WHITE SALMON – “It has been a long time since Ilwaco has gone up the Columbia Gorge and gotten two wins at Stevenson and White Salmon,” Coach Kip Meinhardt said. “It’s nice to get those two road trips out of the way with victories at each place. Our kids played very good defensively, we shot well, and we had balanced scoring tonight.”

The Fishermen shutout the Bruins in the fourth period and allowed only eight points the entire second half in earning the victory. “We went with our 2-3 zone in the second half because we were in a little foul trouble and White Salmon couldn’t hit a thing after we did that,” Meinhardt stated. “We shut a team out for a quarter, made 10 ‘three’s’ on the road and we were perfect from the foul line. How many times does that happen?”

In fact only Ryan Tapio and Clark Wilson found themselves at the free throw stripe for Ilwaco’s only four foul shots in the contest and that was in the final period. The home team shot 15 freebies, but connected on only six for 40 percent. Ilwaco had 10 three-pointers from five different players including Wilson, Tapio, Ryan Kukula, Karl Oman, and Patrick Whealdon. The Fishermen knocked down a total of 28 field goals to only 11 buckets for the Bruins.

Oman led the Fishermen with 15 points and had a double-double by dishing out a season-high 11 assists. Kukula rolled in 13 points, Tapio made a career-high 10, Bobby Byrd scored eight, Kyle Breckinridge and Wilson contributed seven points apiece and Whealdon and Kasey Plato each added six to the winning total.

Ilwaco is now 8-2 on the year with the one-sided win, but more importantly is 5-0 in league play and a game and a half ahead of Ridgefield and two games up on Kalama. The Bruins are now 0-3 in league play. Ilwaco hosts second-ranked Knappa, Ore. in a non-league game tonight with the junior varsity starting at 5:45 p.m. and the varsity tilt to follow.


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