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ESN Reports Boys Hoops: Bears wear down Wolves stay perfect in Narrows 4A

1/7/16 Olympia 76, South Kitsap 67 (Olympia, WA) The South Kitsap Wolves came into the game searching for their first league win after dropping their 1st 3 Narrows 4A contests including a controversial loss at Yelm where the winning shot at the buzzer was waived off by an official. The Bears came in perched atop the league standings at 3-0 and were looking to extend that streak as we begin the heart of league play. SK felt the pressure and came out firing taking an early lead on the Bears as Eric Wattree hit from inside, outside and the free throw line on his way to 19 1st half points. The Bears would battle back after falling behind in the 1st quarter and would take their 1st lead about midway through the quarter as their scoring was well spread out with David Woodward scoring all of his 7 points in the 1st half. Woodward was questionable coming into the game due to illness and in fact his 1st half would be all he could do as he sat out the entire 2nd half. The two teams would trade leads and battle back and forth to the break with the Bears holding a 37-34 advantage. As the 3rd quarter began the Bears began to wear down the Wolves extending their lead as the game went on. Eddie Beusch remained hot...

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ESN Reports Girls Hoops: Lady Falcons 1st Quarter Outburst tames Tigers

1/5/15 Prairie 70, Centralia 57 (Centralia, WA) There is no doubt when you look at the Prairie Falcons girls basketball resume it is impressive with trip after trip to the Tacoma Dome with 6 State Titles. The Centralia Tigers are looking to find their way to State for the 1st time since 2004, yet both came into this game with identical 7-3 records. The Falcons exploded in the 1st quarter scoring 5 straight 3-point shots, 3 by Grace Prom and 2 from Macey Hsu and the Falcons took a 15-5 lead. the two teams would finish the quarter even each scoring 5 points and Prairie led the Tigers 20-10 and the damage was done. In the 2nd quarter the Falcons would extend their lead at one point to 20 as Natalie Whitesel started to hit from the inside as the Tigers extended their defense to try and slow down the hot outside shooting. Centralia began to slowly work back into the game. Madi Crews would lead the charge with 13 1st half points including 3 from behind the arc. Ellie Corwin  would counter with 7 from the inside and Centralia would pull back to within 13 at the break trailing 36-23. In the 2nd half the pattern would remain the same the Falcons would pull away and the Tigers would make a run and in the end that 13...

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ESN Reports Boys Hoops: Black Hills rolls over Eastmont

1/3/15 Black Hills 72, Eastmont 61 (Tumwater, WA) The Black Hills Wolves were looking for their offense to finally break loose especially after scoring a total of 26 points against Woodland on Wednesday, by the way, they won that game 26-23. The Wolves had been rather consistent offensively other than the last blip scoring a minimum of 50 but never topping 65 in their 7 other games coming into this non-league game against 4A Eastmont. The Wildcats on the other hand travelled from Wenatchee after playing Friday night at home. The 1-day trip was a long day for the Wildcats traversing the icy and snowy passes and no doubt rolled in early Sunday morning. As the game began the Wolves scoring ace TJ Mickelson got off to a good start but he would blow up in the 2nd half, while getting some help from Noah Brewer who knocked in 7 of his 13. Black Hills took a 19-14 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and then quickly extended that lead to 7 and held a 6-8 point lead for most of the quarter until the Wildcats started to heat up. Brandon Porter would get 6, JR Alvarez added 5 while Alex Guerra, Zach Lathan and Javier Calvillo all had 4 as they closed the gap trailing 30-27 at the break. Black Hills would come out in the 2nd...

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