ILWACO - When is the last time the Lady Fishermen scored 30 points in a quarter, had seven players score in one quarter, have six players score in double figures, or have three post double-doubles with a fourth one steal away from also achieving a double-double? Chances are none of those four feats has occurred since modern Ilwaco girls' basketball began in the early 1970s, let alone all four coming in the same game as it did Thursday against a struggling Stevenson team.
The Lady Fishermen roared to a 30-5 first-period advantage and steamed past the Bulldogs 76-26 to clinch a District IV tournament berth.
In the first frame no less than seven Lady Fishermen found the net and for the contest six Ilwaco players scored in double figures, certainly the first time those accomplishments have occurred this century.
Lanie Kary led the parade with 16 points and she added 11 rebounds for her thirteenth double-double of the season. She also dished out five assists and blocked four Bulldog shots for good measure, all in three periods of work. Fellow post players Melanie Bliss and her under-study, Kenzi Wirkkala each scored 10 points and secured 10 rebounds on the night.
Aimee Banuet and Alexa Wirkkala both scored season-high totals of 11 points and each dished out a pair of assists. Vallori Crowston knocked in 10 points and committed larceny nine times including five steals in the first period, while passing for a game-high six assists. Erin Kelly contributed four points and three nifty assists and Ashley Tapio and Marin McDonnell each added two counters to Ilwaco's happy total. Tapio grabbed six rebounds in less than one period of play.
There were 72 turnovers in the contest, with Ilwaco losing the handle 24 times and Stevenson tossing the orb away a whopping 48 times. The Lady Fishermen dominated the glass, securing 63 caroms to 38 for the Bulldogs as the teams combined for 101 rebound opportunities off missed shots.
Ilwaco shot 39 percent from the field, sinking 34 of 87 attempts, but they were only 38 percent from the charity stripe, making a meager eight of 21 tries from 15 feet. Stevenson was an awful 11-50 from the floor (22 percent) and nearly as horrible from the foul line, converting only four of 16 free tosses (25 percent). Fouls were 13 for Ilwaco and 15 for the Bulldogs.
Coach Ned Bittner summed up his team's efforts by saying, "We came out right away and separated ourselves from them. It was nice to have all the girls see playing time and contribute and also clinch a district playoff berth."
Ilwaco is now 6-4 in league play and a lucky 7-11 for the year, while Stevenson plummets to 0-10 in the Trico and is 1-16 overall. Lady Fishermen JV's mauled the Bulldogs 46-18 as Tapio scored 18 points and Cameo Ulbricht chipped in 10.
Ilwaco - Lanie Kary 16, Melany Bliss 10, Aimee Banuet 11, Kenzi Wirkkala 10, Alexa Wirkkala 11, Vallori Crowston 10, Marin McDonnell 2, Erin Kelly 4, Ashley Tapio 2, Cameo Ulbricht, Kady Kirby
Stevenson - Amanda Picklesimer 3, Taylor Mesa 2, Rebekah Hodges 7, Chelsea Zibolsky 5, Sam Chilers 3, Naomi Jaco 4, Deara Canady 2
Lady Rockets whiz past Ilwaco 52-42 in key Trico tiltCASTLE ROCK - The Lady Rockets blasted to a 30-18 lead at half-time and hung on to defeat Ilwaco 52-42 there Tuesday in a key Trico League match-up. Both Lanie Kary for Ilwaco and Lacey Seidl from Castle Rock poured in 19 points, but the Lady Rocket's bench outscored the Lady Fishermen reserves 16-5 to turn the tide.
Castle Rock is now within a half-game of Ilwaco in the race for third place in the league with a 5-5 mark compared to the Lady Fishermen's 5-4 record. Ilwaco is 6-11 on the season, while Castle Rock is even at 9-9 for the year.
Kary continues her string of double-double's in scoring and rebounding as she secured 10 boards to go with her 19 points. Seidl also achieved a double-double as the guard amassed 10 steals in the contest and six assists to go with her 19 point output. Kary made all seven of her free throws, but Ilwaco only went to the line as a team 10 times, converting eight of the charity tosses.
"We picked a bad night to not click," Coach Ned Bittner said. "We had too many lapses on offense, their press and man-to-man pressure defense hurt us. Getting to the foul line only 10 times is one indication that we didn't attack the basket like we are capable of doing. We just didn't play up to our potential tonight and Castle Rock played one of their better games."
Melany Bliss added eight points and six rebounds and Aimee Banuet scored six points from the wing. "Hopefully this is a wake-up call and we will respond better our final league games and in the district tournament," Bittner concluded.
ILWACO - Lanie Kary 19, Melany Bliss 8, Aimee Banuet 6, Kenzi Wirkkala 3, Alexa Wirkkala 2, Vallori Crowston 2, Marin McDonnell 2
CASTLE ROCK - Lacey Seidl 19, Samantha Moore 9, Chelsea Mitchell 5, Kayleigh Klingberg 4, Taviah Jenkins 4, Stormi Grendahl 4, Taylor Swanson 4, Kelsey Bishop 3