ROCHESTER - The Naselle Comets girls had things under control until the fourth quarter of their Southwest Washington Class 2B Basketball Tournament loser-out game played in the Rochester High School gym Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Comets led the Toutle Lake Ducks 30-25 when the fourth period started but they lost the game 39-35, ending their season. The Comets finished the year with a 16-8 record.
Naselle opened the game with the Ducks holding a 12-10 lead after one quarter. The Comets put together an 8-6 second period to go into the half tied at 18 with the Ducks. Naselle came out of the dressing room with a vengeance in the third quarter as they rolled to a five point lead with a 12-7 quarter going into the fourth period. That is when things went south. The Ducks outscored the Comets 14-5 to end the Comets season with a four point loss.
The three Comets seniors, Brandi Keightley with 13 points, Sylvia Herrold with 12, and Ashley Ahlstrom with eight points, led the Naselle scoring. The three seniors have led the Comets all season long and they will be sorely missed by next year's team.
TOUTLE LAKE (39) - Janae Wall 13, Valerie Noble 12, Lacey Hoffmann 6, Denali Preston 6, Amanda Cox 2
NASELLE (35) - Brandi Keightley 13, Sylvia Herrold 12, Ashley Ahlstrom 8, Taylor Wasmundt 2
Comets girls best Pe Ell
MONTESANO - It took three quarters before the Naselle Comets girls finally came out of the doldrums to send the Pe Ell Trojans home with a 44-35 loss in a loser-out game of the Southwest Washington Girls 2B Basketball Tournament last Tuesday.
For whatever the reasons, the Comets were not firing on all cylinders through three quarters of play. Naselle trailed at all of the first three quarter stops, 10-13, 20-21, and 28-33 before finally coming alive in the last eight minutes. The Comets outscored the Trojans 16-2 in the fourth period to record a 44-35 win and the right to play another game in the tournament.
Coach Bob Torppa told The Daily News of Longview, "We started out pretty slow. We didn't play very good defense. Pe Ell got some easy inside shots on us. Then in the fourth, they woke up and played like they can play."
The biggest reason for that Naselle awakening was the play of all league performer Brandi Keightley, who was the only Comet to finish in double figures with 17 points and she also had four rebounds, six steals and three assists. The two other Comets seniors who also were chosen as members of the all league team, Ashley Ahlstrom and Sylvia Herrold, each added eight points to the Naselle total. Herrold had a huge rebounding game as she pulled down 17 rebounds and she added two blocks and two steals to her defensive stats. In all, seven Comets scored points in the game.
The fourth period turned into the "Quarter of the Comet" as the Naselle passes suddenly turned into assists on scoring plays and the Naselle defense shut off the Trojans earlier routes to the hoop where they had been scoring with relative ease. The result was the Comets pull-away win.
NASELLE (44) - Brandi Keightley 17, Ashley Ahlstrom 8, Sylvia Herrold 8, Emily Green 5, Nicole Laney 2, Taylor Wasmundt 2, Nicole Tarabochia 2; Rebounds: Herrold 17; Assists: Keightley 3; Steals: Keightley 6; Blocks: Herrold 2
PE ELL (35) - Kaytie Bateman 10, Johnson 8, Woods 8, Baterman 4, Brannon 2, Kaech