Myranda Curtis canned the winning shot and fired in 23 points to keep South Bend alive at the District IV Girls’ Basketball Tournament last Tuesday night (Feb. 12) at Montesano. Curtis drained a baseline J with 12 seconds to play to five the Lady Indians a 52-50 win over North Beach in the loser-out game. The Lady Hyaks missed a trey at the buzzer that hit the front of the rim.
Curtis led South Bend’s fourth quarter attack by scoring 19 of her teams’ 25 points. The Tribe entered the fourth quarter trailing 32-27. Curtis sank two clutch free throws to knot the game at 50 with less than a minute to play.
Makenzie Russell also turned in a big game for SBHS with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
“The win keeps us moving on,” South Bend head coach Gary Wilson told the Herald. “It was a good old-fashioned shootout in the fourth quarter. Toutle Lake is a good ball club. We’ll have to refocus. The point is to advance and we did.”
The Lady Indians dropped in 12 of 16 free throws and shot 34 percent from the floor on 19 of 55. North beach was 16 of 23 from the line and 15 of 43 (35%) from the field.
Wakeena DeLaCruz pumped in 18 points for NBHS, which ended its season with a record of 10-12.
Toutle Lake 58, South Bend 26
The Fighting Ducks of Toutle Lake dismantled South Bend 58-26 last Thursday. Toutle took target practice while nailing 9-of-12 field-goal attempts in the second period, which included five treys to start the blowout.
After the game was tied at 8-8 in the first quarter TL went on to outscore SB 50-18. The Lady Tribe committed 26 turnovers.
“From where I sit, they’re the hottest team out there,” Coach Wilson told the Herald.
Katlyn Sawyer led SBHS in scoring with seven points and Russell grabbed seven rebounds.
“Overall, it was a very successful season, getting second place in the league and getting as far as we did in the tournament,” Wilson said in closing.
South Bend finished with a winning record of 12-11.
Indians Close Out Season at 1-19
South Bend closed out its season with a 70-52 loss at Naselle January 29. Justin Elliott poured in 23 points and took down 11 rebounds.
Miles Davis netted 14 points, collected eight rebounds and dished out six assists for the Indians.
South Bend trailed 19-14 after one quarter, 42-25 at halftime, and 56-44 heading into the fourth quarter.
"We continued to improve during our last game of the season, South Bend head coach Tom Betrozoff told the Herald. “Naselle is a hard place for visiting teams to play and I was quite satisfied with our offensive effort against a good defensive club on their home floor. Their three-point shooting hurt us in the first half and their offensive rebounding was our demise in the second half.
“I would like to thank senior players for their contributions to the program," Betrozoff added.
South Bend’s four seniors included Nathan Kunke, Agustin Diaz, Dakota Halverson and TJ Hodgson.
The Tribe ended the season with an overall record of 1-19; the Indians were 1-11 in the Pacific League.