Chimacum boys, Townsend girls win regular season basketball finales

By Patrick J. Sullivan of the Leader
Posted 2/6/16

Chimacum edged Port Townsend 43-40 Saturday night to win a second consecutive 1A Olympic League boys’ basketball title, and the Widge Black Memorial traveling trophy for having defeated their rival …

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Chimacum boys, Townsend girls win regular season basketball finales

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Chimacum edged Port Townsend 43-40 Saturday night to win a second consecutive 1A Olympic League boys’ basketball title, and the Widge Black Memorial traveling trophy for having defeated their rival in two of three games this season.

In the late game at PTHS Feb. 6, the Townsend girls rallied to defeat Chimacum 47-41.

Both PTHS teams host loser-out postseason games this week (girls on Feb. 11, boys on Feb. 13), the Chimacum boys advance directly to the district tourney starting Feb. 16 in Sumner. The Chimacum girls’ team is done for the season.

Saturday night before a standing room only crowd at Bruce Blevins Gym, Townsend only led twice: 10-8 with 6:52 left before halftime, and 35-34 with 5:30 left in the game. The score was tied four times. Otherwise, Chimacum had the edge.

Leading 38-35, senior Matt Koenig nailed a trey with 1:08 remaining. PT sophomore Detrius Kelsall was fouled taking a trey, and made two of the free throws to pull within 41-37 with 29 seconds left. Sam Golden made a field goal for Chimacum and Kelsall drained a trey from the deep corner to make it 43-40 with 9.8 seconds left.

PT almost snared a turnover when Chimacum made a bad pass that appeared to go off a Cowboy, but the referees called it Cowboy ball, and CHS ran out the clock.

“Our kids played so hard,” said CHS coach Jim Eldridge. “Port Townsend has some good young players and made some big shots. They’ll have their time coming but we took it from them this year.”

Senior James Porter led CHS with 13 points, Lane Dotson scored 10 and Matt Koenig had 8. Kelsall led PT with 16 points while senior Jacob Ralls scored 10.

BOYS’ TOURNEY

Chimacum (7-2 league, 9-11 overall) tied with PT (7-2, 9-11) in league but wins a second consecutive championship by having a 2-1 edge against the Redhawks this season.

Townsend, as the Olympic League No. 2 team, hosts a loser-out district play-in game, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 against Seattle Christian. (PT lost 55-50 to Seattle Christian during the Crush in the Slush tourney here). That game’s victor advances into the double-elimination round of the district tourney starting Feb. 16 against the Nisqually League champion, Vashon Island. The Cowboys start district play at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at Sumner High.


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Chimacum led 27-24 at halftime. PT, with only six healthy players available to start the second half, went up 30-27 on six straight points from sophomore Kaitlyn Meek. CHS frosh Maddie Dowling put her team back on top 31-30, and Chimacum led 37-30 with 55 seconds left in the period, before Meek closed with four points to pull PT to within 37-34.

Townsend outscored Chimacum 8-3 to open the fourth quarter and take a 42-40 lead. With 3:20 to play, and PT made enough shots down the stretch to secure the 47-41 victory.

Townsend (4-5 league, 7-12 overall), as the Olympic Leagues No. 3 team, hosts a loser-out district tourney play-in game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 against the Nisqually No. 4 team. That game’s winner advances to play at the No. 2 Nisqually team at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, and that game’s winner moves into the double elimination round of the district tourney starting Feb. 17 at Sumner High School.

PTHS coach Scott Wilson was pleased that his young team did not lose its composure in the fourth quarter, with the game tight and leading scorer Kaitlyn Meek in the locker room for medical treatment.

“Chimacum is a super competitive team,” Wilson said. “Everything is up for grabs when we play them. Our girls worked super hard, and it worked out.”

Kaitlyn Meek led PT with 21 points while Jaz Apker-Montoya scored 13. Shanya Nisbet paced Chimacum with 10 points and Bailey Castillo scored 8.

Chimacum (1-8, 4-16) coach Trevor Huntingford said it was “another game that could have gone either way. We did some things very well and some things we had our breakdowns, and gave up some easy shots. The girls worked hard.”

Huntingford noted that his JV team defeated Townsend, and finished overall with a winning record after three seasons of barely having enough players. “We’ve got a lot of freshman and a good group of eighth graders; there are 39 girls playing middle school basketball, so we have something to look forward to.”

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