RIDGEFIELD — Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” but he didn’t see Ilwaco bury the Lady Spudders 21-4 in the first period on their way to a lopsided 44-23 Trico League win over Ridgefield there Saturday, Jan. 29. Again it was the Wirkkala girls doing most of the damage for the Lady Fishermen as Kenzi Wirkkala had a bookend double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Alexa Wirkkala led all scorers with 15 points.

Elleigh Kaino and Logan Manecke each scored four, Sydney Ward added a trey, and Kady Kirby and Cindy Pacheco chipped in two points in the win. Ward, Kenzi Wirkkala, Pacheco, and Alexa Wirkkala each had three steals apiece and Kaino and Pacheco both dished out four assists for the winners.

The Lady Fishermen connected on nine two-point field goals and three treys, with all of the makes from beyond the arc coming in the first period, and were 17-28 from the line for 61 percent, while the Sweet Potatoes also had three “three’s” and seven “two’s” and whiffed on all four of their foul shots. Ilwaco won the rebounding battle 34-32 and committed only nine turnovers to 15 for Ridgefield.

“We played solid defensively the entire game and didn’t allow more than eight points in any one quarter, which was our goal,” coach Ned Bittner said. “We must have shot 80 percent in that first period (only three shots from the field did not go in) and that got us rolling. One of the referees told us we were really shooting great and that must have jinxed us because the next two quarters we couldn’t hit a thing,” Bittner lamented. “Fortunately we got it rolling again in the last period and we made our foul shots down the stretch.”

Ilwaco is now 10-2 in the Trico and 14-4 overall, while Ridgefield falls to 6-6 in league play and 8-10 for the season. The Lady Fishermen are tied with LaCenter for league supremacy and Castle Rock is a game behind at 9-3 with two games to play.

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