Photo by Paulene Maneman Raymond HS senior became the 12th player in RHS girls’ basketball to score 1,000 points when she sank this free throw against Naselle last Thursday.
Maneman Scores 1,000th career point
By GEORGE KUNKE
Raymond clinched the Pacific League championship by crushing Northwest Christian 49-40 Saturday night at Lacey. It was the 18th straight win for the Lady Seagulls of head coach Jon Schray.
Raymond received a stiff challenge from the stubborn Lady Navigators, who are usually a stiff opponent in their own gym.
“They came out strong on defense,” Schray told the Herald. “We had to make some adjustments and get our focus back in order to maintain the lead. Northwest Christian really played well, and we now have some new areas of focus to make us better for the playoffs.”
Raymond led just 6-5 after a low scoring first quarter and was up 19-15 at halftime. The Lady Gulls led 29-23 heading into the fourth frame and then outscored NC 20-17 in the final eight minutes.
“They came out pressuring us really hard and we had to adjust and deal with it,” Schray said. “It came down to our free throw shooting that saved us.”
Raymond ended up going 16 of 26 at the foul line compared to 11 of 12 for Christian.
Abby Maneman (15 pts) was 10 of 11 at the line for RHS. Maneman also took down 13 rebounds.
Ayisha Garcia scored 16 and grabbed nine boards, Hailee Williams scored nine points and Courtney Hagain made five steals and gave out five assists for RHS.
Raymond (18-1, 11-0) has the opportunity to finish the Pacific League season with an undefeated record at home Wednesday night against rival Willapa Valley (12-7, 8-3). The Lady Vikes (13-6 and 9-2) entered Tuesday night’s final league game in second place. The second-place team receives a first round bye at the District 4 tournament, which opens Feb. 6 in Montesano and Rochester. Raymond opens district action Feb. 9.
“I am very happy with the way our season has gone so far, but we will not be satisfied with our regular season run until we beat the Vikings here on Wednesday,” Schray told the Herald. “I know they will be ready for us…I love rivalry games.”
Maneman Scores 1,000th Point
Maneman scored her 1,000th career point and Raymond won for the 17th straight time after burying Naselle 49-11 Thursday night at Seagull gym. Maneman, a senior, is only the 12th player to score 1,000 points in RHS girls’ basketball.
“Abby scoring 1,000 (points) was a great personal achievement for her,” Coach Schray told the Herald. “As I have heard her Dad tell me, in sixth grade she looked up at the record board outside of the gym and said that she would one day be on that board. She is a very driven and gifted athlete, but she also maintains a certain amount of humility that belies her age.”
Maneman finished the night with 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.
Garcia scored 13 points and had five rebounds and Hagain scored six points.
The Lady Seagulls held the Comettes to two points in the first half. Raymond led 18-0 after one quarter and 28-2 at intermission. The Lady Gulls shot 40 percent from the floor on 19 of 47. Raymond’s defense held NHS to 10 percent shooting (4 of 40).
The Gulls committed only 10 turnovers.
“We were a little slow to get started on offense, but our defense was just in the right spot on this one frustrating their guards and stagnating their offense,” Schray said.
Raymond 68, Tenino 13
The Maneman led Lady Seagulls torpedoed Tenino 68-13 on the road last Monday night (Jan. 21). Maneman single-handedly outscored Tenino with 20 points.
“The Beavers did a much better job handling our press this time around, but our size and experience won out,” Schray said.
Shylo Boyes banged in 11 points and Garcia chalked up 10.
Raymond shot 55 percent from the floor on 26 of 47. The Lady Gulls held the Lady Beavers to 29 percent shooting (5 of 21).
Raymond led 19-4 after one quarter and held THS scoreless in the third panel. Tenino is 0-14 on the season.