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Sports briefs: Little League, Monte Basketball, Elma Basketball

Monte boys split games

The Montesano boys started off last week with a much needed win over Rochester 67-58. The Bulldogs built a double digit lead over the Warriors on Jan. 14 through strong inside play, but it was made free throws down the stretch that gave Montesano the victory.

Montesano (7-7, 3-4) sunk 13 shots from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter en route to a 67-58 win in an Evergreen 1A League boys’ basketball game at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.

“You win or lose a lot of games on the free-throw line, and today we won it on the free throw line,” Montesano coach Doug Galloway said.

The Bulldogs’ 67 points scored is a significant improvement from the 42 points they averaged in their first five league games.

“I think we’re getting better,” Galloway said. “I think we’re starting to trust each other a little bit. The ball is moving better. The more we play and play together, the more we’ll trust each other. Then the ball moves better.”

The Bulldogs were led by 20 points from senior Kenny Roy. Senior Kody Usher added 17 points and sophomore Logan Truax pitched in 11.

Montesano wasn’t able to keep up the same offensive production on Friday in a 38-28 loss to league opponent Rainier. After pulling out to a one-point lead at halftime, the Bulldogs were held to just eight points in the second half.

Sophomore Kaleb Chastain and senior Evan Bialkowsky shared Bulldog scoring honors with eight points each. Chastain also grabbed seven rebounds, one more than Bialkowsky.

Elma boys drop two

The Elma High School boys basketball team was undefeated in league play going into last week, but the wheels seemed to fall off for the Eagles. Elma faced off with Hoquiam on Jan. 14 in a much anticipated battle of unbeatens with neither team registering a loss to a league opponent. The matchup began just as many had anticipated with the teams exchanging baskets early in the game and going to halftime tied at 27, but in the third quarter the Grizzlies speed was too much for Elma. Hoquiam grabbed control with a 26-point third quarter and never looked back.

“What it came down to, in the second half, was they wanted it more than us. And that’s on us (the coaching staff),” Prince said. “I didn’t prepare the kids well. Learn and grow.”

Senior Ryan Collin led the Eagles with 25 points. Senior Ray Stark scored 12 points and senior Tyson Nauman added 10 points.

The Eagles (7-5, 5-2) troubles didn’t stop with the loss to Hoquiam as Elma dropped their second league game in a row to Forks 45-39 on Friday. Elma led 30-27 after three quarters, but were unable to close out the Spartans allowing Forks to score 18 points in the final period.

The Eagles, meanwhile, hit only 5 of 12 free throws and were 0-for-19 from 3-point range.

“We’re not playing as a unit right now,” Price said. “The kids are frustrated and it is understandable, but they’ve got to figure a way to break it. The effort was there, it is just that our effort is more individual instead of as a unit. We are trying to do too many things by ourselves instead of working together.”

Senior Chance Bremer had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Stark nine points for the Eagles.

Montesano Little League holding sign ups

Sign ups for Montesano Little League are set for 6 - 8 p.m. on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 at the Montesano High School Library. The cost is $55.00 player. Parents should bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate (only for kids that did not play Montesano Little League last year) and at least one proof of residency such as a utility bill, cable bill or driver’s license. Parents of children 10-12 years old must provide three proofs of residency dated somewhere between February 2012 and February, 2013. A medical insurance form must also be submitted.

Members of the boad will be present to answer any questions and to help with sizes for hats and shirts.

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