Grace Teams Advance To District 5-A Semifinals

Tournament Continues Monday At CSAS

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - by Jaime Barrett

Both Grace Academy basketball coaches were happy to see their teams survive the District 5-A tournament play-in games Saturday night at Grace.

But Les Compton and Jon Mattheiss are equally aware that they'll need to see much better performances on Monday, when their fourth-seeded squads must face the top-seeded boys and girls teams in the 5-A semifinals at Arts & Sciences.

The Lady Golden Eagles opened play with a 55-42 win over No. 5 Copper Basin, and the Grace boys followed by defeating No. 5 Silverdale Baptist 61-43. The Grace girls will face No. 1 Silverdale on Monday at 6 p.m., and the Grace boys will play top-seed Boyd-Buchanan at 7:30.

“We’ve got to make sure we take care of the ball better,” Mattheiss said. “They’re probably the best team in the region, and we’ll have to bring our A game. We certainly can’t turn the ball over as much as we did tonight. Every possession matters, and we’ll have to play four good quarters. The biggest thing is just being mentally focused and not having lapses in the middle of the game.”

Silverdale opened the play-in game with six straight points,  and led 8-3 before Grace took its first lead on a Blake Savard 3-pointer at the 2:35 mark. The Golden Eagles finished the first quarter on a 7-0 run, and added to it with another 3 from Savard that opened up a 23-12 advantage in the second.

Grace took a 35-21 lead into halftime and led by as much as 18 in the third, but Jordan Delashmitt helped bring the Seahawks back to within single digits. Playing with four fouls for much of the third quarter, Delashmitt scored seven consecutive points midway through the period, and Nathan Keylon followed with a 3-pointer to get Silverdale within 42-34.

Delashmitt picked up his fifth foul with 25.6 seconds left in the third, and Grace took advantage with an 11-0 run beginning at the 6:45 mark of the final period. Baskets from Savard and Chet Matheny then helped Grace close out the 61-43 win and earn its spot in Monday's semifinal.

“I think we won the game in the first half, and just kind of held on in the second half,” Mattheiss said. “We really wanted to finish the game strong, but Silverdale didn’t quit. They came out really hard in the second half, and just basically maintained our halftime lead.”

Savard led all scorers with 20 points, while Will Slack followed with 11 for Grace (9-16), and Matheny added 10. Keylon led Silverdale with 14, followed by 13 from Delashmitt and 10 from Tristan Huggins.

In the girls’ play-in game, Jessica Bonner's basket in the final minute of the first half sent the Lady Golden Eagles into the locker room with a 21-19 lead, and Grace extended its advantage to eight points midway through the third.

Copper Basin fought back to tie it at at 32 on Lauren Brackett's basket at the buzzer, but Grace opened the fourth with a 3-pointer from Maggie Compton. Bonner and Meghan Pollock also added 3s in the final period to help the Lady Golden Eagles (4-17) pull away for the 55-42 win that puts them in Monday's semifinal against Silverdale.

“We survived, and we advanced,” Compton said. “I would’ve liked to play better, but Copper Basin’s effort had a lot to do with that. We certainly could’ve been much more efficient, and we’ll have to be to have a chance against a team as good as Silverdale.”

Bonner finished with a game-high 17 points, while Compton totaled 12 and Pollock followed with 11. Brackett led the Lady Cougars with 15, and Kitha Hicks contributed 11.

Tournament  action continues Monday at Arts & Sciences, beginning with the CSAS girls facing Boyd-Buchanan at 3 p.m.  The Patriots will follow with their semifinal against Copper Basin at 4:30.

 (E-mail Jaime Barrett at jaimenbarrett@gmail.com)

District 5-A scoring summaries

GRACE ACADEMY GIRLS 55, COPPER BASIN 42

Copper Basin  9  11  13  10  --  42

Grace   11  10  11  23  --  55

Copper Basin (42) -- Gilley, J. Allen, Self, S. Allen, Patterson 5, Lauren Brackett 15, Roberson, Kitha Hicks 11, Stephens 6, Hedden 6.

Grace Academy (55) --  Ransby, Meghan Pollock 11, McGaughey 1, Jemaine, Jessica Bonner 17, Maggie Compton 12, McMasters 6, Ruefernaught 4, Carter 2.

3-point goals: Copper Basin 1 (Hedden); Grace 8 (Compton 4, Pollock 2, Bonner 2).

GRACE ACADEMY 61, SILVERDALE BAPTIST 43

Silverdale Baptist  12  9  13  9  --  43

Grace Academy  20  15  9  17  --  61

Silverdale Baptist (43) -- Jordan Delashmitt 13, Walls 4, Nathan Keylon 14, Harkelroad 2, Tristan Huggins 10, Rogers, Glenn, Dohmier, Mossburg.

Grace Academy (61) -- Will Slack 11, Roberts 4, Lyons, Blake Savard 20, Russell, Hughes 4, Godsey 8, McQueen 2, Chet Matheny 10, Cooke 2.

3-point goals: Silverdale 3 (Keylon 2, Delashmitt); Grace 6 (Savard 3, Godsey 2, Matheny).

5-A Girls' Tournament Schedule

MONDAY 2/17

at CSAS

Semifinals:
CSAS vs Boyd-Buchanan 3 p.m.
Silverdale Baptist vs Grace Academy  6 p.m.

TUESDAY 2/18

at CSAS

Consolation game 4p.m.
Championship game 7 p.m.

District 5-A Boys' Tournament Schedule

MONDAY 2/17

at CSAS

Semifinals:
CSAS vs Copper Basin 54:30 p.m.
Boyd-Buchanan vs Grace Academy 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY 2/18

at CSAS

Consolation game 5:30 p.m.
Championship game 8:30 p.m.


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