Basketball: Port Townsend girls top Chimacum 39-35; Chimacum boys best PT 58-56

By Leader Staff
Posted 1/29/16

The largest crowd to attend a Chimacum High School basketball game in at least five years saw a pair of entertaining contests Friday night.

In the varsity opener, Port Townsend’s girls got out …

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Basketball: Port Townsend girls top Chimacum 39-35; Chimacum boys best PT 58-56

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The largest crowd to attend a Chimacum High School basketball game in at least five years saw a pair of entertaining contests Friday night.

In the varsity opener, Port Townsend’s girls got out front of Chimacum and held off a late rally for a 39-35 Olympic League victory.

In the boys’ game, Chimacum had leads of 12 points in both the first and second half, lost the lead briefly in the fourth quarter, then rallied to win 58-56.

Each team has three more league games remaining, with the top three of four teams making the playoffs.

Chimacum’s boys (3-2 league) plays at Klahowya (0-5) on Tuesday, host Coupeville (3-3) on Thursday for Senior Night, and conclude the regular season, 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Port Townsend (5-1).

“It was a great game,” said CHS coach Jim Eldridge. “The sportsmanship was really high. There could be a lot riding on Saturday’s game for both teams.”

The teams meet for a third time this season at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, with the winner claiming the Widge Black Memorial traveling trophy.

The PT girls (3-3 league) finish with three home games: Tuesday vs. Coupeville (6-0), Thursday with Klahowya (2-4), and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. vs. Chimacum (1-5). Townsend won this season’s Janelle Perillo Memorial traveling trophy with the second win against Chimacum.


GIRLS' KEEP IT CLOSE

The first quarter ended in a 9-9 tie, and PT began to pull away in the second quarter for a 17-13 halftime lead. Townsend built an 8-point lead, which Chimacum narrowed to 37-35 with 15 seconds left. Both teams missed free throws down the stretch, and PT swished a jumper in the final seconds for the 39-35 final.

“It was a good, competitive game,” said CHS coach Trevor Huntingford. “Everybody was scrapping for the ball. The game was a classic, right down to the wire.”

Townsend could have put the game away earlier, but made only 3 of 19 free throws.

Frosh Jasmani Apker-Montoya hit a game-high 19 points while Kassie Olin and Kaitlyn Meek scored 5 apiece. Shanya Nisbet led Chimacum with 10 and Mechelle Nisbet scored9 and Nicole Cerna 8.


BOYS' GAME GOES TO THE WIRE

Chimacum’s boys started strong toward a 20-9 lead. The Cowboys led by as many as 12 and as few as 4 before finishing the first half on top 32-23.

Three-point shooting by Detrius Kelsall, Jacob Ralls and Seren Dances kept PT within striking range. A pair of free throws by Ralls tied the score 41-41 with 6:26 remaining, Matt Koenig answered with a trey to put Chimacum back on top. PT’s first and only lead came at 51-49 when Kaiden Parcher dropped a pair of free throws with 2:33 remaining. Quinn Dowling’s pair of charity shots tied the score for Chimacum with 2 minutes to play. Koenig, who led CHS with a game-high 22 points, put the Cowboys up with a layup and James Porter drained a pair of free throws for a 55-51 advantage with 36 seconds remaining. After a Berkley Hill bucket drew PT to within 56-53 with 10 seconds left, Koenig nailed two free throws to make it 58-53. Jacob Ralls hit a PT trey for PT just before the buzzer.

Detrius Kelsall led PT with 20 points, while Ralls and Seren Dances each scored 10. Koenig paced Chimacum with 22, followed by Chris Bainbridge with 13 and Porter with 6.

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