NASELLE - Tough defense and balanced team scoring overcame the South Bend Indians slowdown tactics as the Naselle Comettes earned their ninth win of the season with a 42-28 win in the Pacific League girls basketball game played Thursday, Jan. 9. The Comettes league record climbed to 6-0, and 9-0 overall, with the win.
Two big quarters - the first and third - provided the Comettes with their winning margin as the NHS defense gave the Indians little scoring opportunity. With Nora Darcher (13 game points), Tiffany Pauly (11), and Lucy Rubio (11) scoring in double figures and Fritha Davern (8) just out of doubles, the Comettes got all the points that they needed to take and hold the lead in spite of the Indians attempts to control the tempo.
Pauly and Davern, each with eight rebounds, led the Comettes board patrol. The Naselle defense only allowed one Indian to reach double figures in scoring.
"Tiffany played especially well on defense in spite of rolling her ankle in practice," said assistant coach Tim Wirkkala.
NHS led 15-2 after one quarter, and then went into a scoring slump in the second stanza as the Indians slowdown game worked and Naselle was outscored 10-3. The teams went in at the half with Naselle leading 18-12.
"We didn't take care of the ball as well as we should have with 28 turnovers," Wirkkala said. "We also didn't shoot very well and we took the fewest number of shots that we have taken in a game this season."
The Comettes defense put the hammer down again in the third period, holding the Indians to only four points, while scoring 14 to take a 32-16 lead after three quarters. Naselle was then able to hold off the Indians in the fourth period for their 42-28 win.
The Comettes defense, pressing and harassing as usual, was able to provide defensive pressure while only giving the Indians two free throw attempts.
"Our defense caused them problems," said Wirkkala. "They were playing a control game, and several times, our defense prevented them from getting a shot before the shot clock expired."
South Bend 2 10 4 12 - 28
Naselle 15 3 14 11 - 42
South Bend (28) - Whitney Marte 12, Mero 6, Bisbee 4, Eang 2, Lynn 2, Powell 2, Morris; Shooting: FG - 14/51 = 27 percent, 3s - 0/1, FT - 0/2
Naselle (42) - Nora Darcher 13, Tiffany Pauly 11, Lucy Rubio 11, Davern 8, Smith, Herman; Rebounds: Pauly 8, Davern 8; Shooting: FG - 11/30 = 27 percent, 3s - 2/6, FT - 13/22; Turnovers (28)