NHS Girls Tourney Game 2
SPOKANE - The Naselle Comettes set a record in losing to the Lind-Ritzville Broncos, but it wasn't a record they wanted to have. The record they set was for scoring the fewest points, 18, in a tournament game as they lost to L-R 44-18 in the second day of the Class "B" Tournament. The old record was 20 by Quilcene, scored against Ritzville in 1989.
The Lind Ritzville school combination apparently is large enough to be an "A" school but the WIAA allowed them to play in the "B" league this year and in the tournament. It has worked for L-R, thus far, as they have a 26-0 record going into the semifinals.
The coach for the Tekoa-Oakesdale team, which opposed L-R in the semifinals, was quoted in Spokane's the Spokesman-Review, said, "We're so excited to play Lind-Ritzville. I think its the first time in school history we've played an 'A' school in the 'B' tournament."
Whatever the opposing school's size, NHS would have had problems beating any team considering the way they shot the ball. Naselle only made six of 36 shots for 16.7 percent shooting in the game and they only made one of twenty shots for five percent shooting in the second half. They were only one of eight on their threes and five for eleven on free throws for the game
In their win a day earlier, two of the Comettes, at least, shot well. In this game, no one shot well. Consider these shooting statistics by NHS players who took shots: Two for 14, 2/8, 1/6, 1/4, 0/2, 0/1, and 0/1. It was that kind of day - for whatever the reason.
To be sure, a big part of the NHS scoring drought was the L-R defense which pretty much kept NHS outside of the key area. But even when the Comettes were able to penetrate, they simply could not hit their shots, from the inside or the outside.
Lucy Rubio opened NHS scoring with a hoop off Fritha Davern's assist after Tiffany Starring and Brittney Kubik scored L-R's first four points. Starring, a Lind student who would not have been on the team without the merger of the two schools, was to make all 11 of her points on five-for-five shooting in the first half.
After Rubio's hoop, NHS didn't score again for over five minutes, on a Nora Darcher fast break basket. Abbie Smith also picked up her second foul near the end of the quarter. Davern made one of two free throws as the quarter ended and NHS trailed 11-5 after one quarter
Davern opened the second period with a hoop from a Rubio assist to bring NHS within four points of L-R. The Broncos then proceeded to open the game with a 6-0 run over the next five minutes. The Comettes were not to score again until Darcher hit a trey with 3:05 left. That three-ball was to be Naselle's only one of the game. Davern followed Darcher's hoop with a deuce, matching L-R's two free throws, and it looked as if NHS might finally shake loose.
However, there were no points scored in the last two minutes of the half and L-R's 9-7 quarter sent them into the dressing rooms with a 20-12 half-time lead. From then on, it was all downhill for NHS.
The Broncos came out after the half and methodically ran off ten straight points. The Comettes contributed to their downfall with six missed shots and four turnovers as L-R led 30-12 with under two minutes left in the quarter.
Coach Rob Dalton, desperately looking for something that would work, went to his bench for subs Dawn Herman, Kelli Revis, and Katie Klinger. Finally, at the 1:27 mark, Darcher put Naselle on the board with two free throws. Those two points were to be Darcher's last points of the game, for her team-high seven points, and were NHS's only points of the period. The 12-2 third quarter gave L-R a 32-14 lead after three.
Smith countered the Bronco's score with a hoop a minute into the final period. Tiffany Pauly pulled down a rebound, was fouled, and made one of two tries at the 5:50 mark to make the score 36-17. NHS still had over five minutes to score enough to get over the twenty point barrier.
It wasn't to be. The Broncos scored the next eight points while NHS continued to flail away unsuccessfully. Revis was to make one of two free throws with only 38 seconds left to play and the Comettes' 44-18 loss went into the record books as the lowest losing score in the tournament's 26 year history. Naselle's season record dropped to 23-2 with the loss.
In post game activity, Nora Darcher was awarded one of the WIAA sportsmanship awards.
Naselle 5 7 2 4 - 18
Lind-Ritzville 11 9 12 12 - 44
Naselle (18) - Nora Darcher 7, Fritha Davern 5, Lucy Rubio 2, Abbie Smith 2, Tiffany Pauly 1, Kelli Revis 1, Dawn Herman 0, Katie Klinger 0, Toni Abbott 0, Annie Herrold DNP, Jaimie Hines DNP, Nicole Matthews DNP; FG - 6/36 = .167, 3s - 1/8 = .125, FT - 5/11 = .455; Rebounds (25): Davern 4, Pauly 3, Herman 3, Smith 3, Darcher 3; Assists (5): Davern 2; Steals (8): Rubio 2, Smith 2; Turnovers (21): Rubio 7, Pauly 5, Darcher 4; Fouls (16): Smith 4, Darcher 3, Rubio 3, Revis 3
Lind-Ritzville (44) - Tiffany Starring 11, Crystal Zicha 8, Brittney Kubik 8, Michaela Jezdikova 6, Jessica Heidenreich 4, Vanessa Bailey 2, Liz Bierman 2, Lisa Sackmann 1, Heather Whitman 0, Destry Killian 0; FG - 20/37 = .541, 3s - 0/7 = 0, FT - 4/10 = .400; Rebounds (29): Starring 7, Kubik 5, Whitman 4; Assists (10): Heidenreich 3; Steals (6): Kubik 2, Zicha 2; Turnovers (17): Zicha 3, Jezdikova 3; Fouls (13): Schmunk 4, Heidenreich 2