NASELLE — Kenzie Glenn had a career game with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals as Naselle beat Mary M. Knight 41-30 on Thursday, Dec. 8, to improve to 2-3 in the non-league portion of their season. It was the Comets’ first 1B game of the year.
The Owls focused on stopping Lilli Zimmerman, surrounding her in the post. Zimmerman responded with five assists along with her eight points. Glenn and Taylor Gudmundsen (13 points, three steals, three assists) found mid-range openings throughout the game.
On the other end, Lily Harman guarded Coastal League MVP Kaylee Sowle, chasing her around the perimeter. The Comets had Harman fight through screens rather than switching, preventing Sowle from having a momentary cushion to get off her deadly shot. Knight’s other players simply weren’t quick enough to exploit the temporary openings that resulted from this strategy. Sowle still scored 13 points to lead the Owls.
Leading 20-17 at halftime, the Comets pulled away in the third quarter. Glenn buried another jumper on an assist from Zimmerman and followed with a steal and assist to Gudmundsen for a 26-19 lead. Harman fed Zimmerman on a pick-and-roll for a three-point play, capping an 11-0 run and making it 33-19. Sowle took off on a one-on-two fastbreak and scored to cut it to 33-21 after three quarters.
The Comets’ offense slowed in the fourth quarter, but Sowle missed some makable shots early in the period and Knight struggled to close the gap. Sowle went coast-to-coast for a layup with 1:50 left, then fed Jadyn Davidson inside for a basket that cut it to 38-29 with 1:21 remaining. Gudmundsen answered with a three-pointer on a feed from Glenn with 55 seconds remaining, putting away the Owls.