NASELLE - Playing the fifth ranked team in the state of Oregon's 2A division boys, was not conducive to a win for the Naselle Comets.
The young Comets were soundly beaten by the tall, experienced Warriors, 70-31 in the Naselle gym Monday, Dec. 15. The loss dropped Naselle's overall record to 1-4 at that time.
The Naselle shooters were led by Ricky Johnson and Aoy Marion, each with 8 points. In contrast, four Warriors were in double figures, led by Brandon Engebretsen with 18.
Part of the scoring discrepancy could be blamed on the difference in shooting percentages. The Comets shot an anemic 26 percent while the Warriors clicked on 41 percent of their shots.
Two equally telling statistics were rebounds, where Warrenton led 50 to 26, partially resulting in the Warriors putting up 74 shots to 58 by the Comets.
Even though the Comets were almost doubled in the rebounding department, Evan Hendrickson with 7 boards and Ricky Johnson with 6 recoveries, turned in good rebounding efforts.
NHS fell behind steadily, only trailing 10-4 after one quarter, but losing ground badly as the Warriors went on a 29-8 second quarter binge to lead 39-12 at the half. The Comets, still unable to score after intermission, could only manage to get four points in the third period while Warrenton tallied 12 to lead 51-38 after three. The Comets finally got into double figures in the fourth period, as Warrenton won the battle 19-13, for their 70-31 win.
"We were outmanned and weren't ready for that (level of play)," said Naselle coach Ryan Bjornsgard. "It pleased me that we kept up our effort right through the fourth quarter. It gave us something to build on."
Warrenton 10 29 12 19 - 70
Naselle 4 8 4 13 - 31
Warrenton (70) - Brandon Engebretsen 18, McBride 12, Gantenbein 10, Beecham 10, Mullins 8, Diego 6, Smith 6, Bjork 4; Shooting: FG - 30 of 74 (41 percent), 3's - 1 of 9, FT - 9 of 16, Rebounds (50)
Naselle (31) - Ricky Johnson 8, Aoy Marion 8, Queener 4, Hendrickson 3, Mendoza 2, P. Perez 2, R. Torppa 2, White 2, P. Torppa, Williams, McGuire; Shooting: FG's - 15 of 58 (26 percent), 3's - 1 of 17, FT - 0 of 6; Rebounds (26): Hendrickson 7, Johnson 6