Comet girls are kicked hard by Mules

Katie Klinger drives past a defender during a Comet win last week. AUDREY WIRKKALA photo

CATHLAMET - The Cathlamet Mules girls basketball team ended several years of frustration against the Naselle girls as they jumped all over the Comets 59-20 in the teams' first game of the season.

The closest that the Comets could get was to trail 8-4 after one quarter. It was all downhill after that.

"We struggled to get the ball up court against their press," said coach Bob Torppa. "They are a veteran team loaded with seniors, so they gave us lots of problems. Our young players will get better as we play together for awhile."

The Mules, with four players in double figures, scored in double digits in each of the last three quarters. NHS did not reach double figures in any of the quarters, they were also held without a double figure scorer for the game. The Comets only shot 25 percent while the Mules shot 42 percent for the game. Kelli Revis led NHS with 8 points while Kali Hendrickson led the Mules with 12. Three other Mules scored 10 points each in a balanced team performance. Naselle freshman Erin Saari added 6 points.

"Revis played pretty well and shot fairly well," said Torppa. "Saari shot three for eight from the floor."

NHS only trailed by four points at the end of the first quarter, but when they couldn't hit their shots and the Mules hit theirs, Cathlamet unleashed a 20-7 second quarter to lead 28-11 at the half.

The Comets came out no warmer in the second half and were outscored 15-7 in the third stanza. Cathlamet then put the final nail in the coffin with a 16-3 fourth period for their 59-20 win.

Naselle 4 7 7 3 - 20

Cathlamet 8 20 15 16 - 59

Naselle (20) - Kelli Revis 8, Saari 6, Abbott 2, Hines 2, K. Klinger 2, Matthews 2, Herrold; Shooting: 9/36 = 25 percent, 3's: 0/1, FT: 2/10

Cathlamet (59) - Kali Hendrickson 12, Magnuson 10, Savant 10, Olsen 10, Kehrli 6, Almer 4, Lopez 3, Cothren 2, Fudge 2; Shooting: 27/64 = 42 percent, 3/s: 0/8, FT: 5/11

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