TOLEDO Winning a league game on the road can be an accomplishment. Rebounding from a 49-30 loss at Ridgefield three days earlier, the Ilwaco High School girls basketball team came roaring back at Toledo on Friday to earn a well-deserved 46-26 Trico victory.
Despite shooting what coach Ned Bittner termed a chilly 8-for-27 from the freethrow line, a stingy Lady Fishermen defense held Toledo to single-digit scoring in each quarter to boost their season record to 4-2 in league games and 8-4 overall.
The victory puts Ilwaco in a three-way tie with Stevenson and La Center for second place in the league.
Ilwaco led 10-7 after the first quarter and a 12-point second period boosted the lead to 22-15 at halftime.
Toledo outscored Ilwaco 6-4 in the third quarter, but the Lady Fishermen took things over with 20 points in the final eight minutes to put the game in the books.
Elleigh Kaino scored a game-high 14 points to pace the Lady Fishermen. Logan Manecke tallied eight points and Grace McPhail and Cindy Pacheco hit for seven points apiece.
IHS 10 12 4 20 46
THS 7 8 6 5 30
ILWACO (46) Elleigh Kaino 14, Logan Manecke 8, Grace McPhail 7, Cindy Pacheco 7, Grieve 2, Bell 1, Granlund 3, Smith 4, Coffin.
TOLEDO (30) Ca. Rice 8, Hellem 5, Harlin 3, Kinzie 2, Oberg 4, Ch. Rice 4.
Ridgefields fast start
tops Lady Fishermen
RIDGEFIELD Coach Ned Bittner said the Ridgefield team hit its first five shots from the floor in last Tuesday nights Trico League basketball game and the Lady Fishermen were never able to recover, dropping a 49-30 decision to the Lady Spudders.
The defeat created a log jam in the Trico standings with four teams now tied for second place with identical 3-2 records.
It was not one of our better performances over the last couple of years, Bittner said. Flat out, we just did not play well at all.
Trailing 11-2, Bittner said he made some adjustments and the Lady Fishermen were able to get the game back under control for the remainder of the first half.
However, as the second half began, things went south once again for Ilwaco.
Starting the third quarter, we went five-straight possessions where we threw the ball away or threw it right to them, said Bittner.
Logan Manecke scored nine points and had eight rebounds to lead the Lady Fishermen.
Elleigh Kaino also scored nine points and Cindy Pacheco tallied eight.
They have an athletic team and we just picked a bad time not to play very well, Bittner concluded.
Ilwaco 8 10 5 7 30
Ridgefield 15 8 10 16 49
ILWACO (30) Grace McPhail 2, Elleigh Kaino 9, Cindy Pacheco 8, Amanda Bell 2, Logan Manecke 9, Kelly Grieve 0, Jasmine Coffin 0, Kaylie Granlund 0, Jackie Smith 0.
RIDGEFIELD (49) Pickett 6, Estes 9, Bremer 1, Kates 3, Boyle 12, Vance 13, Thomas 2, Shaffer 2, Macando 1.