Lady Pirates plunder Comets by 21 in first half, cruise to 56-34 district win

It was hair and hands as Kayti Nelson (left) tries to secure a loose basketball from an Adna player during the Lady Pirate's 56-34 win in the Comets District IV opening loss in Montesano Saturday.

MONTESANO – Adna led 18-3 after one period and then piled up a 32-11 advantage at intermission on their way to a convincing 56-34 win over Naselle in District IV play at Montesano Saturday, Feb. 12.

“I thought we would be able to handle their full-court press, but I guess I didn’t prepare our girls well at all,” Russ Hickman stated. “The game was over in the first quarter as we turned the ball over numerous times and they hit some big shots to get them going. We switched defenses throughout the game, but nothing seemed to stop Adna as they ran their offensive sets hard. We were a step behind the pass and didn’t rebound well.”

Makenzie Matthews led the Comets with 10 points, a career high for the sophomore guard and Carley Kitzman and Nicole Tarabochia added eight points apiece. Katie Green scored four and Ciara Sandell and Kayti Nelson each chipped in two points.

Tarabochia led the Comets with six rebounds, had two steals and two assists, as did Haleigh See dish out a pair of assists. Kitzman led Naselle with three steals and Taylor Wasmundt, Green, Matthews, and Sandell each had three rebounds.

“I thought our kids did a great job of picking up the speed of the game and pressuring the ball on defense. We forced 20 Adna turnovers, but we had 31 turnovers ourselves,” Hickman said. “Makenzie had a career scoring night with 10 points.”

Naselle is now 15-6 on the season and will play in a loser-out game Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Rochester at 6:30 p.m. against Wahkiakum, a team they defeated twice during the non-league season by an average of 15 points in December.



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