WOODLAND - Woodland waxed the Lady Fishermen by an overwhelming 80-40 margin Friday in Trico-League action. Ilwaco was tied 23-23 with 1:28 remaining in the first half, but it was all Lady Beavers from that juncture as they went on a 57-17 tear.
Coach Glenn Padgett said of his team's first half, "We played a solid and intense 14 and one half minutes. Then we had a couple of questionable calls by the refs."
Padgett was referring to when Woodland scored off an Ilwaco turnover and then converted on a three-point play from a field goal and subsequent foul to take a five-point lead. A three-pointer from beyond the arc by Tara Ward with five seconds to go gave the Lady Beavers an eight-point bulge at intermission.
In the second half it was all Woodland.
"We definitely had a mental letdown after they scored eight points at the end of the half," Padgett said. Ilwaco was still within 10 points midway through the third period, but the Lady Beavers poured it on with a 43-10 binge the final 13 minutes of the lopsided contest.
"Their relentless pressure defense wore us down," the coach explained. "They played 10 or 12 kids and denied our passes to the wings. We weren't able to get the ball inside or even take many shots."
Woodland held Ashley Kitzman to only three field goals the second half as they adjusted to hold the Lady Fishermen's leading scorer in check after she had canned 13 points in the first sixteen minutes.
The Lady Beavers out-rebounded Ilwaco 42-25 and dominated floor play by forcing 31 turnovers for the Lady Fishermen to 13 of their own. Ilwaco was able to hoist up 36 shots, sinking 14 for a 39 percent success rate, and they hit on 11-22 from the charity stripe for a mediocre 50 percent.
Each team was whistled for 21 fouls for the contest. Woodland shot 28-52 for 54 percent and made 20-28 of their free throws for 71 percent as they totally dominated in all team statistical categories.
Katie Holmes and Ashley Fauver each stole the ball twice and had two assists apiece to lead Ilwaco. Kitzman finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
The 40-point defeat was the Lady Fishermen's worst in over a decade and dropped their League mark to 3-2 and moves them to 9-3 for the season. Woodland's Megan Peabody led her team in scoring with 16 points while coming off the bench. Freshmen for the Lady Beavers, including Peabody, scored a total of 35 points in the fray for the winners.
The junior varsity was humbled 68-12 to the talented and deep Woodland JVs. The young Lady Fishermen are now 1-7 on the year.
Ilwaco hosted Trico-leading Ridgefield Tuesday and LaCenter Thursday before making the trek to Stevenson Saturday. All contests are of the league variety. Wednesday, Feb. 4, they will make up a non-league encounter at Morton, a team they defeated on a controversial turn of events in overtime at home earlier in the season.
Ilwaco 13 10 9 8 - 40
Woodland 13 18 16 33 - 80
Ilwaco-Ashley Kitzman 21, Fauver 4, Holmes 4, Robyn Unruh 4, Ariel Barker 4, Holly Hocking 1, Allison Brooks 2, Anna Kitzman, Heather Bartlett.
Woodland-Peabody 16, Ward 14, Beckwith 10, Schang 7, McLendon 9, Wesockes 8, Ashley Kofstad 5, Moore 4, Cochran 4, Alysha Kofstad 2, Trice 1.