Fishermen net win over La Center, 59-53 in weather-postponed make-up game LA CENTER - The Ilwaco Fishermen netted a key 59-53 victory at LaCenter last Wednesday in a Trico-League game made-up due to weather postponements.

The Fishermen had opened up a 14-point lead in the final period, but their old bugaboo, poor foul shooting, allowed the Wildcats to close within six as the buzzer sounded to end the contest.

The IHS squad improved to 6-3 in winning their initial league game of the season.

"We had six kids score 6 points or more because we moved the ball well on offense and knocked down the best shot available," coach Matt Blair said of his team's scoring success. "We played very good team defense, rebounded well and made a great effort to get a difficult road win."

LaCenter only dropped in 4 points in the first period and 21 for the first half.

Ryan Cadwell had an impressive all-around game. The senior scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double, as well as 6 assists, to lead both teams in that category. Jordan Williams added 4 assists while Tony Crete snagged 8 rebounds before fouling out to help the Fishermen to a 32-28 edge in that category.

A hustling defense by IHS held the Wildcats to only 14 field goals in 40 tries for a paltry 35 precent. La Center did convert on 91 percent of their free throws. Ilwaco was only able to convert 9 of 22 from the charity stripe, but out-shot the Wildcats by eight, sinking 22 of 47 tries, 47 percent.

"Rocky Mirelez played his best game of the season for us," Blair said of the senior guard. "He scored 20 points and took shots within our offense instead of forcing things."

The coach had praise for Mirelez, Cadwell, Shane Padgett, Tommy Inserra, Crete, Williams and Ryan Gray, saying, "All seven guys played excellent team defense and unselfish offense."

Ryan Gray scored 8 points, Tommy Inserra and Shane Padgett knocked down seven each and Tony Crete contributed six. Both teams were whistled for 18 fouls apiece and the Fishermen turned the ball over a dozen times to LaCenter's 16. The critical statistic in the win for Ilwaco was their whopping 14 assists, attesting to the ball and player-movement of Blair's offense.

No JV game was scheduled, but the young Fishermen, who haven't played since December 20, will play a preliminary game when the Wildcats claw their way into Aase Gym Jan. 29.

Ilwaco 12 12 14 21 - 59

LaCenter 4 17 11 21 - 53

Ilwaco-Mirelez 20, Cadwell 11, Gray 8, Inserra 7, Padgett 7, Crete 6, Williams.

LaCenter-Baker 20, Roach 18, Northington 7, Aske 6, Calnan 2.Stevenson no match for IHS defenseILWACO - The rallying cry for the Ilwaco High School boys basketball team prior to their game with Stevenson Friday night was, "We are not going to let them run against us!"

And for most of the contest, the Fishermen were able to control the tempo and came away with an 80-63 Trico-League victory .

For the first five minutes it looked like Stevenson, who had just lost to Ridgefield 95-80, was going to run-and-gun the Fishermen off the court, as they built a 15-8 lead. But from that point on, Ilwaco guards Ryan Cadwell and Jordan Williams took charge of the contest by slowing the action down and that's when good things began to happen for the Fishermen.

Williams hit for 6 points and passed to Shane Padgett who hit for 4 points. Cadwell assisted Rocky Mirelez and Tommy Inserra for 5 points each, as Ilwaco went on a 20-2 tear, opening up a 28-17 lead midway through the second quarter.

"Cadwell played very hard, but even more importantly, he played very smart," coach Matt Blair praised. "We knew we had to control the tempo against Stevenson, and time and again Ryan got us under control."

Blair also had acclaim for Inserra, saying, "He was in attack mode tonight." The senior forward connected for 15 points, dished out 4 assists and secured 6 rebounds. Tony Crete added 9 boards and dropped in a dozen points for the Fishermen.

Mirelez swished 5 three-point field goals on his way to leading all scorers with 18. Williams added 14 points to go along with 5 assists. Cadwell had a season-high 9 assists, snared 8 rebounds, and nabbed 6 steals to go along with his 6 points.

Ryan Gray contributed 5 points, 2 assists and 3 boards. Padgett had 7 points and Jarod Schaak knocked down 3 points and grabbed 3 boards for Ilwaco.

"The key tonight was that we were able to get into our half-court offense, work the ball inside, and then open up our outside shooting, as well," Blair concluded.

The Fishermen are now 2-0 in league play and 7-3 overall. They out-rebounded the scrappy Bulldogs 38-32, but turned the ball over 16 times to the visitor's 14. At the beginning of the third quarter, Stevenson drew to within 7 points of the Fishermen, but Cadwell and company didn't turn over the ball for over seven minutes and built the lead back up to 61-46 by period's end.

Ilwaco shot 46 percent from the field on 32 of 70 shooting, including six from beyond the arc and was 10 of 19 from the free throw line, 53 percent. The Bulldogs were 23 of 56, 41 percent, from the field and 15 of 22 from the charity stripe, 68 percent. Each team committed 20 fouls in the furiously-paced fray.

Stevenson 17 12 20 14 - 63

Ilwaco 20 20 21 19 - 80

Stevenson-Rathgeber 5, Mathany 17, Robinson 6, Hulsey 5, Russell 11, Manning 2, Sams 14, Wheeler 3.

Ilwaco-Mirelez 18, Inserra 15, Williams 14, Crete 12, Padgett 7, Cadwell 6, Gray 5, Schaak 3, Dylan Wirkkala, Joe Goelz, Peter Gaynor.

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