OLYMPIA - Coach Bobby Torppa explained, "It could have been a case of back-to-back long road trips, but tonight we did not respond well to Northwest Christian's athleticism and defensive pressure after the first quarter." The result was a 58-32 win for the Lady Navigators to end the Pacific 2B season Thursday for both squads.
The Comets were tied after one period at 7-7, but NWC doubled up on them 51-25 the rest of the way to earn the lopsided victory. Nicole Tarabochia led Naselle with 11 points, Emily Greene scored eight, Taylor Wasmundt added five, Jerrica Juarez and Nicole Laney finished with three each and Shelby Leeland two points. Fox with 20 and Twiddy with 14 led the home team in scoring.
NWC was hot from the field, making 26-50 shots for a scorching 50 percent, but they converted on only 5-10 from the foul line. Naselle was 10-47 from the floor for only 21 percent as their shooting woes continue, but they made 10-18 from the charity stripe for 56 percent. The Comets pulled down 27 rebounds, led by Green's seven caroms, but the Lady Navigators found their way to 40 boards.
Naselle had 15 steals, led by Laney's five and Tarabochia's four thefts, while the Comets turned the basketball over but 12 times. Naselle finishes the reguar season with a 6-14 mark and they are 4-8 in league play and in fifth place.
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Naselle - Laney 3, Green 8, Leeland 2, Tarabochia 11, Wasmundt 5, Juarez 3
Northwest Christian - Bodine 2, Twiddy 14, Fox 20, Erica Wagner 8, Courtney Edwards 6, Mailhot 1, Lockett 2, Barr 5
North Beach downs Comets, 45-36OYEHUT - Naselle girls basketball team's weakness all season has been poor shooting and it again cost them a Pacific 2B game at North Beach Wednesday night 45-36. The Comets connected on only 11 of 68 tries from the field for 16 percent and only made 11 of 30 free throws (37 percent) in the loss to the Lady Hyaks.
Naselle fell behind North Beach 27-16 at intermission and although they out-scored the Lady Hyaks in the second half 20-18, it was too little, too late. North Beach was 19-58 from the field (33 percent) and 7-16 from the line (44 percent). Had Naselle shot those not-too-lofty percentages they would have scored at least 57 points. The Comets did pop in four three-pointers in the game.
North Beach won the rebound battle, but Naselle forced far more turnovers, as defense has been the Comets' strong point all season. Kaelee Dearmore missed the contest due to illness and "would have definitely helped against North Beach's size inside" according to assistant coach Greg Nelson. The Lady Hyaks finish 7-5 and in third place in the Pacific and 11-9 for the season, while Naselle is 4-7 in league play and 6-13 overall.
Emily Green scored a game-high 15 points, with much of her success coming from behind the arc, while Shelby Leeland, Orianne Condon and Lindsey O'Kelley chipped in six points apiece. Nicole Laney added two and Taylor Wasmundt one point. Naselle has allowed just under 45 points per game on the season, but their scoring average after 19 games is only 37.8, nearly matching the totals of this contest.
The JV's lost 20-16 in one half of play due to the number of girls out with the flu. Haleigh See led in scoring for Naselle with eight points.
North Beach - Makinson 4, Werner 3, Laranang, Thatcher 11, Weidman 4, Watson, McCrory 13, Mosley
Naselle - Laney 2, Green 15, Leeland 6, Condon 6, Wasmundt 1, O'Kelley 6