LACEY - Naselle couldn't buy a basket and Northwest Christian "put us on our heels" according to Comets Coach Russ Hickman after the Lady Navigators plotted a 41-29 Pacific 2B victory in Lacey Tuesday, Jan. 18. The loss was Naselle's first of the season in league play and Northwest Christian improves to 4-4 in the Pacific.
"We can't seem to get focused long enough to sustain our offense. Turnovers, lack of execution and a fired up Navigator squad did us in," Hickman said.
"Our defense wasn't too bad, but we had too many missed opportunities on the glass by not blocking out. They killed us on the boards and beat us to spots and it seemed like they picked up every loose ball. Still, we had a chance in the fourth quarter, but they hit some big shots down the stretch to pull away," Hickman stated.
The Comets managed only two points the third period, but held the home team to only four in that quarter. Naselle trailed by only one point at 10-9 after one frame and were within six with about four minutes to play in the contest.
Carley Kitzman led Naselle with 13 points and had eight rebounds and four steals. Nicole Tarabochia added eight points, four boards, and a pair of steals and Taylor Wasmundt played a solid all-around game by scoring six, nabbing five steals, four rebounds, and dishing out four assists. Makenzie Matthews tallied two points.
Naselle is now 12-4 on the season and is neck-and-neck with North Beach in the Pacific as both teams have one loss in league play with four games to play.