Roundup: Costly turnovers in Hoquiam’s loss to Black Hills

Hoquiam’s girls hoops team struggled against Black Hills, while Grays Harbor College’s women’s wrestling team earned a No. 1 ranking as we review Tuesday’s local sports news.

GIRLS PREPARATION BASKETBALL

Black Hills 64, Hoquiam 28

Hoquiam had no answer for Black Hills in a 64-28 loss at Hoquiam High School on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies (2-4) trailed by 15 points at the end of one quarter and committed 29 turnovers in the game, a stat Hoquiam head coach Chad Allan said continues to be a problem for his team.

“We ran into a solid Black Hills team tonight that plays basketball the way it’s supposed to be played. We had no answer to anything they threw at us,” he said. “It was a great pre-season game that we could use as a benchmark for how far we still have to go. Turnovers to start the opponent’s offense are still our number one concern.”

Hoquiam hit 9 of 30 shots from the field (30%) and was outshot 34-20.

PHOTO BY FOREST WORGUM Hoquiam's Nadine Stewart scores nine points to lead the Grizzlies during Tuesday's 64-28 loss to Black Hills in Hoquiam.

PHOTO BY FOREST WORGUM Hoquiam’s Nadine Stewart scores nine points to lead the Grizzlies during Tuesday’s 64-28 loss to Black Hills in Hoquiam.

Junior guard Nadine Stewart led the Grizzlies with nine points, while sophomore Lexi LaBounty added eight points.

The Wolves went 29-for-63 (46%) from the floor and had 19 offensive rebounds in the game.

Hoquiam will take some time off for the Christmas break and resume play in the Raymond Holiday Tournament against Morton-White Pass on Thursday, December 28th at 4:00 pm at Raymond High School.

Black Hills 24 16 15 9 – 64

Hoquiam 9 5 5 9 – 28

Scoring: Black Hills – McMahon 19, Venable 13, Williams 8, Klovas 7, Buchanan 7, C. Johnson 4, Patti 4, Johnson 2. Hoquiam – Stewart 9, LaBounty 8, Gordon 4, Brodhead 3, Howard 3, Little 1 .

Raymond-South Bend 62, North Beach 19

Raymond-South Bend got points from every player in a 62-19 win over North Beach in Ocean Shores on Tuesday.

RSB (5-2 overall, 3-2 2B Pacific) got points from all seven Ravens that played Tuesday, led by sophomore guard Kassie Koski, who had a game-high 16 points to go along with six steals and four rebounds.

Emma Glazier scored 10 points, while Ava Pine and Megan Kongbouakhay each had nine points for the Ravens.

RSB led 22-5 after the first quarter and held a 24-point lead at halftime.

“Really happy with the good, competitive mindset early in the game. Good positive plays offensively and defensively from all seven who played tonight,” RSB head coach Jason Koski said. “I’m happy to see good, balanced scoring and our ability to reduce our team’s turnovers. It’s great to see the team chemistry develop both offensively and defensively.”

RSB committed seven turnovers in the game and was led on the glass by Ava Baugher with 11 rebounds.

North Beach was led by freshman Elka Cox with eight points.

The Hyaks (1-7, 0-5) committed 11 turnovers and went 9-of-10 from the free throw line (90%).

North Beach will play Ilwaco on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. 4 in Ocean Shores.

Raymond-South Bend 22 12 19 9 – 62

North Beach 5 5 4 5 – 7 p.m

Scoring: RSB – Kas. Koski 16, Sklenář 10, Pine 9, Kongbouakhay 9, Morley 7, Stigall 6, Baugher 5. North Beach – Cox 8, Goldman 4, Beck 4, Dodson 2, Capoeman 1.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Elma's Xavier Espinoza (1) stands on the podium after winning the 113-pound weight class at the HammerHead Invitational Saturday in Bremerton.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Elma’s Xavier Espinoza (1) stands on the podium after winning the 113-pound weight class at the HammerHead Invitational Saturday in Bremerton.

BOYS WRESTLING PREPARATION

Elma’s Espinoza wins class at HammerHead Invitational

Elma wrestler Xavier Espinoza won his weight class Saturday at the HammerHead Invitational at the Kitsap Sun Pavillion in Bremerton.

Espinoza won his first four matches via pinfall before facing Washington’s Daniel Herrera in the 113-pound title match, where the Elma sophomore won via medical forfeit.

Elma’s Aidyn Johnson won five matches at 113 pounds before falling on Saturday, the second day of the tournament.

Elma’s Kale Reeves won five matches at 132 pounds before falling in the consolation round on Saturday.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE MATCH

Grays Harbor College was ranked #1 in the NCWA

The Grays Harbor Chokers earned the No. 1 spot in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s latest Top 10 rankings.

The Chokers scored 65 points for the No. 1 seed ahead of Ottawa-Arizona (58 points), Liberty (44), Washington State (37) and Grand Canyon (33).

Two GHC wrestlers placed 1st in their respective weight classes. Raneah Ureste — the defending national champion — took first at 191 pounds, while GHC sophomore Kali Hood was ranked 235.

The complete ranking can be viewed at ncwa.net.

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