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Prep roundup: Big fourth lifts Skyview boys over Battle Ground despite 43 from Tait Spencer

By Columbian staff
Published: December 14, 2021, 11:08pm

Skyview used a strong fourth quarter to overcome a 43-point game from Battle Ground’s Tait Spencer to beat the Tigers 77-69 in a 4A Greater St. Helens League game at Skyview.

Colton Looney had 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Robert Rean had nine of his 13 in the final period as the Storm outscored the Tigers 27-12.

With Spencer scoring 18 of the Tigers’ 23 third-quarter points, Battle Ground led 57-50 heading into the fourth quarter.

“Tait Spencer was unbelievable,” Skyview coach Matt Gruhler said. “It was as impressive of a performance that I have seen in a while. It felt like everything he shot was going in, especially in the third. Credit to our player for stepping up in the fourth quarter.”

Demaree Collins added 15 points for the Storm.

Girls basketball

SKYVIEW 58, BATTLE GROUND 4 — Rowyn Riley scored 22 points, Skylar Groesbeck had 16, and Kiki Parks made 11 steals in the 4A Greater St. Helens League game at Battle Ground.

BEAVERTON (Ore.) 48, CAMAS 40 — The Papermakers’ defense could not fend off Beaverton down the stretch as the Beavers rallied to win.

Beaverton, ranked No. 2 in Oregon 6A, trailed the Papermakers most of the game, but outscored Camas 19-6 in the final quarter.

Free throws proved pivotal. Beaverton hit on 14 of 17 from the line, including 9 of 9 in the fourth quarter. Camas went 4 for 11.

“Free throw shooting continues to plague us,” Camas coach Scott Thompson said.

Riley Sanz led the Papermakers with 11 points.

COLUMBIA RIVER 38, MARK MORRIS 35 — Columbia River got baskets from five different players in the pivotal fourth quarter to pull out a 2A Greater St. Helens League win.

Caitlynn McKay hit a 3-pointer and Layla Baker, Teagen Benke, Emma Iniguez and Peyton Dukes all hit 2-pointers in the fourth as the Rapids rallied from a 31-26 deficit.

Benke led the Rapids’ balanced attack with 11 points. Emma Fisher and Isabella Merzoian had 13 each for the Monarchs.

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WOODLAND 63, FORT VANCOUVER 25 — Kenzi Bunger led four Woodland players in double figures with 14 points as the Beavers posted a 2A GSHL win.

Abbie Huston scored 11, and Sydney George and Riley Stading had 10 each for Woodland. Trian Clark led Fort with 8 points.

KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 47, ELMA 23 — Laurel Quinn had a big game with 29 points and seven rebounds to lead the Knights to a non-league home win.

LA CENTER 60, EATONVILLE 39 — Kylee Stephens scored a career-high 30 points, including 16 of La Center’s 19 fourth-quarter points as the Wildcats sealed a road win.

Gianna D’Emilio scored nine of her 17 points in the third quarter as the Wildcats expanded their 20-17 halftime lead to 41-24. D’Emilio also added 10 steals.

TENINO 67, SETON CATHOLIC 33 — Maddie Willis scored nine points to lead the Cougarsin a non-league road loss.