ILWACO – Finals at the Battle at the Beach summer basketball tournament featured a 3A school against a 1B dynasty.

Kelso, 13-10 at the 3A level last season, edged Colton, the 1B champion 10 of the last 11 seasons, by a score of 61-55 to close out the June 14-16 tournament.

In the Ilwaco alumni game, the Class of 2018 connection was decisive as Madeline Jacobson scored on a lob from Makenzie Kaech in the closing seconds for a 44-43 victory over Zillah.

Ilwaco’s present-day team also fared well.

After losing in overtime 41-36 to Cashmere, Ilwaco came back to win an overtime contest over Adna 40-32.

With no shot clock at the tournament, Adna looked to play for the final shot in a 32-32 tie, but Estella Sheldon picked off a pass with 19 seconds to go. Sheldon missed at the other end, but Sunny Kemmer came up with a block right at the rim with four seconds left, forcing the game into overtime.

Erika Glenn fed Kylie Gray for a basket on the opening possession of the two-minute overtime, then added a steal and score on the next possession. The Fishermen outscored Adna 8-0 in the extra period.

Jaymie Kemmer and Olivia Long got significant playing time for a team looking to replace the graduated Ebby McMullen and Arianna Bell in the rotation.

Kemmer hit three three-pointers in two minutes, one while being fouled, to help Ilwaco pull away for a win over Orting.

Glenn was unstoppable in a 45-24 win over Toledo before Colton knocked off the Fishermen in semifinals 47-31.

A very young Naselle team beat Orting’s junior varsity squad before losing to Cashmere and Columbia.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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