NASELLE — Lilli Zimmerman held sway inside against the Lady Trojans, scoring 16 points on eight of 13 shooting to lead Naselle in its 44-29 home win over Pe Ell on Dec. 1. The Comets led just 6-5 after a quarter, but pulled away for a 20-point lead by the early fourth.
With both offenses in hibernation early and the shot clock winding down on another Comet possession, Taylor Gudmundsen ran a pick-and-roll with Zimmerman, who scored to take a 4-3 lead. It was an early glimpse of what became an increasingly effective Comets’ offense. As the game went on, the Comets made more decisive movements and passes. They found more ways to feed Zimmerman and Hailey Weston (nine points) in the post.
The Comets closed out the first half on a 12-2 run, sparked by Zimmerman’s basket off a Gudmundsen steal. Jackie Steenerson came open and hit a ten-footer as the defense focused on more Gudmundsen-Zimmerman screen action. Zimmerman ran a play with Lily Harman that again drew the focus of the defense, then made a quick feed to Weston in the low post for a score.
Leading 23-11 at the half, the Comets kept rolling in the third. Gudmundsen found a cutting Zimmerman, who scored to make it 29-13. Harman’s putback made it 32-13, capping the game-breaking 21-4 run that had begun in the second quarter.
After the Comets took their largest lead at 39-19 early in the fourth, the Trojans began forcing turnovers and chipping away, going on a 9-0 run to cut it to 39-28 with 3:12 left. Zimmerman faced up her defender and scored with just over two minutes left to end the run. Zimmerman scored on a drop-step move for the game’s final points.
Gudmundsen had a team-high eight rebounds to go with five assists, two steals and seven points. Kenzie Glenn added five more assists.
Willapa 49, NHS 41
Willapa Valley took control early on and won 49-41 at Naselle on Nov. 28 in the season opener for both teams. Hannah Cook had 15 points, six assists and three steals to lead the Vikings, while Hailey Weston led the Comets with 16 points.
The Vikings led 20-12 at halftime and 34-22 after three quarters. The Comets’ offense got going a bit in the fourth, but they never got the lead under double digits until the end.
The Comets struggled with outside shooting and turnovers but got good contributions inside from Weston and Lilli Zimmerman. Weston went seven of 16 and grabbed four offensive rebounds. Zimmerman added eight points on four of seven shooting with ten rebounds. Taylor Gudmundsen dished out eight assists.
Kenzie Glenn came up with seven steals, creating problems for the Vikings both in Naselle’s press and in the half-court defense. “She played her best game, probably, ever,” Comets coach Rose Nisbet said. “Our press was leading them into her for traps, and she was reading the ball.”