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Elma girls fall short against Woodland

Down 22-14 at halftime, Elma found their aggressive offensive style in the third quarter to tie the game against Trico League champion Woodland. The Lady Eagles a took a brief lead in the fourth quarter, but went cold for the final 5:50 of the game to fall, 49-41, in a District IV 1A girls basketball semifinal game at Kelso High School on Friday.

“We put ourselves in a position to win and we didn’t come through,” coach Lisa Johnson said. “We’re not ready to be done.”

Senior Brooke Goldsmith (game-high 20 points) used her dribble-drive to convert baskets and get to the free-throw line. Senior Sydney Smythe added free throws, senior Taryn Farrar and junior Izzy Cristelli scored from the inside and Elma erased the halftime deficit.

Jordaan Hall’s post-up jumper with 3:55 remaining tied the game at 41-41, but that represented Elma’s final points of the game. Woodland got a second chance off an offensive rebound and saw sophomore guard Jessica Flanagan (12 points) knock home a 3-point shot for a 44-41 lead.

“We had untimely turnovers, which were converted into a three and went back down there and turned the ball over again,” Johnson said. “The biggest thing for us is, the second quarter killed us. We got complacent. I’ve never seen us not attack the basket like we didn’t do in that quarter. When we came out at halftime, we told them we had no transition baskets. That’s our game.”

Elma traveled to Kelso to take on Hoquiam in a loser out game on Wednesday.

Monte boys season ends with loss to Toledo

The Montesano High School boys basketball team’s season ended one game shy of the District 4 tournament with a 55-35 loss to Toledo on Feb. 11.

The Indians, the No. 5 seed out of the Trico League, showcased their defense from the opening tip and prevented the Bulldogs’ struggling offense from getting any traction.

“Their defense disrupted us; they were coming, doubling, doubling from the front, from the back,” coach Doug Galloway said. “That disrupted everything we wanted to do. With a young team and a new coach, we didn’t respond very well to that. Their defense led to their offense. You get more opportunities off turnovers and they’re getting 2-to-1 chances and their offense was going to click.”

Toledo made sure Montesano had trouble from the get-go. The hosts struggled to find open shots and turnovers allowed the visitors to break out in transition to control the pace of the game.

Montesano managed to trim the deficit into single digits on Kaleb Chastain’s offensive-rebound putback midway through the third quarter, 34-26. Unfortunately, for the Bulldogs, Toledo’s defense forced several turnovers on the next Monte possessions to kickstart transition baskets that pushed the lead into double digits for good.

Montesano will bow out with a 11-10 record overall.

“I think we did a fantastic job this year,” Galloway said. “We went 11-10, finished over .500 with a new coach and just one returning player with experience. I think we had a great year. There are only a few teams that keep going in the postseason. There are 72 teams in the 1A and not all of them keep on playing. We got beat by a better team tonight.”