ILWACO - The Lady Fishermen unleashed a 39-9 second-half tidal wave of points and ran away from Stevenson 65-24 in a Trico League game at Carl Aase Gymnasium Friday. Ilwaco led 26-15 at the half and then to open the third period scored the next 13 consecutive points to bury the Lady Bulldogs 39-15 and the game never got any closer.
Two bench players led the Ilwaco scoring barrage as Alexa Wirkkala knocked down 14 points and Carley Kitzman added 13. Aimee Banuet also scored 13 points, Vallori Crowston contributed nine, Kenzi Wirkkala and Marin McDonnell each scored six, and Ashley Tapio finished with four points.
Kenzi Wirkkala led Ilwaco with 10 rebounds and Kitzman and Tapio added eight boards apiece. Crowston had seven assists and six steals, despite playing on a sore ankle. "It's better, but I'm still not able to go at full speed," she said of her ankle hurt a week ago in LaCenter.
Stevenson, who is winless in six Trico game tilts and 4-12 overall, stayed within striking distance in the first half, but when Coach Ned Bittner employed a 1-3-1 zone to start the second half the route was on. The Lady Bulldogs lost the handle on the basketball a dozen times in the third quarter and had six more turnovers in the final frame.
Stevenson was a miserable 15 percent from the floor at 6-40 and 12-28 from the free throw line (43 percent), while Ilwaco connected on 28-74 from the field (38 percent), but was a sub-par 6-19 from the charity stripe (32 percent). The Lady Fishermen out-rebounded the visitors 50-43 and turned the ball over only 11 times, all in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs tossed the ball away 30 times and Ilwaco was whistled for 22 fouls to 16 for the visitors from up the Gorge.
Ilwaco stays perfect in the Trico at 6-0 and improves to 11-6. The Lady Fishermen won the junior varsity contest 52-29.
Stevenson 5 10 3 6 --24
Ilwaco 12 14 17 22 --65
Stevenson-Kelsey Penner 4, Mandy Stump 2, Jen Rathgeber 2, Amanda Picklesimer 6, Rebekah Hodges 2, Chaleah Stump 8, Chelsea Zibolsky.
Ilwaco-Carley Kitzman 13, Aimee Banuet 13, Vallori Crowston 9, Cameo Ulbricht, Alexa Wirkkala 14, Erin Kelly, Marin McDonnell 6, Kenzi Wirkkala 6, Ashley Tapio 4