CHEHALIS - Perhaps it was overconfidence, having already beaten NW Christian twice this season, or maybe it was simply the dominant play of the Navigators Ryan Fox who scored 29 points Thursday night to upset the No.1 seed Naselle Comets in a District IV quarterfinal match-up at WF West HIgh School in Chehalis, 65-57.
According to Comets coach Brian Macy his team played too tight, "We came out like we were deer in headlights," Macy told the Daily News. The win secured a state berth for the Navigators and place in Saturday nights championship game. The loss for Naselle now sends them into an all-or-nothing game tonight against Napavine, 6:30 p.m. at Centralia High School. A win gives them a state berth and a spot in the third place game Saturday night - a loss sends them home and ends their season.
Entering the fourth quarter of Thursdays game the Comets trailed 48-41, but a strong push by Naselle shorterned that lead to 49-47 with 6:27 left, but it would be as close as they would get. For the second game in a row Nathan Sultemeier led the team in scoring, racking up 18 points. The Burkhalter brothers, Kyle and Austin, added 13 points each.
Be sure to check www.chinookobserver.com Saturday morning for details and pictures from Friday night's winner-take-all game for Naselle.