Willapa Valley HS head coach John Peterson told the Herald that Valley “started out great” while taking a 14-9 lead after one quarter. The Vikes still led 24-18 at halftime before Toutle Lake outscored Willapa 15-8 in the third quarter to take a 33-32 heading into the fourth quarter. The game was tied 41-41 after regulation.
The Vikings scored the first eight points in overtime for a 49-41 lead. Toutle Lake nailed a trey to close to 49-44 before Cody Buchanan countered with a trey to go back up by eight (52-44). Toutle Lake scored a basket and then sank a 27-foot trey from the wing to make the score 52-49. Camenzind made 1 of 2 free throws and Buchanan made 2 of 2 to put the game on ice with 7 seconds left in the game.
“It was your pretty good Valley-Toutle Lake,” Peterson said. “They have kind of been an Achilles heel for us in the tournament.”
The Vikings lost to Toutle Lake in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and had a record of 2-4 the past six games entering Saturday's game against the Fighting Ducks.
“Our kids are so tough mentally,” Peterson said. “They don't ever quit. It would have been easy for them to the way things were going.”
Kyler Oblad and Buchanan both scored 9 points. Anthony Sagen, who went out in the third quarter with a wrist injury, did not score.
“Every kid that played, played their tail off,” Peterson said.
“This is the first time since 2007 that we've been in the semis,” Peterson said. “I'm pretty excited about that. We're the only Pacific League team on the winners side of the bracket. The kids showed a lot of heart and made big plays when we had to. The key was we never panicked. We're seniors now. Most of our main players are seniors who been in a lot battles together. We're mature now. That really helped. They were calm.
It was louder than hell. I thought, here we go again; they're gonna get us.
Valley (19-3) faces Mossyrock (17-4) tonight (6:30) at Centralia.
“They're a really talented team with three players going 6-3 or better,” Peterson said. “They have a 5-9 guard who is just a pest defensively. Their best player is Jaron Kirkley, a 6-3 sophomore guard averaging 16.3 points per game.”
Hazen scores at 16.4 ppg; Tristin Watson is a 6-4 guard, averaging 10.2 ppg, and Shawn Stevens is a post averaging 11.0 ppg.
“Were not the favorites,' Peterson said. “I suspect we'll show up and play hard.'
Five teams from the district head to the regionals and then eight teams from the regionals go to state.
Willapa Valley 65, North Beach 57
Fueled by 24 points by Matt Konigsberger Willapa Valley toppled North Beach 65-57 in a pre-District IV seeding game last Monday (Feb. 10) at Ocosta HS in Wesport. The Vikings drained 27 of 31 free throws for 87 percent, including 21 straight in the second half. The Vikes claimed the No. 1 seed for the Pacific League in the District IV Boys' Basketball Tournament which opened Thursday night at various sites.
Konigsberger turned in a double-double with 11 rebounds. Konigsberger nailed 11 of 12 free throws. He sank 6 of 16 shots from the field.
Camenzind scored 16 points, took down 8 rebounds and handed out 4 assists. Anthony Sagen sank 9 points and Cody Buchanan banged in 7 points. Sagen scored all 9 of his points at the foul line on 12 attempts.
The Vikings canned 18 of 46 shots for 39 percent. Valley committed 13 turnovers.
Willapa went up 18-11 after one quarter and 32-22 at halftime. The Hyaks hanged tough while winning the third panel 12-8 to trail 40-34 heading into the final frame. Valley won a high-scoring fourth quarter 25-23. Leading 36-34, the Vikes went on a 10-1 run. North Beach then went on a 10-2 run to trail 48-45.
North Beach shot 41% from the floor on 23 of 56. The Hyaks hit only 8 of 15 charity tosses.
North Beach fell to 19-2 on the season; both losses to Valley.
Adna 57, Raymond 47
Raymond opened district play with an opening round loss versus Adna 57-47 last Thursday night Montesano. Darol Ratsavongsy led the Seagulls with 17 points and Rayce Newman added 16.
Adna led 15-8 after one quarter and 31-22 at halftime. The Seagulls went ahead 37-36 after three quarters but were outscored 21-10 in the fourth quarter.
The Gulls shot 30% from the field on 18 of 59 compared to 40% for the Pirates (21 of 53). Raymond was 4 of 4 at the foul line while AHS was 10 of 18.
Raymond (9-11) played Toutle Lake (11-12) Monday night at Rochester in a loser-out game.