Coach Damon Roche is looking forward to next season.
With a core group of juniors on the roster, there’s reason to look forward.
But the Hawks aren’t finished with this year yet.
Juniors Ellie Ritter, Gracie Brammer and Addie Chappelle each scored in double figures Monday as the Hockinson girls basketball team rolled past Mark Morris 65-28 to advance in the 2A Greater St. Helens League playoffs.
The Hawks will play at Washougal on Tuesday.
“I committed to this group early and we took some lumps,” Roche said. “But now it’s paying off. They’re really playing well together.”
That was evident early Monday when Brammer scored eight points and Ritter added five during a 16-0 run that put the Hawks up 16-2 in the first quarter.
Chappelle contributed nine points as Hockinson opened the second half on a 19-4 run that opened its lead to 50-19.
Ritter finished with a game-high 17 points, while Brammer and Chappelle finished with 13 points each.
The Hawks’ pressure produced 22 steals, led by Kylie Ritter’s seven. She also added nine points and seven rebounds. Brammer and Chappelle had five rebounds each.
RIDGEFIELD 60, R.A. LONG 20 — Grace Goode scored 13 points and Kelli Krsul added 12 as the Spudders took advantage of a shorthanded R.A. Long team to advance in the 2A GSHL playoffs.
Ridgefield will play at Hudson’s Bay at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the next round.
Ridgefield used a 22-7 advantage in the third quarter to take control 31-9. R.A. Long was missing three key players.
FORT VANCOUVER 96, COLUMBIA RIVER 58 — Kahlil Singleton scored 34 points, including eight 3-pointers, as the Trappers advanced in the 2A District Tournament.
Singleton scored 12 points, all on 3-pointers, in the first quarter as Fort took a 30-14 lead. He also had 11 points in the third quarter, when Fort outscored River 32-20.
Tre Cannon added 19 points for the No. 4 seed Trappers (8-5), who advance to play top-seeded Mark Morris on Tuesday in Longview.
Alden Fay scored 23 points to lead the No. 5 seed Rapids, whose season is over at 4-9.
WOODLAND 71, HOCKINSON 64 — Drew Burns scored 19 points and Beau Swett and Justin Philpot added 18 as Woodland rallied back to win a consolation game in the 2A GSHL.
“We’ve struggled with runs this year as our youth kind of creeped in at times,” Woodland coach Jesse Buck said. “We were down 14 points at one point tonight. But we came out in the second half fast, confident and loose and ended the year on a positive note.”
The Beavers used a 19-6 edge in the third quarter to surge ahead.
Garrett Pearson and Daniel Hjort led the Hawks with 22 points each.