The Mountain View boys basketball team sits atop the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League standings. But that climb hasn’t been easy.
Take Tuesday for example. The Thunder held off Prairie 54-53 at home to improve to 6-0 in league play and 10-3 overall.
Mountain View led 54-48 with two minutes to play. But Prairie (4-11, 1-5) rallied and pulled within 54-53 on Brendan Carter’s basket with 1:08 to play.
Bailey Kousonsavath led all scorers with 23 points and had a shot to win the game in the final seconds. But his contested 3-point attempt was off.
Jacob Martin scored 15 points to lead a balanced Mountain View scoring attack. Tre Hughes-Farmer had 14 points, Isaiah Vargas added 12 points and Ledarius Washington scored 10 points.
COLUMBIA RIVER 65, FORT VANCOUVER 45 — Carter Sheron and Adam Reeder each scored 15 points as the Rapids rolled to a 2A GSHL road win.
Columbia River (5-9, 5-5) scored 27 points in the second quarter to lead 40-21 at halftime. Hezekiah Ponder scored eight of his 12 points in that quarter.
Kaeleb Cvitkovich scored 12 points to lead Fort Vancouver (0-15, 0-10).
HUDSON’S BAY 68, HOCKINSON 62 — Raphael Bauman scored 21 points, Anthony Garces-Armstrong added 20 points and the Eagles earned a 2A GSHL win on the road.
Bauman helped Hudson’s Bay ice the game at the foul line, going 7 for 9 in the fourth quarter. The Eagles (3-11, 3-7) made 14 of 20 free throws in the final quarter.
Igor Povazhniuk and Grant Gumringer each scored 12 points to lead Hockinson (4-9, 2-8).
MARK MORRIS 61, RIDGEFIELD 60 — Braydon Olson scored a game-high 24 points and Kobe Parlin added 15 as the Monarchs won the 2A GSHL game at Ridgefield.
League-leading Mark Morris (13-1, 10-0 2A GSHL) held Ridgefield to 20 points in the second half. The Spudders (7-7, 6-4) opened the game with a 20-point first quarter to lead 20-13.
The Monarchs, which trailed 31-27at the half, used a 23-8 third quarter to pull away.
Colton Castro led the Spudders with 14 points, Cole Chester had 12 and Sid Bryant 10.
CAMAS 72, EVERGREEN 58 — Theo McMillan scored 29 points, including 15 points in the first quarter, as the Papermakers earned a non-league home win.
Jamison Carlisle scored 17 points and Beckett Currie added 16 points for Camas (11-4).
Landon Rayner scored 13 points to lead Evergreen (6-10). The Plainsmen trailed 37-35 at halftime before being outscored 21-12 in the third quarter.
BATTLE GROUND 77, HERITAGE 73 — Tait Spencer scored 38 points and the Tigers held off a late Heritage surge for a non-league home win.
Spencer entered the game as the area’s leading scorer, averaging 37.0 points. He hit four 3-pointers, the last of which helped seal the win.
Heritage (6-9) trailed 58-45 after three quarters but surged in the fourth with 28 points.
Michael Houston scored 14 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Jarius Brown also had 14 points as five Timberwolves scored in double figures.
Ty Robertson added 17 points for Battle Ground (10-3).
PRAIRIE 35, MOUNTAIN VIEW 30 — Prairie was able to hold off Mountain View’s second half charge by making key free throws down the stretch for the 3A GSHL win.
Both teams made the same number of field goals (12) and 3-pointers (4), but the Falcons made seven more free throws.
Nina Peterson of Mountain View (6-10, 0-6 3A GSHL) was the only player in double figures with 10 points.
Maddie Clouse led Prairie (8-6, 5-1) in scoring with eight points.
HERITAGE 44, BATTLE GROUND 24 — Keanna Salavea scored 20 points and the Timberwolves rode a strong defensive effort to a non-league home win.
One day after collecting a triple-double and scoring 35 points against Stevenson, Salavea scored nine of her team’s 14 points in the first quarter. Heritage (10-5) led 26-12 at halftime.
UNION 71, KELSO 38 — Brooklynn Haywood scored a game-high 25 points with five 3-pointers as the Titans rolled to the non-league win at Kelso.
Carli Christensen added 11 points for Union (9-5), which made 14 3’s in the game.
Kelso (6-8) was led in scoring by Bregan Ruhland’s 11 points.
SETON CATHOLIC 57, STEVENSON 43 — Anna Mooney scored 16 points as the Cougars remained unbeaten in the Trico League with a home win.
Kasey Clifton had a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) for Seton Catholic (14-1, 5-0). Hannah Jo Hammerstrom and Remy Jenniges each added 11 points.
Aria Obias and Dani Wallace each scored 15 points for Stevenson (5-9, 1-4).
KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 42, COLUMBIA-WHITE SALMON 36 — Bridget Quinn scored 16 points and Ella Zimmerman had 13 as the Knights picked up the 1A Trico League win at White Salmon.
Quinn also had seven rebounds and four steals, and Izzy Hill had seven points and nine rebounds for the Knights (6-7, 4-1 Trico).
Columbia’s Sydney Aman led the Bruins (7-5, 2-2) with 16 points.
LA CENTER 58, CASTLE ROCK 21 — Shaela Bradley had a unique double-double with 16 points and 11 steals as the Wildcats won convincingly at Castle Rock.
Gianna D’Emilio also had 16 points plus eight rebounds, four assists and four steals for La Center (4-10, 2-3 Trico).
Mekenzie Schockelt had 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.