Knappa nabs come-from-behind 53-49 win over FishermenILWACO - Knappa stormed past the Fishermen in the final three minutes to take a frenetically paced 53-49 non-league victory at Aase Gym Saturday. The game featured nine ties and nine lead changes.
When Jordan Williams set up Jarod Schaak for a layup with 3:15 remaining, Ilwaco took a 45-43 lead. Two quick Logger hoops put the visitors up 47-45 at the 3:00 mark. From that point on Knappa sank six of 14 foul shots. Schaak scored twice in the paint on deft passes from Williams to give Ilwaco a chance for victory.
With 21 seconds remaining the Fishermen needed a basket to tie, but missed. With 12 ticks left on the clock they needed a 3-point shot to knot the score, but a double-dribble call ended their hopes of a win. Ilwaco had built a 41-36 lead to begin the final quarter, but hit only 4-11 shots in the stanza. Another key statistic was that the Fishermen missed the front end of six 1-1 free throw attempts, costing them an opportunity to convert 12 points.
The Loggers had built a 6-0 lead in the first period, only to have Ilwaco battle back to take the lead when Schaak made an old-fashioned 3-point play to begin the second quarter. Knappa scored at the horn to take a 27-25 lead at intermission.
Ilwaco went on a 9-0 run to go up 34-27 half-way through the third period, which was the largest edge either team would enjoy all evening. A series of turnovers sparked Knappa to a 9-2 tear to tie the contest at 36-36. Williams, who had six assists, fed Mooch Smith for a layin and hit a twisting shot in the lane to give Ilwaco a 40-36 advantage going into the fateful final frame.
Schaak had a career-high 24 points and snared 11 rebounds, while Smith battled for more 10 boards. Williams slashed for 13 points and tied Schaak with two steals apiece.
Knappa took exceptional care of the basketball, turning the ball over a miniscule six times to Ilwaco's 18 against the storied Logger full-court pressure. The Fishermen worked for a 31-25 edge in rebounding and fouled 20 times to Knappa's 18, with seven of those infractions being called in the final three minutes in an attempt to retrieve the ball.
Ilwaco converted on 10-16 free throws (63 percent) and 19-43 from the field (44 percent) while the Loggers were 15-28 from the line (54 percent) and 17-41 from the floor (41 percent).
The Fishermen slid to 1-3 with the loss. Knappa's talented and deep junior varsity dominated Ilwaco 86-42 despite 12 points from Mike Huitt and 11 from Anthony Wirkkala.
Knappa - Hamar 6, Gertula 6, Ferguson 6, Pitts 6, Olds 6, Anderson 10, Bakar 2, Graham 11
Ilwaco - Williams 13, Wirkkala, Schaak 24, Peter Gaynor 2, Smith 6, Joe Goelz 2, Scott Fagerland 2, Ubaldo Sebastian
Knappa nabs 55-44 win over Lady FishermenKNAPPA - Robyn Unruh's 15 points, seven steals, and six assists weren't enough to stop Knappa as the Lady Loggers hustled to a 55-44 win over Ilwaco there Wednesday in a raucous non-league fray.
Unruh also had eight turnovers, due in large part to Knappa's aggressive pressing defense. "We played hard and as a team, but we had tough work against their press. We were not used to their press, but we'll get better at breaking it," the senior point guard said. "(Nedra) Evans is good," Unruh added.
Evans, a 5'6" junior, had 23 points and 16 rebounds to go along with her eight steals, to lead the home team to victory despite the Lady Loggers losing their top post player, Katie Ho, to a knee injury earlier in the week.
The Lady Fishermen had fought to a 14-13 deficit during the first 10 minutes of the tussle, however Knappa took a 26-17 lead into the locker room at the half. Ilwaco battled back to within 34-29, but the Loggers upped the advantage to 41-29 by the end of the third stanza. Unruh's outside shooting and the scoring and passing of posts Ashley Kitzman (13 points) and Ariel Barker (6 points) brought the Lady Fishermen to within 43-36 with five minutes to play, but they could get no closer.
Knappa used their physical strength and quickness to force 21 Ilwaco turnovers to 14 of their own and out-rebounded the taller Lady Fishermen by a 45-30 margin. Ilwaco shot 15-54 from the field (28 percent) and 11-17 from the line (65 percent) while the Lady Loggers popped in 25 of 60 shots from the floor (42 percent) and were only 4-10 from the charity stripe. Ilwaco was whistled for 15 fouls to 17 for the home team.
The Lady Fishermen drop to 1-2 for the year; Knappa is undefeated in two games.
The junior varsity held on to win 39-33 on the strength of Allison Brooks canning 6 straight free throws in the final minutes. Coach Elmo Wise also had praise for the ball-handling of Bonnie Perez and the defense of Emily Leonard.
Ilwaco - Ashley Kitzman 13, Holly Hocking 4, Barker 6, Anna Kitzman 4, Unruh 15, Heather Bartlett 2, Perez
Knappa - Evans 23, Gerttula 12, Coghill 8, Blauser 5, Schuyler 5, Lowry 2