Winlock led from start to finish, propelled by a havoc-wreaking defense and formidable offense, delivering a 62-25 defeat to Morton-White Pass in the loser’s bracket of the 2B District 4 girls basketball tournament Tuesday at Black Hills High School.
Winlock advances to the next round of the consolation bracket after losing to Forks in the opening round. Morton-White Pass is eliminated.
“I’m very proud of the girls after that tough loss to Forks,” Winlock coach Dracy McCoy said. “It’s good to come back, and they got to have some fun and play hard. I’m excited for them to move on.”
Central 2B League co-MVP Addison Hall led all scorers with a game-high 18 points to go with 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in an all-around performance.
Pe Ell junior Charlie Carper added 15 points and 18 boards for the Cards, while senior Madison Vigre finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and Kindyl Kelly pitched in 10 points and seven rebounds.
“We put in some new offensive sets that worked really well for us,” McCoy said. “And they just kept working on defense. A goal of ours tonight was to be really focused on blocking out and the girls did that.”
Morton-White Pass struggled to adjust to Winlock’s staunch defense, hitting just two field goals in the first half.
The Timberwolves were led by McKenzee Mays’ team-high 11 points while Malia Armstrong chipped in six points.
MWP coach Curt Atkinson said though the season didn’t end the way they had hoped, the T-Wolves are trending in the right direction. Plus, the team is really young and loses just one senior in Jordan Koetje. The Timberwolves finish their season 6-12 overall.
“We finished higher than most people picked us to and we’re extremely young,” Atkinson said. “We’ve got a great eighth-grade group coming in next year that’s playing varsity right now, so our future is bright.”
Winlock faces league foe Napavine in another elimination round at 6 p.m., Thursday, at Black Hills High School.