NASELLE — The Comets finally got off to a fast start, scoring 23 points in the opening eight minutes against Knappa, on their way to a 58-38 win on Saturday, Dec. 30. The Comets improved to 5-5.
Kenzie Glenn scored eight points on four of five shooting in the first quarter for the Comets, who had taken a long time to settle in on offense in most games this year. She knocked down three straight jump shots, then hit a transition layup at the end of the quarter.
“I got my feet set and called for the ball,” Glenn said. “We’re working better together on offense; we’re starting to click.”
Lily Harman was also active early on offense. She cut to the basket for the game’s opening score and had five of Naselle’s first seven points. She helped get Glenn going, springing her loose with a screen on her first basket of the game. Harman added a feed over the defense to Lilli Zimmerman close to the basket that put Naselle up 17-9.
“Our goal was (more) intensity” to start the game, Taylor Gudmundsen said. “We had more explosive movement. We had been standing around too much, and we realized we all needed to move more without the ball.”
Gudmundsen directed the offense, finishing with 11 assists. Twice in the first quarter she slipped underneath the basket, with teammates finding her for easy baskets. Gudmundsen made more big plays in the second half. She drove the lane and, while falling, got off a pass to Glenn for another jump shot, then followed with a coast-to-coast drive to make it 35-15. Gudmundsen also made some crafty feeds on pick-and-rolls with Zimmerman, who finished with 14 points and four assists.
Glenn knocked down two corner three-pointers in the second half and finished with 18 points with eight steals. Gudmundsen finished with 13 points along with her 11 assists.
Naselle opens league play Thursday at 5:30 at home against Columbia Adventist.
Comets defeat Pe Ell
MENLO — Lilli Zimmerman’s 18 points led Naselle to a 45-18 win over Pe Ell on the second day of the Jack Q. Pearson tournament Thursday, Dec. 28. Annika Mason scored 13 of the Lady Trojans’ 18 points.
The Lady Trojans struggled to take care of the ball and went scoreless in the first quarter as Naselle went ahead 9-0. Kenzie Glenn got going in the fast-break early on; her steal and score boosted the Comets’ lead to 16-5 lead midway through the second quarter. Glenn finished with nine points and four steals.
Zimmerman was in control near the basket all evening, and teammates consistently fed her. Taylor Gudmundsen found her under the basket with an outlet pass after a steal by Holly Haataia, boosting the Naselle lead to 20-7. Zimmerman hit Jackie Steenerson on an expert high-low pass for a 29-10 lead. Zimmerman blocked a shot right under the basket in the fourth, then scored on a three-point play at the other end.
Lily Harman had five assists and sneaked away from the defense on cuts to the basket a few times for six points. Gudmundsen also handed out five assists and poked away four steals. Haataia and Jackie Steenerson each had three steals.
SB downs Naselle
MENLO — South Bend beat Naselle 36-27 in the opening round of the Jack Q. Pearson tournament at Willapa Valley Wednesday, Dec. 27. Valley and Pe Ell also participated in the two-day tournament; the loss sent Naselle to a Thursday game against Pe Ell.
Karley Reidinger’s third three-pointer gave South Bend a 17-3 lead early in the second against the slow-starting Comets. Taylor Gudmundsen answered with a three-pointer, then a steal and feed to Kenzie Glenn to cut it to 17-8. Reidinger answered with another three, then had a steal and feed to Hannah Byington for a three-point play to stretch it to 23-8.
Down 25-12 at halftime and 32-12 early in the third, the Comets continued a trend of playing better late in games, outscoring the Indians 15-4 the rest of the way.