MENLO — Trailing by 28 with under 10 minutes to play, Ilwaco outscored Willapa Valley 33-10 the rest of the way, fueling its run with a press and scorching hot three-point shooting. But the Vikings, who got 36 points from freshman sensation Logan Walker and out-rebounded Ilwaco 50-21, hung on to a 68-63 win Saturday, Dec. 9.

Walker, a 6’1” guard, outscored Ilwaco in the first quarter with 14 points, including three three-pointers and a three-point play on a pull-up jumper, carrying the Vikings to a 22-13 lead. Reese Tynkila had 10 second-quarter points for Ilwaco, but Valley was holding everyone else to long jumpers that weren’t going down and led 41-26 at halftime.

Walker opened the second half with another three-pointer, followed with an attack on the basket for a three-point play, then buried his sixth triple of the game with five minutes to go in the third to make it 50-28. On his next basket, Walker made one of his few mistakes; his foot was on the three-point line, so he had to settle for a long two. He quickly made up for his transgression, taking off on a Matt Pearson steal, coming open in the corner and knocking down the fast-break three-pointer for a seemingly insurmountable 58-30 lead.

Tenyson Ramsey followed at the other end by making a tough, contested fadeaway, starting a personal hot streak that seemed completely innocuous at the time. Ramsey had an early fourth-quarter putback, then juked the ball away after the inbound pass and hit a layup. Ilwaco had a little 7-0 run going, with Ramsey scoring six of the points.

Parker Kaech chipped away further with a three-point play on an offensive rebound, cutting the margin to 58-40 with 5:54 left. At the other end, a Valley shot bounced off the rim, trickling all the way out to Walker waiting behind the three-point line. Walker, inevitably, hit the shot, breaking Ilwaco’s 11-0 run and boosting the lead to 61-41. But Daniel Whiting answered with a gliding layup.

Ilwaco started bringing a full-court press, which rattled the Vikings severely. Even when they got the ball well past half-court, they continued throwing frantic passes or panicked into traveling violations rather than relaxing and running down the clock. Whiting’s three-pointer with 2:40 remaining cut the lead to 11.

Valley followed with a pair of turnovers and a missed front-end of a one-and-one from the line. With 1:50 left, Alex Kaino finally broke the single-digit barrier with a baseline drive. A Ryon Ashley putback restored Valley’s lead to double digits, but Tynkila responded with a three-pointer, making it 65-57 with 1:18 left.

Peter Hamilton split two free throws for Valley with 43 seconds. Ramsey followed eight seconds later with a three, cutting the lead to six. Walker then missed one of two free throws, though his make restored the lead to three possessions at 67-60 with just 28 seconds remaining. Whiting missed on a baseline drive, but after another one-of-two free throw line trip for Valley, Tynkila buried a heavily contested, fade-away three, cutting it to 68-63 with 11.4 remaining.

Ilwaco fouled right away, and Ashley missed two free throws, giving Valley five missed free throws in the final minute. The rebound trickled out of bounds, though, taking four seconds off the clock, leaving Ilwaco only six seconds. The Fishermen couldn’t get off a good look and Valley escaped with the five-point win.

Walker hit eight of 12 three-point attempts. Ramsey led Ilwaco with 18 points on eight of 13 shooting and had three steals. Tynkila had 17 points. John Glenn had 10 points and four assists.

ILWACO — Dale Takalo scored 31 points to lead Knappa to a 56-48 win over Ilwaco Thursday, Dec. 7. Takalo, a 6’3” power forward, showed off an array of moves in the post, and the Fishermen found few answers. He got to the line all day and sank 15 of 16 free throws.

Takalo’s 12 first-quarter points helped Knappa to a 21-11 lead, but the Loggers scored just six points in the second quarter and eight in the third as Ilwaco got back in it and stayed close most of the way. As late as the 2:53 mark in the fourth quarter, the Fishermen were within three at 44-41 following Daniel Whiting’s fadeaway jump shot. Takalo answered with a basket and hit five of six free throws the rest of the way.

Reese Tynkila led Ilwaco with 14 points. Alex Kaino added nine points, all in the second half. For Knappa Timber Engblom had 13 to support Takalo’s 31-point effort.

Chief Leschi beat Ilwaco 70-57 at home on Dec. 5. Chistopher Whitford scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half for the Warriors, Donnelle Irvin scored 19 and Kahealani Baker added 15. For Ilwaco Reese Tynkila led the way with 17 points, John Glenn added 11, and Alex Kaino scored all 11 of his points in the first half. Leschi was 3-1 in league play at week’s end.

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