LACEY - The Naselle Comettes had no problem in running away from the Northwest Christian Navigators in the two teams opening Pacific B League girls basketball game played Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Lacy school's gym.
NHS ran away with a first quarter burst and then were able to do almost what they wanted to do on the way to a 68-28 win. The win Comettes pushed the girls' record to 1-0 in league, 2-0 overall.
Playing with only eight players due to the continued absence of Tiffany Pauly due to an ankle injury, the Comettes were able to make good use of their sophomore players to get some valuable experience with the five seniors on the team. Sophomores Katie Klinger (9 points), Kelli Revis (6), and Annie Herrold all played well and contributed to Naselle's easy win, according to assistant coach Tim Wirkkala.
NHS, with Nora Darcher (20 game points) and Lucy Rubio (13) leading the way, jumped out to a 27-6 first quarter lead. "We started slowly even though we scored 27 points in the first quarter," said Wirkkala. "We got our offensive rhythm in the third quarter and the girls played a fine game. We also wanted to work on our press so we had 27 steals which led to some easy baskets."
NHS led 38-13 at the half, 62-20 after three quarters as seven of the Comettes' contributed points. The Comettes then finished the fourth quarter on their way to a 68-28 win.
"The best thing about this game was the fact that it gave our young players a chance to play with the older players. That will be good for us down the road as we need to develop our bench," Wirkkala said.
The Naselle varsity traveled to Oakville last night, Tuesday, while the JVs went to Brooklyn to play the North River varsity. The Taholah varsity will be at Naselle this Friday, Dec. 13, while North River will be here to play the JVs in a preliminary game. Both the Oakville and Taholah games are league games. The Comettes travel to Cathlamet on Monday, Dec. 16, for a non league rematch with the Mules.
Wirkkala reported that Pauly has now been cleared to play and she has been practicing with the team. She should be ready to play next week, according to Wirkkala.
There was no JV game at NW Christian.
Naselle 27 11 24 6 - 68
NWC 7 6 7 8 - 28
Naselle (68) - Nora Darcher 20, Lucy Rubio 13, Klinger 9, Herman 8, Smith 6, Davern 6, Revis 6, Herrold; Rebounds (38) - Davern 9, Herman 9, Rubio 7, Smith 6; Steals (27) Rubio 5
Northwest Christian (28) - (Scorers only) Schade 18, Barr 6, Baxter 4