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Boys basketball: Big third quarter sends Kelso to 65-52 win over Prairie

The Columbian
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Ethan Mitchell scored 21 points as the Kelso boys basketball team came out hot in the second half and pulled away for a 65-52 win over Prairie in the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League opener for both teams on Friday.

Prairie led 28-25 at halftime, but the Hilanders outscored the Falcons 18-7 in the third quarter to go up 43-35.

“They came out and threw a counterpunch at us in the second half, and we didn’t match that,” Prairie coach Jimmy Tuominen said. “They got some offensive rebounds in the third quarter that really hurt us. We were down a couple of kids tonight, and then we got into foul trouble.”

Payton Stewart added 12 points for Kelso (1-0, 1-0 3A GSHL).

Bailey Kousonsavath led Prairie (0-2, 0-1) with 15 points. Alex Juhl had 14 and Brendan Carter added 13.

Prairie hosts Mountain View on Tuesday in another league matchup. Kelso hosts Tumwater in a non-league game on Monday.

SKYVIEW 58, COLUMBIA RIVER 42 — Demaree Collins scored 16 points, and Malakai Weimer added 11 points and nine rebounds as Skyview jumped out to a 25-9 lead and didn’t look back.

Gavin Packer added 11 points for the Storm (1-0).

Hezekiah Ponder led Columbia River (0-3) with 12 points.

Skyview hosts King’s Way Christian on Monday, while Columbia River opens 2A Greater St. Helens League play at home Wednesday against Woodland.

LA CENTER 72, MONTESANO 27 — Boston Walker had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Wildcats rolled to their first win of the season.

Colby Hylton added 15 points and five steals, and Austin Nixon had 10 points and five steals.

La Center plays at Woodland on Thursday.

EVERGREEN 75, BATTLE GROUND 74, 2OT — Quincy Caston scored 13 points to lead four Plainsmen in double figures as Evergreen escaped with a double-overtime road win.

Lenny Fierro scoreds 12 points and Shawn Jack and Dez Daniel added 11 each for Evergreen.

Battle Ground’s Tait Spencer scored a game-high 29 points, but he fouled out in the fourth quarter. Trey Spencer added 18 points.

HERITAGE 56, CENTRALIA 34 — Vernon Onick scored 21 points as Heritage took control with a 13-2 advantage in the second quarter.

Onick scored seven points and Jose Zacarias added two 3-pointers in the second quarter as Heritage turned a 10-8 deficit into a 21-12 halftime lead.

Zacarias and Jairus Brown scored 10 points each for Heritage (3-0).

LAKE CITY (ID) 61, UNION 39 — Lake City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, used a big third quarter to pull away from Union at Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane.

Lake City, the top-ranked team in Idaho, used a 25-8 advantage to open up a game Union trailed 22-20 at halftime.

Yanni Fassillis led the Titan (1-1) with 14 points. Kody Holcomb added 12.

WOODLAND 74, KALAMA 22 — Beau Swett scored 20 points, and Justin Philpot and Dane Huddleston added 14 each to lead the Beavers.

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  • Mark Morris 61, Mountlake Terrace 58
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