MENLO — South Bend beat Naselle 45-30 in the first round of the four-team Jack Q. Pearson Holiday Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 27, overcoming a standout performance by Naselle’s Ellie Chapman. Chapman fought relentlessly to keep Naselle in the game, swiping seven steals and scoring 13 points.
The Lady Comets stifled South Bend early on. The Lady Indians turned the ball over four times in the first two minutes, including a play where Amelia Tutu’u forced Karley Reidinger to catch a pass out of bounds. Hailey Weston forced an over-and-back. Tayler Ford stopped a one-on-one fast break by Hannah Byington, forcing her into a long jumper that missed. Naselle led 9-7 after a quarter.
Chapman had six points and four steals in the second quarter, helping Naselle to a 19-17 lead at the half.
South Bend power forward Alex Conner took over inside late in the third, establishing strong position and scoring nine points in the last five minutes of the period. South Bend outscored Naselle 16-6 in the period for a 33-25 lead.
Tutu’u had an interception that led to a put-back by Chapman in transition to open scoring in the fourth quarter. Chapman followed with a steal and layup, cutting it to 33-29 with 6:06 left. South Bend held the Comets without a field goal after that.
Chapman had 13 points on six of 12 shooting, three assists and seven steals. Jessica Sanchez led the Indians with 13 points, Karley Reidinger scored 12 and Conner added 11.