Fishermen can’t keep up with speedy Cardinals

<p>Ilwaco’s Kasey Plato eyes the ball as it rolls into the hoop for two Fishermen points Wednesday night in the IHS-Winlock game. Plato had a big game, despite the loss, with 18 rebounds and five blocks.</p> <div><br /></div>

ILWACO — Too many turnovers and unforced errors, combined with just six points scored in the first and fourth quarters, was the difference as the Fishermen lost 47-35 to Winlock  at the Ilwaco Holiday Basketball Tournament, Dec. 28.

After a slow-moving first quarter where the Fishermen trailed by a single point, 7-6 — thanks to a three-point basket by Ryan Tapio at the buzzer — things didn’t pick up much in the second period with Winlock holding an 18-16 lead at halftime.

“We played decent defense for awhile, but we committed far too many turnovers and unforced errors,” coach Kip Meinhardt said.

The Fishermen turned the ball over 12 times in the first half and finished the game with 18.

Kasey Plato had a good game for the Fishermen scoring seven points while grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking five shots.

“I blocked out, did my job and was able to get the rebounds,” Plato said afterward.

Scoring was the problem and the Fishermen had no players in double figures. Tapio was the leading scorer with nine points, including a pair from three-point range — he also  dished off five assists — while the usually hot shooting Ross Kukula was held to just eight points.

“They played very tough defense out there,” Kukula said. “We weren’t running through any sets and just didn’t do what we normally do. That hurt us pretty bad.”

Ilwaco continued to battle and the score was tied five times in the third quarter. By the end of the period, the Fishermen were still in the game with the score knotted at 29.

However, as has been the case in many previous games, due to a lack of bench depth, Ilwaco ran out of gas in the final eight minutes.

Winlock outscored the Fishermen 18-6 in the final eight minutes to put the victory in the books.

“Our offense just wasn’t doing very much,” a disappointed Clark Wilson said following the game.

Wilson tallied seven points and Eric McMillan rounded out the Fishermen’s scoring with four.

Enrique Hernandez poured in a game-high 16 points for Winlock with teammates Phillip Smerek and Blazzen White adding eight points apiece. 


WHS  7  11  11 18 — 47

IHS     6  10  13   6 — 35

WINLOCK (47) — Enrique Hernandez 16, Phillip Smerek 8, Blazzen White 8, Durkin 7, Pohll 3, Rose 5, Woods, McNelly, Martin, Fisher. Totals: 17 10-17 47.

ILWACO (35) — Ryan Tapio 9, Ross Kukula 8, Kasey Plato 7, Clark Wilson 7, McMillan 4, Dunn, Wright. Totals 14 4-8 35.

3-point goals — Winlock 3 (White 2, Hernandez); Ilwaco 3, (Tapio 2, Wilson). Turnovers — Winlock 5, Ilwaco 18.  Total fouls — Winlock 12, Ilwaco 10. Fouled out — none.


Second quarter stymies Fishermen

ILWACO — Ross Kukula scored a game-high 21 points, including four from three-point range, but it wasn’t enough as Morton-White Pass defeated the Fishermen 56-40 Dec. 27 in night one of the Ilwaco Holiday Basketball Tournament.

The Fishermen were held to single-digit scoring the first two quarters as the Timberwolves raced out to a 32-15 halftime lead.

Morton-White Pass blistered the net from the perimeter the entire game, hitting a total of nine three-point goals, including three in the first quarter and three more in the second. Kukula kept the Fishermen in the game, draining a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter to keep Ilwaco within five points of the Timberwolves, 13-8, after the first eight minutes of play.

Morton-White Pass poured in 19 points in the second period while holding the Fishermen to seven, and went into the halftime break firmly in control.

“They just have a more talented team than we do,” Meinhardt said.

The Timberwolves had three players in double figures led by Rylon Kolb with 12 points. Ryan Tapio and Clark Wilson scored six points apiece for Ilwaco.


MWP  13  19   8  16 — 56

IHS        8   7  10  15 — 40

MORTON-WHITE PASS (56) — Rylon Kolb 12, Kylon Gillispie 11, Kalen Dunlap 10, Hanger 7, Kelly 5, Martin 2, Counts 4, Martin 5, Reynolds, Coleman, Hanson. Totals: 21 5-14 56.

ILWACO (40) — Ross Kukula 21, Tapio 6, Dunn 3, Plato 2, Wilson 6, McMillan 2, Wright. Totals: 13 7-12 40.

3-point goals — MWP 9 (Gillispie 3, Dunlap 3, Hanger 2, Kelly); IHS 6 (Kukula 4, Wilson, Tapio). Turnovers — MWP 12, IHS 15. Total fouls — MWP 9, IHS 11. Fouled out — none.  

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