigers finished with 30 steals on the night, with Makensee Taliaferro nabbing six, Grace Gall getting four and Keira O’Neil and Avery Schutz each swiping three.

Napavine shot 31% from the field while holding the Chinooks to 18%.

Kalama was led by Sydney Johnson’s 11 points and seven rebounds.

Napavine (5-2, 5-2 league) plays Ilwaco at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Beavers’ Defense Traps Grizzlies

Tenino used shutdown defense to hold off Hoquiam for a 39-23 road victory Tuesday and set up a showdown with Montesano for the 1A Evergreen Conference title on Thursday.

“Our defense was solid the entire game,” Tenino coach Scott Ashmore said. “The players were very active on defense all night, getting a number of deflections and steals.

On the offensive end, do-it-all junior Ashley Schow scored a team-high 24 points, doing most of her damage inside the key.

Megan Letts added six points, was effective passing to open players for assists and was crucial on defense, Ashmore said. Alivia Hunter added four points, Rilee Jones had three and Grace Vestal knocked in two.

Phillips praised Vestal for her performance in transition, Hunter for her communication and defense and junior Abby Severse for her precision passing and putting players in positions to score.

“The offense did a great job attacking the basket, looking to score inside all night,” Ashmore said. “We missed a number of inside shots and continue to work on finishing at the rim. 

Tenino (8-2, 6-1 league) hosts riva Montesano at 7 p.m. on Thursday to determine the conference champion.