ROCHESTER — “We worked hard against Onalaska and we played them tough at first. We did what we could as a team. It just wasn’t enough tonight,” senior forward Levi Wasmundt explained after Naselle dropped a 58-34 decision to Onalaska in a 2B District IV tournament game in Rochester Feb. 13. The loss eliminated the Comets from the tournament and left them short of their goal of a state tournament regional berth.

The Comets started strong as back-to-back baseline jumpers by Chandler Chapman helped put Naselle in the lead 8-4. Onalaska caught up near the end of the quarter and forged ahead 12-11 when disaster struck.

Chapman, who had suffered a pulled hamstring during football season, pulled his hamstring on the other leg as he drove to the basket for the go-ahead score. He tried to come back in the second period, but the injury sidelined him for the remainder of the loser-out contest. From that point on the Loggers employed their vaunted defense and patient offense to buzz by Naselle 46-23, doubling up on the Comets the final three quarters.

With five minutes remaining in the final period Onalaska coach Dennis Bowers substituted liberally as reserves finished out the fray for both squads. Ten Loggers scored and 12 played and all 10 Comets who suited up for the game also saw action, with seven players finding the scoring column. Second-leading scorer and rebounder and assist leader Dustin Eaton did make the trip.

Coach Brian Macy praised, “If you had said we would be 10-10 at the end of the season after our (1-7) start, I would have taken it in a heartbeat.”

Chapman led Naselle with two steals and a blocked shot and also dished out an assist and garnered three rebounds in his brief stint on the court. Sam Scrabeck topped Naselle with 11 points and also had a pair of steals, two assists and four boards. Wasmundt scored six points and gathered in three rebounds.

“We stayed with them the first quarter, but by halftime it was pretty much over. I wish we could have finished better, but each of my teammates did what it took to be better players. It was really disappointing to have to sit out most of the last game I’ll play in high school,” Chapman related.

Cole Bergeson scored a season-high five points for the varsity and dished out two assists. Skyler York contributed two points and a pair of rebounds and Zimmerman secured five caroms to lead Naselle in the rebounding department. Tony Lopez dished out an assist and Jake Williams scored two points. Adrian Corona scored twice, snared three rebounds, had an assist and pilfered a steal.

“I had a tough time making my shots go in tonight. Our team improved a lot this year, but I wished we could have played better at district,” Zimmerman stated.

The Comets were cold from the floor, sinking 25 percent of their attempts (14-57) including making only 2-16 from beyond the three-point arc for 16 percent. Naselle was 4-6 from the line, while Onalaska was 15-19 from the charity stripe (79 percent). The Loggers were on fire from the field, making 20-42 shots for 48 percent, including three treys.

Travis McMillion scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Brandon Fritch added 13 points for Onalaska. The Loggers rambled to a 28-14 lead at halftime after putting the game on ice with a 16-3 outburst in the second period.

Onalaska out-rebounded the Comets 37-28 and both teams turned the basketball over a dozen times. Naselle was whistled for 15 fouls to 11 for Onalaska. The Loggers improved to 18-4 after finishing second in the Central League, while the Comets finish their season at 10-12 after claiming fourth in the Pacific League.

Naselle 11 3 9 11 — 34

Onalsaka 12 16 19 11 — 58

NASELLE — David Blaylock, Adrian Corona 2, Jake Williams 2, Sam Scrabeck 11, Chandler Chapman 6, Tony Lopez, Levi Wasmundt 6, Calvin Zimmerman, Skyler York 2, Cole Bergeson 5

ONALASKA — Travis McMillions 20, Brandon Fritch 13, Jonathon Smalley 5, Chayse Taylor 4, Trevor Lawrence 4, Wyatt Anderson 3, Trenton Neilson 3, Jared Wilson 2, Calvin Bruton 2, Jacob Modica 2, Gabe Hall, Matt Long

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