WOODLAND – After three cancellations in seven days, the Kalama Boys basketball team finally managed to take the field against another team and took advantage of it, coming back to beat Woodland 70-65 in a short-notice version of the 8-Mile War.
It took 45 points in the second half for the Chinooks, who went to the interval under 34-25, and as usual, the action began with senior Jackson Esary.
“Jackson took the lead,” said Kalama manager Wes Armstrong.
Kalama beat Woodland 22-12 in the third quarter; 20 of those visitor points came out of Esary’s hands. In the fourth, the Beavers went out of their way to contain him, which created opportunities for his teammates.
The Chinooks took home 23 points in the quarter, taking them one point ahead at the start of the quarter to a five-point win.
“Jackson made it all easier,” Armstrong said. “They believed and doubled up, did it three times as a team, and other guys were able to open up and hit a few shots for us, and we got some nice backdoor cuts for them.”
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Nate Meyer finished with a double double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Chinooks. Jack Doerty added six points, as did Max Cox, who switched to Kalama’s place after starting forward Preston Armstrong injured his ankle and had to leave the game.
In the beginning, the Woodland shooters ran the contest. The Beavers scored 13 3-pointers in the evening and, aside from that slow third quarter, they stayed largely on their pace throughout the game. Dane Huddleston led Woodland with 20 points, Beau Swett scored 18, Drew Burns had 10 and both Justin Philpot and Cole Logan scored six.
Kalama (4-1) was expected to face Stevenson in a league match on Thursday, although possible snow blew up the game. Woodland (4-2) was to host La Center.
The ducks start, they finish fast against La Center
TOUTLE – After a two-and-a-half week hiatus, canceled games and a canceled trip to Yakima, the Toutle Lake boys’ basketball team returned to play victorious on Wednesday, beating La Center 67-49 on the back of two strong quarters.
“In the first and fourth quarters, those two quarters were pretty sharp defending and attacking,” said TL manager Eric Swanson. “We had some respite in the second and third quarters, but I’m really happy with how we ended up in the fourth.”
The Ducks kept the Wildcats just five points in the first quarter, and increased the attack by 22 in the quarter. In between, La Center overtook Toutle Lake 34-30 in the middle two quarters.
Year two Zach Swanson had nearly half of his team’s points alone, losing 31 points and leading all the scorers. Conner Cox added 17 and John Nicholson added 12.
Toutle Lake (5-1) is expected to wrap up the 2021 list with another off-league bias at home against King’s Way Christian on Friday.
Rockets hit Napavine
NAPAVINE – Two single-digit quarters and a difficult stretch at the start of the second half were enough to bring down the team short of Castle Rock, who lost 55-47 to Napavine in an out-of-league game on Wednesday.
The Rockets only took eight players north with them, and they didn’t drive big man Adam Partridge to lower the tone.
“I was proud of our commitment as David Garcia and James Montgomery gave us excellent minutes off the bench,” said CR manager Hayden Tilton. “Landon Gardner also recovered his first full game from injury.”
After finishing the first quarter 11-11, Napavine kept Castle Rock nine points in the second quarter and did it again in the third, starting the second half with a 10-0 run. The Rockets found their pace more in the fourth, but were only able to cut the deficit by one point.
“Napavine had a great game plan and gave us good information on what other teams in our league will do on the defensive,” said Tilton.
Castle Rock (6-3) will open 1A TriCo on January 5th at King’s Way Christian.
Acorns eliminate comets
MENLO – Naselle’s boys’ basketball team tripped out of the gate and never found its offensive base on Wednesday, falling at Oakville 55-47 in a forgetful shooting match at the Jack Q. Pearson Holiday Classic.
“(Our) shot was colder than the outside temperature,” said Naselle manager Bill Olsen.
The Comets shot a bad 18% from the field – 9 of 49 inside the arc and 5 of 27 outside of it – and only went 11 of 24 from the free throw line.
The closed basket helped Oakville to gain an 11-7 lead after a quarter and a 25-15 lead at half time.
Jason Harman scored 10 of Naselle’s 15 points in the first half and ended the night with 12 points, 14 rebounds and nine steals. Top scorer Kolten Lindstrom finished with 14, but went 0 out of 10 from three points.
Freshman Jack Strange, inserted in the starting lineup of Trent Stephens, scored 13 goals, all in the second half. It went 3 out of 5 out of 3 points; the rest of the Comets combined for just two three made the whole game.
Naselle (5-4) was facing Winlock on Thursday.
Two big cards less in Valley
MENLO – Willapa Valley started both the first and second halves glowing and led huge offensive outings in the first and third quarters by winning 86-41 over Winlock in a non-championship men’s basketball game at the Jack Q. Pearson Holiday Classic on Wednesday.
The Vikings lost a first quarter by 29 points and took the lead 42-18 at half time. Then they got up by one with 30 in the third quarter.
Caleb Richendollar scored 24 points for the Cardinals, Cole Fray-Parmantier added 12 and Chase Scofield scored 11, but no other Winlock players found the bottom of the basket.
Winlock (0-9) was facing another 1B opponent at Naselle on Thursday.