ILWACO - A 36-point second half helped lift the Lady Fishermen over South Bend 64-38 at Carl Aase Gymnasium Tuesday in Ilwaco's final non-league tune-up game before Trico League play begins at Stevenson Friday. Guards Aimee Banuet and Vallori Crowston were down-right larcenous for the Lady Fishermen as Banuet stole the basketball eight times and Crowston had five steals to help trigger the Ilwaco offense.
"Our full-court press early helped get us ahead 16-8 in the first quarter and in the second half Aimee and Vallori were able to create some havoc and take the ball away from their guards on a consistent basis. Most of those steals led to easy baskets for us," Coach Ned Bittner said.
Banuet finished with a career-high 14 points and Crowston scored eight and also dished out eight assists. Kenzi Wirkkala added 14 points on a barrage of mid-range jump shots to tie for the scoring lead in the contest. For the third consecutive game Ashley Tapio scored eight points, Carley Kitzman and Marin McDonnell knocked down seven points, Alexa Wirkkala contributed four and Cameo Ulbricht two points to the winning total for Ilwaco.
The Indians had their most success in the second period when post players Ali Caudill and Jessica Anderson were involved with the visitors' offense. Caudill scored 11 points and Andersen finished with eight. "At halftime we made some adjustments on our post defense and Tapio, Wirkkala and Kitzman were able to lock down on the taller South Bend post players and keep them in check," Bittner praised. "Overall we played hard and had a well-rounded team effort from everyone both offensively and defensively."
South Bend guard Theresa Mott re-injured her ankle in the third period, further adding to the Indians' woes as they combined to turn the basketball over 39 times against the Lady Fishermen buzz-saw defense. "We had 28 field goals and they had 12," Bittner related. "It was good for us that we were challenged the first half and responded well in the second half." The Indians trailed 28-24 at intermission.
Ilwaco made 28-59 from the field for a season-high 48 percent and sank 6-10 from the foul line. South Bend was a mere 12-38 from the floor for 32 percent and hit on 13-22 from the free throw stripe for 60 percent. The Lady Fishermen even their season mark at 4-4 with the win and the Indians fall to 3-6 on the year. Ilwaco won the JV game convincingly 40-14.
South Bend 8 16 6 8 --38
Ilwaco 16 12 17 19 --64
South Bend-Eang 2, Yi 5, Dockter 1, Mott 6, Richards 1, Dundom 4, Caudill 11, Anderson 8, Day, Elliott, Staats
Ilwaco-Carley Kitzman 7, Aimee Banuet 14, Cameo Ulbricht 2, Vallori Crowston 8, Alexa Wirkkala 4, Erin Kelly, Marin McDonnell 7, Kenzi Wirkkala 14, Ashley Tapio 8, Sydney Ward