RAYMOND — Eliza Bannister buried four of seven three-point attempts, helping Ilwaco to a 66-21 win in Raymond Thursday, Dec. 14. Bannister, Erika Glenn and Makenzie Kaech all had at least five assists to fuel a lively offensive performance.
Ilwaco (6-0, 5-0 in league play) quickly put away Raymond (1-5, 1-3), which tied them for the Pacific League title last year and was runner-up the year before but has a less formidable roster this season. Ilwaco led 23-0 just four and a half minutes in, using slick passing to generate quick baskets while scoring six times on steals in that dominant opening stretch.
Ilwaco’s reserves saw significant time. The Fishermen were without the injured Ebby McMullen and Chandelle Thomas. And with the big first-quarter lead, Ilwaco quickly deployed some mostly-bench lineups. Estella Sheldon scored six points on three-for-three shooting off the bench.
The Fishermen got passes to the key over, around and through Raymond’s 2-3 zone. Jacobson jumped to catch a pass over the defense and banked in an easy shot in the early minutes, and followed on the next possession by finding a cutting Makenzie Kaech. Erika Glenn pinpointed a cross-court pass all the way around the zone to Kaech for a 32-5 lead, one of her seven assists, then followed with a pull-up from the baseline on the next possession.
Bannister hit three of her three-pointers in a stretch of about seven minutes in the second and third quarters and finished with 18 points, five assists and three steals, Jacobson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Glenn had 11 points, seven assists and four steals, and Kaech had eight points, five assists and four steals.
ILWACO — Makenzie Kaech and Eliza Bannister combined for 50 points, all but two in the first three quarters, as Ilwaco beat Ocosta 75-34 at home Monday.
Ocosta, with freshman Kjirstin Hopfer boosting an already solid roster, came into the game 5-0, winning by an average of 32.6 points. The Wildcats appeared unintimidated and made Ilwaco compete. They got off some good shots in the early going, but Madeline Jacobson blocked three of them. And Bannister was a step ahead of everyone from the start, with nine of Ilwaco’s first 13 points and four first-quarter steals. Erika Glenn drove around three defenders for a bucket, helping Ilwaco close the first quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 26-9. Kaech scored 11 in the quarter.
Two three-pointers by Kaech and one by Bannister helped Ilwaco win the second quarter 17-11. The Fishermen truly pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 26-4.
Bannister hit five of eleven three-pointers, with six steals and five assists.
Trailing after the first quarter, Ilwaco outscored Life Christian 30-12 in the second quarter on its way to an 81-46 blowout in Tacoma Friday, Dec. 15. Madeline Jacobson had 16 points and six blocks, Eliza Bannister had 16 points and eight steals, and Makenzie Kaech scored 12 points.
Ilwaco ended the week 7-0, 6-0 in league play. It ranks first in the state Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the WIAA’s formula, based on record and strength of schedule, that is used in post-season seeding. La Conner and Brewster are second and third. Defending champ Davenport lurks in eighth, with a close loss to elite 1A Medical Lake but a 13-point win over St. George’s (11th).
The Lady Fishermen will play at Montesano (6-1) Friday, Dec. 22, at 5:30 p.m.