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Basketball roundup: Daniel leads Evergreen past Prairie to set up showdown with Kelso

By Columbian staff
Published: February 1, 2024, 10:34pm

Dez Daniel scored 24 points and short-handed Evergreen held on for a 58-56 win over Prairie on Thursday.

Evergreen’s home win sets up a showdown for the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League title Monday at Kelso.

Playing without its second-leading scorer Arthur Ban, Evergreen (12-6, 6-1) still started fast. Daniel scored eight points in the second quarter as the Plainsmen led 29-14 at halftime.

Carson Morningstar led a resurgent Prairie in the second half, scoring 15 of his team-high 19 points.

The Falcons pulled within three points in the fourth quarter, but Evergreen held on in part thanks to shooting 8 for 14 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

Prairie (9-9, 4-4) has clinched the last of the 3A GSHL’s three berths to the bi-district tournament.

SKYVIEW 79, BATTLE GROUND 39 — Ryan Hanson scored a career-high 23 points as the fast-starting Storm earned a 4A GSHL home win.

Skyview led 24-6 affter the first quarter. Battle Ground pulled within 26-14 but that was the closest the Tigers got.

Five Skyview players scored in double-figures. Jaxson Filler had 13 points, Demaree Collins and Gavin Perdue each added 12 points and Landon Webb scored 10 points.

Skyview (11-7, 4-1 GSHL) made 11 3-pointers and had 19 assists on 30 field goals. Webb, Malakai Weimer and Gavin Packer each had five assists.

Since Jan. 2, Skyview is 7-1 and sits atop the 4A GSHL one-half game ahead of Camas.

Austin Ralphs scored 11 points for Battle Ground (7-11, 1-4).

MARK MORRIS 79, R.A. LONG 55 — Dalton Stevens scored 22 points as the Monarchs used a fast start to wrap up at least a share of the 2A GSHL title.

Mark Morris had an early 17-0 run and led 25-10 after the first quarter.

After trailing by as many as 23 points, R.A. Long pulled within 58-49 early in the fourth quarter. But the Monarchs responded with a 10-0 run that included a flagrant foul that sent Stevens to the line.

Mark Morris (15-5, 14-1) can wrap up the league title outright Saturday when it hosts second-place Columbia River.

R.A. Long (14-6, 10-6) sits in fourth place having concluded its league season.

RIDGEFIELD 65, WOODLAND 54 — Cole Chester scored 20 points to lead four Spudders in double figures as Ridgefield topped visiting Woodland to stay in third place in the 2A GSHL.

Jack Hughes had 14 points, and Colten Castro and Jamison McCann each had 12 for Ridgefield (13-6, 11-4).

Woodland’s Sam Jeschke led all scorers with 25 points, and Lucas Logan had 16 in the Beavers’ season finale.

LA CENTER 103, CASTLE ROCK 76 — Anthony Larkin scored 30 points and Austin Nixon had 29 as the two seniors poured it on for Senior Night as the Wildcats pulled into a second-place tie in the 1A Trico League with one game to play.

Nixon also had 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Larkin added seven rebounds. Logan Rainey had 10 points and five assists for the Wildcats (8-11, 6-3).

Castle Rock’s Owen Langdon led all scorers with 40 points, and Trevor Rogen had 10.

Girls basketball

SKYVIEW 68, BATTLE GROUND 24 — Elan Estes scored 15 points as the Storm rolled to a 4A GSHL road win to clinch a postseason berth.

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Lainey Phillips had 14 points and eight rebounds as Skyview improved to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in league play. That at least clinches the third of the GSHL’s three berths to the bi-district tournament.

Skyview led 25-11 after the first quarter and 48-17 at halftime. The Storm controlled the glass with TaRyan Hamstreet grabbing 10 rebounds and Brynnlee Williams collecting nine rebounds, including six offensive rebounds.

Marissa Loveall scored eight points to lead Battle Ground (3-16, 0-5).

EVERGREEN 64, PRAIRIE 57 — Kimora Ross scored 21 points and made seven free throws in the fourth quarter as the Plainsmen held on for a 3A GSHL road win.

Ross had 11 of Evergreen’s 22 points in the fourth quarter. She finished 9 for 12 from the foul line.

Maya Calhoun added 12 points as Evergreen pulled into a first-place tie with Mountain View. The Plainsmen (9-9, 5-2 3A GSHL) conclude the regular season Monday against Kelso, which could also be 5-2 if it beats Heritage on Friday.

Claire Smith scored 17 points to lead Prairie (7-9, 3-5).