Maddie Coffey’s dad taught her a lot about basketball as a coach for her recreation-level team as she was growing up. One of his main points focused on her game as a post player.
“Power up and go,” said Coffey, a 5-foot-8 junior forward for the Quilcene High School Rangers. “Be strong with the ball.”
Coffey converted four old-fashioned 3-point plays and finished with 18 points, including 6-for-7 from the free-throw line Jan. 30, as Quilcene beat visiting Christian Faith 37-18.
The Rangers (7-14) were set to play Northwest Yeshiva after press time Feb. 5 for a chance to secure one of six 1B SeaTac League seeds to the tri-district girls tournament. If Quilcene won, it would play Feb. 6 to determine the fifth and six spots.
The tri-district tournament begins Feb. 9.
Coffey’s prowess underneath the basket propelled the Rangers last week. She was fouled on three made baskets in the first half. Her only miss from the line came in the fourth quarter on what could have been a fifth 3-point play.
“We’ve been working a lot on our post moves,” said Coffey, referring also to McKenzie Kieffer, the lone Quilcene senior who was honored prior to the game. “It’s becoming key, and it’s really great for postseason.”
The Rangers used an 11-0 run to begin the second quarter to race to a 24-8 lead over the Eagles (2-17). Contributions came from throughout the lineup as eighth-grader Savannah McBride sank two free throws, freshman Natalie Coffey scored on a fast break, and Maddie Coffey powered through a foul after an offensive rebound and converted from the line. Sophomore forward Allie Stanciel followed with a basket in the paint, and sophomore forward Aleina Mitchell tallied both double-bonus attempts from the line with 2:48 left in the first half.
“This game, we wanted to come out strong,” Maddie Coffey said. “Our shots were going in, and it was fun.”
Two players scored for Christian Faith of Federal Way. Freshman Viriginia Muriithi tallied 10 of her 16 points in the first half, and senior Jillian Chang made two first-quarter free throws. Quilcene limited the Eagles to six points after halftime, and just one in the fourth quarter.
“We definitely all played as a team the best we have all season,” Kieffer said. “Today’s win was a great one. It puts us on a great track toward district.”
Chimacum 63, Klahowya 21
Sophomore Mia McNair went 4-for-7 from 3-point range and finished with 25 points and 10 steals Jan. 29 as the Cowboys (12-5, 6-0) finished undefeated in Class 1A Olympic League play with a home victory against the Eagles.
McNair scored 12 points in the third quarter, when Chimacum opened up an already sizable lead. The Cowboys had a 27-9 advantage at halftime and outscored Klahowya 24-6 in the third period.
Senior guard Grace Yaley scored 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting, and senior guard Jada Trafton had six points and four steals. Senior wing Maddie Dowling contributed seven points and four rebounds.
Sophomore forward Jadeah Nordberg pulled down a team-high six rebounds, and McNair added five rebounds and five assists.
Port Townsend 45, North Mason JV 40 (OT)
Port Townsend freshman guard Savanna Hoffmann sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and junior post Izzy Hammett scored four of her game-high 18 points in the extra period Jan. 29 to give the Redhawks (5-11) a nonleague home victory against the Bulldogs.
Hoffman hit two 3s and finished with 10 points, including three in overtime, and sophomore post Gina Brown tallied eight of her 12 points in the first half.