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Monte boys drop game to Willapa Valley

Cold shooting from the floor doomed Montesano High School boys basketball team in a 58-41 loss to Willapa Valley on Monday.

Montesano (5-5, 1-2) came out of the locker room slow in the first half scoring only five points in the first quarter and the Bulldogs were never able to heat up from the floor shooting just over 30 percent for the game.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well and we gave them the ball too many times,” coach Doug Galloway said. “We had some people play well. We just didn’t put the ball in the hole as much as we would like.”

Montesano was led on offense by 12 points from senior Kenny Roy. Sophomore Kaleb Chastain scored 11 points and senior Kody Usher added nine points.

Galloway said Chastain has continued to improve over the last few games.

“Kaleb is doing a nice job of giving himself a chance to score at the line, going at the basket whether he is getting it on a rebound or an opportunity for a pass or drive,” Galloway said. “He shot ten free throws tonight.”

Losers in their last three games, the Bulldogs are working hard to get back in the win column and Galloway said the key is to keep putting forth a good effort.

“We just have to stay positive,” Galloway said. “We just need something good to happen and then it will start rolling in our favor again.”