Timberwolves Use Fast Start to Keep Tigers at Bay

WELL ROUNDED: Four Morton-White Pass Players Finish With Double-Digit Scoring in Win Over Napavine

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Four Morton-White Pass players scored in double figures and the Timberwolves used a fast start to build a lead they would never relinquish in a 69-58 road victory over Napavine on Tuesday.

MWP jumped out to a 7-0 lead, held about that much for the rest of the way until Napavine cut it to two late in the third quarter, but the Timberwolves drained a 3-pointer and pushed the lead back out of reach to preserve the win.

“We came out and shot well and executed the game plan pretty good,” MWP coach Chad Cramer said. “It’s a good win on the road against a super-quality opponent. Rex (Stanley) is such a great coach and his guys always know their roles.”

MWP’s guards were able to survive Napavine’s half-court trap that caused fits for Aberdeen on Saturday during the Tigers’ blowout win in their season-opener.

But the Tigers, most of whom were playing football just a week and a half ago, are still fine-tuning some things.

“We struggled defensively and MWP lived in the paint,” Napavine coach Rex Stanley said. “We’ve gotta get better.”

MWP was led by Jace Peters’ team-high 16 points, while Leytan Collette and Gary Dotson each had 15 and Carter Dantinne added 13.

“My guards showed a lot of poise, IQ and leadership tonight,” Cramer said. “They understood what we needed to do. And our post players went to work in the second half.”

Napavine’s James Grose led all scorers with 20 points, while Jarin Prather contributed 19 and Cael Stanley finished with 10.

Morton-White Pass (4-1) travels to Wahkiakum on Thursday. Napavine (1-1) travels to Winlock on Saturday.