WARRENTON - "We need to get better at all of the things we worked on," Coach Ned Bittner said after his team defeated Warrenton and Neah-Kah-Nie Monday in two 12-minute quarters of a basketball jamboree. He summed up his team's performance by saying, "We played sloppy."
Ilwaco won the first contest 15-14 over host Warrenton despite shooting 24 percent from the field on 6-25 and was even worse from the field in a 9-6 win over Neah-Kah-Nie, potting a dismal 7 percent of their shots (2-28). The Lady Fishermen out-rebounded Warrenton 25-13, and the Warriors hit only 2 of 11 free throws to cost them a chance to catch Ilwaco. The Lady Fishermen committed 12 turnovers to Warrenton's seven.
In the second contest Neah-Kah-Nie out-boarded Ilwaco 23-18, but only shot 17 percent from the field going 3-18 and missing both of their foul shots. Ilwaco forced 14 turnovers and lost the ball only 7 times, while sinking all four of their free tosses to earn the victory.
Ashley Kitzman and Robyn Unruh each scored 7 points in the first game and Kitzman had six in game 2. Holly Hocking had a point against Warrenton and made 1-6 three-point tries in game 2 for Ilwaco's scoring total. Ariel Barker had 12 rebounds and 5 steals in the two mini-games.
Kitzman was 4-21 from the field, Unruh 3-15, Hocking 1-14, and Heather Bartlett and Barker were 0-3 shooting the basketball. Kitzman was 5-6 from the line and Hocking 1-2.
"We did not play typical to our ability," Bittner said. "We have three days to prepare for our first league game at Toledo. On the positive side, we saw some different teams and will continue to work on fundamentals and conditioning."
The jamboree kicks off a December flurry of athletic contests for Ilwaco High School. The boys and girls basketball teams and the wrestling team will participate in 27 varsity contests in the 27 days between Dec. 2 and Dec. 28.
The boys will host Toledo Thursday, the girls visit Toledo Friday, and wrestlers travel to Clatskanie that same night.