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Prep Roundup: King’s Way girls edge La Center to stay unbeaten in Trico

Mark Morris boys top rival R.A. Long in clash of 2A GSHL powers

By Columbian staff
Published: January 11, 2023, 10:14pm

When the King’s Way Christian girls basketball team needed a big shot, both Hannah Erwin and Ella Zimmerman delivered.

Erwin and Zimmmerman each hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to push the Knights past La Center 43-35 on Wednesday.

Zimmerman finished with 15 points and Erwin with 12 points as King’s Way stayed undefeated in the Trico League with a road win.

Not much separated the teams for most of the game. King’s Way led 18-16 at halftime and 29-27 after three quarters.

Bridget Quinn added nine points for the Knights (5-6, 3-0).

Shaela Bradley scored nine points to lead La Center (3-9, 1-2). Talia Wise added eight points and eight rebounds.

La Center senior guard Gianna D’Emelio scored seven points in her first game back after missing the past month with an injury.

Girls basketball

SETON CATHOLIC 80, CASTLE ROCK 30 — Anna Mooney scored 28 points, going 5 for 6 from 3-point range, as the Cougars cruised to a Trico League road win.

Mooney also had nine rebounds and seven steals as Seton Catholic improved to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in league play. Keira Williams added 18 points and five steals.

Brookelyn Alblinger scored 15 points for Castle Rock (1-9, 0-2).

Boys basketball

MARK MORRIS 77, R.A. LONG 68 — The host Monarchs snapped a six-game losing streak to their Longview rival in a clash of teams that entered Wednesday unbeaten in 2A GSHL play.

Mark Morris, ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press 2A poll, held R.A. Long star Cavin Holden to six points in the first half. Keyed by a 14-0 run, the Monarchs (11-1, 8-0) led 37-28 at the break after a Malakai Gray buzzer-beater.

Two 3-pointers from Lonnie Brown pulled the No. 8-ranked Lumberjacks (10-3, 7-1) within 44-39 midway through the third quarter.

But Mark Morris pulled away with a 7-0 run to go up 68-55 with three minutes to play.

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The teams next face off Feb. 6 at R.A. Long in the final game of the regular season.

WASHOUGAL 57, HOCKINSON 46 — The Panthers rallied in the second half to pick up the 2A GSHL win at Hockinson.

Washougal (4-7, 3-5) narrowly trailed after the first quarter and at halftime and then began to pull away in the third. The Panthers finished off the game by holding the Hawks (4-7, 2-6) to six points in the fourth quarter.

Sam Evers led three Washougal players in double figures with 16 points. Holden Bea added 13 and Tucker Kneipp had 11.

Hockinson’s Igor Povazhniuk led all scorers with 21 points and made five 3-pointers.