GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL
Ocosta 55, Life Christian 23
Two Ocosta player flirted with triple-doubles as the Wildcats cruised to a 55-23 victory over Life Christian Academy on Tuesday in Tacoma.
Kjirstin Hopfer scored a game-high 25 points with nine rebounds and seven steals to lead the Wildcats (4-1 overall, 4-0 Pacific 2B).
Teammate Kaylee Barnum also had an impressive game, scoring 17 points to go along with 12 steals and eight assists.
Ocosta used a suffocating defense to hold Life Christian to seven points in the first half.
“We wanted to come out and have good, full-court pressure,” Ocosta head coach Jason Barnum said before turning his attention to his team’s offense. “We wanted to be disciplined on offense and shoot well, We kind of did that. We ran the offense pretty well and got some open shots. It ended up being a pretty good game.”
The Wildcats will host unbeaten Willapa Valley at 7 :30 p.m. on Saturday in an important 2B Pacific League matchup.
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
Life Christian 74, Ocosta 61
The Ocosta Wildcats (3-3 overall, 3-2 Pacific 2B) lost to Life Christian Academy 74-61 on Tuesday in Tacoma.
The Wildcats will play at Willapa Valley at 7 p.m. on Friday.
No further information was provided for this game at the time of this writing.
Ocosta 51, North Beach 38
Ocosta got 15 points from Cole Hatton and some significant contributions from Kobe Rudolph off the bench en route to a 51-38 win over the North Beach Hyaks on Saturday in North Beach.
“Points were pretty hard to come by tonight,” Ocosta head coach Jason Quimby said. “It was a mixture of good defense combined with bad offense.”
Ocosta allowed just five points in the opening quarter and led by seven points after the first frame.
The roles reversed in the second quarter, with the Hyaks (1-3 overall, Pacific 2B) outscoring the Wildcats 12-6 to trail 18-17 at the half.
Ocosta (3-2, 3-1) led 32-31 late in the fourth quarter when Rudolph, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard, came off the bench and sparked the Wildcats offense, scoring six straight points for the Wildcats on two clutch 3-pointers. He finished with nine points on three 3-point shots, all in the second half.
Paul Bjornsgard led Ocosta with 15 rebounds.
Despite his team’s struggles, Quimby was more than happy to get out of North Beach with another league win under his belt.
“It was one of those typical Saturday games where maybe some of the kids slept in a little bit and didn’t have their legs under them,” he said. “But to come out with a win, especially on the road in a rivalry game, we’ll take it.”