KALAMA — The bus was still idling in the parking lot when the Lady Fishermen burst to a 22-2 first period lead at Kalama Tuesday, Jan. 18 on their way to a 56-33 Trico League win over the Lady Chinooks. “The first quarter set the tone for the game. Our press helped get us a big lead,” Coach Ned Bittner said. “Then I was able to play a lot of different combinations of players the rest of the game.”

Elleigh Kaino scored the first five points of the fray and ended up with a dozen tallies, seven rebounds, seven steals, and four assists. Six different players scored in the telling first period for Ilwaco. Alexa Wirkkala contributed 19 points, her season average, to the cause. Kady Kirby added eight points, Kenzi Wirkkala seven, Sydney Ward and Logan Manecke four each, and Grace McPhail scored two points in the win.

Kenzi Wirkkala pulled down eight rebounds and dished out five assists for Ilwaco. Both teams were 11-21 from the free throw line for 52 percent. The Lady Fishermen knocked down 15 field goals and five three-point shots, while Kalama sank only 11 field goals, with none of them coming from beyond the arc. Ilwaco out-rebounded the Lady Chinooks 32-27 and had 21 steals to only a dozen turnovers.

The Lady Fishermen are now 11-3 on the year and are again atop the Trico with a 7-1 mark, while Kalama falls to 0-14 and 0-8 in league play. Ilwaco will host Stevenson Friday, Jan. 21 at 5:45 p.m.

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