Prep basketball recap: Montesano beats La Center for first win of young season

The Montesana girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season, while the Elma Eagles boys team took on Adna on Thursday.


Montesano 72, La Center 22

Montesano bounced back from the previous night’s loss by defeating La Center 72-22 on Thursday at Montesano High School.

The Bulldogs (1-1 overall) played an improved defensive game, holding the Wildcats (1-2) to five points in each of the first two quarters and four points in the fourth.

“We came out with a lot more energy tonight,” Monte coach Mark Mansfield said. “I thought we did a really good job all night of flying around on defense and giving them problems.

Monte, a young team that entered the season with just two players who had any varsity experience, got a big game from sophomore Jillie Dalan, who paced La Center herself with 29 points and 15 rebounds.

Sophomore Lex Stanfield had 10 points and four steals, while freshman Tieander Olson had a solid all-around game with seven points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals.

PHOTO BY FOREST WORGUM Montesano freshman guard Tieander Olson drives against La Center in Thursday's 72-22 victory at Montesano.

PHOTO BY FOREST WORGUM Montesano freshman guard Tieander Olson drives against La Center in Thursday’s 72-22 victory at Montesano.

Montesano pounded the glass Thursday, holding a 55-19 rebounding advantage.

Mansfield said the win “was a good bounce back” from Wednesday’s season-opening loss to 1B state champion Neah Bay and was pleased with his entire team’s performance.

“Each one of them went in there and plucked their tails. … We played 12 and all 12 played hard,” he said. “Our intensity and energy was better tonight, especially early on.

Mansfield added that while this is the youngest team Monte has coached during his time at the school — with only one senior and three juniors on the roster — he believes they will improve with more playing time.

“I think the more they play, the more comfortable they’ll be playing at this level,” he said. “Last night against a good team (in Neah Bay) we didn’t back down and fought until the very end and I think we can build on that. It carried over tonight.”

Montesano plays at Napavine on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Center 5 5 8 4 – 22

Montesano 18 19 18 17 – 72

Scoring: Montesano – Dalan 29, Stanfield 10, Olson 7, Parkin 6, Jones 6.


Adna 63, Elma 58

Elma ended up on the wrong side of a matchup between two quality teams, losing to Adna 63-58 on Thursday in Elma.

According to Eagles head coach Matt Ferrier, Elma lost its third game in four days before the season opener 35-26 after giving up 22 points in the second quarter and taking too many long shots on offense. .

“In the first half we tried to attack their zone. Our shot selection in the first half was not very good,” he said. “We settled for outside shots instead of attacking the gaps in their zone.

Elma outscored Adna in the second half after Ferrier urged his team to be more patient in attack.

“After our half-time talk, our adjustments looked spot on,” he said. “We were a lot more deliberate on offense, we waited for the right look and it showed.

Trailing by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, Elma rallied to tie the game at 58-58 with just over a minute left in regulation.

The Eagles defense forced a missed shot by Adna Eli Smith, but Smith followed up his own rebound, scored and was fouled to give the Pirates the lead in the final seconds of the game.

“Smith was a load,” Ferrier said. “He did a great job carrying their load because (all-league guard Braeden) Salme was sitting out with a broken leg.

Ferrier added that his team had chances, but too many missed opportunities led to the loss.

“It didn’t help that we missed a couple of layups after tying the game,” he said. “So yeah, definitely, the quote of the night was ‘missed opportunities’.”

Junior guard Traden Carter scored 16 points to lead Elma.

The Eagles’ AJ Holmes (14 points, 10 rebounds), Grant Vessey (10) and Cason Seaberg (10 points, 5 assists) also scored in double figures.

Elma shot 21-of-50 from the field (42%), including 8-for-19 from 3-point range (42%).

The Eagles play at Centralia on Monday at 7 p.m.

Adna 13 22 12 16 – 63

Elma 10 16 14 18 – 58

Scoring: Adna – Smith 27, T. Salme 15, Johnson 11, Humphrey 7, Muller 3. Elma – Carter 16, Holmes 14, Vessey 10, Seaberg 10, McGaffey 6, Studer 3.

Chief Leschi 75, Ocosta 42

Ocosta was never in it as the Wildcats dropped a 75-42 Pacific League 2B opener to Chief Leschi on Thursday in Puyallup.

The Wildcats (1-1, 0-1 2B Pacific) struggled to handle the Warriors’ (2-0, 1-0) defensive aggression, forcing Ocosta into 30 turnovers in the game, 12 by himself in a 31-9 first. quarter boy

“Well, tonight was the definition of an old-fashioned bum,” Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby said. “Leschi forced us into a turnover in the first quarter and never looked back. We tried to match them, but it was like a tortoise trying to keep up with a hare in a sprint, we couldn’t. We were outmatched from the start.”

Ocosta guard Kayden Turner scored 22 points — including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc — to lead all scorers.

“Kayden Turner tried to keep us in the game with his shooting, but other than that we didn’t generate any offense,” Quinby said. “Overall I was pleased with our effort but we were completely outplayed tonight.

Ocosta plays at Crescent on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

Ocosta 9 9 5 19 – 42

Chief Leschi 31 20 23 1 – 75

Scoring: Chief Leschi – Winzer 21, Lara 16, Oyos 13, Spino 12. Ocosta – Kay. Turner 22, Knez 6, Ceja 4, Kor. Turner 3, Agramon 2, White 2, Wyland 2, Miranda 1.

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