Lady Fishermen rock Ony 65-34ILWACO - The Lady Fishermen scored 15 unanswered points in the second quarter and sailed to a 38-8 half-time lead on their way to over-powering Onalaska 65-34 Monday in a SW Washington tilt.

"I was happy that right away we put the game out of reach," Coach Ned Bittner said. "We held them to only eight points in the first half with our defense, which is something we have been working on."

Holly Hocking knocked down three "threes" and scored a career-high 15 points, Robyn Unruh added a pair of three-pointers and 10 points, and Ashley Kitzman rolled in 24 points, most of which were from close range. Anna Kitzman and Ariel Barker added seven points apiece in the easy victory.

"We were able to hit shots from the outside and that opened things up inside," Bittner said. At the end of each quarter he was able to substitute liberally. "We had several players get valuable experience and that should help us come District time."

Both Kitzman's and Unruh had three assists each. The Lady Fishermen corralled 45 rebounds to 33 for the Lady Loggers, including a 28-13 edge in the middle two periods. During the 15-0 run in the second quarter Ilwaco forced six turnovers and out-rebounded Ony 9-3. The Lady Fishermen won that period 20-3.

"I think we made a statement tonight," Bittner said. "We wanted to avenge our loss to them earlier in the season." The Lady Loggers upset Ilwaco in December for Ony's only victory of the season in 15 tries.

Ilwaco was 28-71 for 39 percent from the field and but sank only 3-9 from the foul line while the Lady Loggers managed a meager 24 percent success rate on 12-50 from the field and were 6-12 from the free throw stripe.

The Lady Fishermen turned the ball over 19 times to 23 for the visitors and committed 15 fouls to nine for Ony. Ilwaco improves to 5-7 in league and 7-9 overall with four contests remaining before District. The victory assures the Lady Fishermen of a spot in post season.

Onalaska only suited up eight players, including three freshmen. Ninth grader Kaylie Stanley scored nine points and classmate Sarah Petrino added seven while Anna Hall led the visitors with 14 points. There was no JV contest as Onalaska only has the eight girls in their program.

Onalaska - Hall 14, Stanley 9, Petrino 7, Reynoldson 4, Abrahamson

Ilwaco - Hocking 15, Anna Kitzman 7, Ashley Kitzman 24, Barker 7, Unruh 10, Allison Brooks 2, Heather Bartlett, Bonnie Perez, Lanie Kary

White Pass first half avalanche buries Lady Fishermen 66-48

RANDLE - Ashley Kitzman scored 29 points and brought down 18 rebounds, but White Pass used a balanced attack to run away from Ilwaco in the first quarter and sail to a 66-48 SW Washington win over the Lady Fishermen Thursday.

The Panthers pounced on Ilwaco 12-0 to begin the contest and clawed to a 25-12 margin at the end of the first period and a 41-25 lead at intermission. The second half the Lady Fishermen played the second-best team in the SWW nearly even.

Ilwaco, thanks to Kitzman's stellar board work with a season-high 18 caroms, out-rebounded White Pass 47-37. The game hinged on the Panther's ability to score off transition baskets, despite Ilwaco's preparation to stop the fast break.

Coach Ned Bittner said, "They got ahead to begin the game on fast break baskets, even though we worked all week on getting back on defense. Later they hit some key three-point shots just when we were closing in on them."

Uncharacteristically poor free throw shooting by Ilwaco did not help their cause, as they were only able to connect on 7-18 for 38 percent and they were only efficient on 33 percent of their field goal attempts, sinking 20 of 60 tries. The three-point shot had become more of Ilwaco's scoring arsenal in recent games, making 13 of the "beyond the arc" shots in their last two contests, but White Pass held them to only one three-pointer on this night.

"Our energy was up and we handled their man-to-man pressure defense well," Bittner said. "We just did not shoot well from the outside when we needed to."

The Panthers made 23 of their 58 field goal attempts (39 percent) and were 14-22 from the charity stripe for 54 percent. It was the Panthers third game in as many days, yet they had scoring from nine players as their depth and pressing defense and quickness held them in good stead.

Bittner had praise for Robyn Unruh's play at point guard and for Ariel Barker's rebounding and scoring. She hauled in a dozen boards and scored four points. "Ashley Kitzman really stepped up tonight. She rebounded well and had an outstanding game scoring 29 points and blocking five shots," said Bittner.

White Pass is now 11-2 in the SWW and 14-3 overall while Ilwaco is 7-10 overall and 5-8 in league play.

Elmo Wise's junior varsity squad succumbed to the Panther's press and lost 56-26 despite Melanie Bliss's 10 points and the defense and rebounding of Allison Brooks.

Ilwaco - Heather Hocking 4, Anna Kitzman 7, Ashley Kitzman 29, Ariel Barker 4, Robyn Unruh 2, Heather Bartlett 2

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