ILWACO - Napavine rained 10 three-point shots on the Lady Fishermen as they rolled to a 67-47 win at Aase Gym last Monday. The Lady Tigers hit on 50 percent of their shots in the first half, including eight three's from four different players in building a 38-15 lead in the first 12 minutes of the game.
Coach Ned Bittner said, "It was hard to cover that many good shooters, but I thought the effort was there from our girls."
Ashley Kitzman had a double-double in the game, scoring 17 points and snaring 10 rebounds. Kitzman was honored before the opening tip for her accomplishment in reaching the 1,500-point milestone at White Pass Jan. 27 in the 85th game of her high school career.
Kitzman scored the first two hoops of the game for Ilwaco and Ariel Barker added five more to pull the Lady Fishermen to within 11-9 in the early going, but then Katie Carns and company began pouring in shots from all over the court to double up on the hosts 26-13 at the end of one period.
Barker finished with nine, Robyn Unruh contributed eight points, and Anna Kitzman scored seven as the Lady Fishermen stayed with the No. 2 rated team in the state the final 20 minutes. Freshman Lanie Kary added four points and sophomore Allison Brooks contributed two free throws to the cause. Melanie Bliss also saw her first varsity playing time of the season.
The Cats held a commanding 35-25 edge in rebounding and their multiple defenses forced 21 turnovers while they committed only a dozen of their own. Napavine's Carns used her textbook jump shot form in leading all scorers with 21 points and she dished out four assists while Trisha Kaut added 12 for the winners.
Ilwaco finished 14 of 45 from the field for only 31 percent, but made 17 or 26 free tosses for a 65 percent success rate. Napavine was 23 of 52 from the floor for 44 percent for the game and 11-18 from the line for 61 percent. They had nine players get their names in the scoring column.
The Lady Fishermen are now a convenience store 7-11 on the season and 5-9 in the SWW, good enough for sixth place while Napavine remains perfect in league at 14-0 and is 17-1 on the year with their one loss coming at the hands of Kettle Falls in the Brewster Christmas Tourney.
The Lady Tigers junior varsity only had enough players to play a half against Ilwaco, but ran away with the game 25-8 as Kary scored 4 points and Bonnie Perez and Katie Hazen each added a bucket. Coach Elmo Wise quipped after the abbreviated contest, "Our JV record is now 5 wins and 8 and a half losses."
Ilwaco-Holly Hocking, Anna Kitzman 7, Ashley Kitzman 17, Ariel Barker 9, Robyn Unruh 8, Allison Brooks 2, Lanie Kary 4
Napavine-Kaut 12, Diehl 3, Carns 21, Ridley 6, May 6, Winslow 5, Wilson 8, Richardson 2, Birdwell 4