MONTESANO Naselles girls basketball team managed to hold 1A Montesano to a mere 35 points in a non-league game there Dec. 4, however the Comets only mustered 26 points and came up short for the fourth time this season.
This was a really good game for us. The girls played very tough on defense as a team, coach Russ Hickman praised. We did have some problems with their full-court pressure and that was the difference in who won and lost. They were able to score four easy baskets in transition and that was it.
The Comets had a season-low 23 turnovers in the contest. Naselle was within 20-14 at halftime, their closest encounter at the mid-way so far this season.
Katie Green continued to lead Naselle in scoring, as she poured in nine points. Kirsten Scrabeck had a season-high six points and Makenzie Matthews added five. Haley Pine scored four points and Kayti Nelson rounded out scoring for the Comets with two tallies.
Matthews led Naselle with four steals and Scrabeck pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Nelson added seven caroms and dished out four assists, while playing a solid floor game. Emily Bjornsgard snared five rebounds.
I am very proud of the way we came out and set the tone for the game early. We hustled and played better on offense and passed the ball better than we have earlier this season. Montesano shifted from man-to-man defense to a zone and we were able to adjust. The girls kept their focus, Hickman concluded.
Naselle is now 0-4 on the season.
Naselle 8 6 7 5 26
Montesano 8 12 5 10 35
Naselle Kayti Nelson 2, Katie Green 9, Haley Pine 4, Abigail Eaton, Abbey DaVall, Ciara Sandell, Makenzie Matthews 5, Kirsten Scrabeck 6, Emily Bjornsgard
MontesanoM. Floch 3, J. Nuckols 8, M. Choate 6, A. Ostwald 1, C. Miller 6, M. Malizia 11
Comets start fast, Valley finishes strong in 45-13 win
NASELLE The Naselle girls basketball squad may have felt like they were under attack Dec. 7 as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but then the visiting Lady Vikings came back with a vengeance to defeat the Comets 45-13 in the Pacific 2B League opener for both squads.
Katie Green scored the first five points of the contest for the Comets, but Valley tallied the next 16 points to take a 16-5 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Naselle was not able to find the basket for nearly 13 minutes and missed 20 straight field goal attempts and one foul shot during that difficult first half stretch.
Makenzie Matthews was able to penetrate the Vikings 2-3 zone defense for a baseline drive and hoop to kick off the third period. Kendra Leeland battled for a driving layup to end the third quarter as Naselle trailed 32-9. Abigail Eaton and Madison Green came off the bench to each score a basket in the final period for the Comets.
Naselle was 5-35 from the floor for 14 percent, while Valley was 18-60 for 30 percent, including a pair of three-point buckets. The Comets connected on three of five foul shots, while the Vikings were 7-17 from the line for 41 percent.
Valley held an overwhelming 51-27 advantage on the glass and forced 33 Naselle turnovers, while the Comets defense made the Lady Vikings cough up the basketball on 26 occasions.
Kayti Nelson, Katie Green, Kirsten Scrabeck and Matthews each had five rebounds apiece and Scrabeck and Matthews dished out an assist. Katie Green pilfered five steals and led the Comets in scoring for the fifth time this season with five points.
Sandell went down with an apparent knee injury Dec. 4 in a close contest at Montesano and did not suit up for the game.
Naselle is now 0-5 on the year, while the Lady Vikings improve to 3-1.
Valley 6 10 16 13 45
Naselle 5 0 4 4 13
VALLEY Karli Friese 18, Lauren Friese 2, Abbee Bannish 3, Michaela Huber 4, Abby Smarciarz 3, Emily Fluke 3, Jessica Cook 2, Sydney Wilkeson 6, Brooke Harden 4, Morgan Walker, Alicia Smarciarz
NASELLE Kayti Nelson, Katie Green 5, Haley Pine, Kirsten Scrabeck, Makenzie Matthews 2, Madison Green 2, Mary Wirkkala, Kendra Leeland 2, Abbie Eaton 2, Abbie DaVall, Emily Bjornsgard, Christina Carter