Ilwaco tops Raymond for league title

The 2015-16 Ilwaco girls basketball team, following Thursday's league championship win.

RAYMOND, Wash. — Year No. 2 of the Ilwaco girls basketball dynasty is perfectly intact.

Their second year since dropping down from the 1A level has resulted in two straight league championships for the Lady Fishermen, who scored a 67-59 win at Raymond Thursday.

Ilwaco — one of the favorites to win the Washington 2B state title — will now host Winlock at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 2B District IV tournament.

Sophomore Makenzie Kaech led Ilwaco in Thursday’s victory, scoring a career-high 42 points, as the Fishermen had to rally from a 38-31 deficit in the third quarter.

Ilwaco finishes 10-0 in league, and improves to 18-2 overall. Their only two losses are to Seaside (4A Oregon) and Class 1A Kalama.

Kaech was 16-of-19 at the free-throw line, and added 10 rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

Teammate Hannah Ellsworth tossed in 12 points with six steals.

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