SOUTH BEND — The Lady Comets beat South Bend 38-32 on Wednesday Dec. 7, boosted by deadly shooting from Tayler Ford and a dominant fourth quarter. Ford made four layups and four three-pointers in an 8-of-12, 18-point performance, including the go-ahead layup on an outlet pass from Ellie Chapman.
After the Lady Indians took a 13-6 second-quarter lead, Ford hit her first three-point shot to cut the lead to four. Ellie Chapman intercepted a pass and took it in for a layup, then had another steal and found Amelia Tutu’u in the key for the tying basket. Another three-pointer from Ford gave Naselle a 16-15 lead. Ford’s third three-pointer of the period tied it up again at 19. Tutu’u scored off a baseline out of bounds pass to give the Comets a 21-19 halftime lead.
Ford’s bank shot three gave Naselle its only points of the third quarter. The Comets continued playing strong defense, forcing turnovers and denying easy baskets, but South Bend led 30-24 after three quarters.
Power forward Lilli Zimmerman stepped out beyond the arc and, when South Bend left her alone, drilled a three to cut the lead in half early in the fourth. Chapman intercepted a pass, then launched a one-on-two fast break. She weaved through defenders and got the roll on a tough, contested layup to tie it at 31 with 3:28 to go. Chapman fired a long outlet pass to Ford for the layup and a 33-31 lead with 3:01 remaining.
The Comets led 35-32 entering the final minutes. South Bend failed repeatedly to tie it, missing two three-pointers and committing two turnovers. Naselle inbounded against a full-court press with 20.8 left. South Bend had two fouls to give, giving them three tries to force a turnover. Naselle took care of the ball, inbounding successfully three straight times, and the Indians had to put Hailey Weston at the free throw line with 15.6 seconds left. Weston hit the front end of a one-and-one for a 36-32 Naselle lead.
Chapman forced a jump ball at the other end, giving the Comets possession. She then dribbled through a press and launched a pass to Ford under the basket for a layup to punctuate the win.
NASELLE — Warrenton beat Naselle 52-29 on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Tyla Little got Warrenton going with two three-pointers in the opening 90 seconds, and the Lady Warriors raced to a 27-3 lead by the late second quarter. Ellie Chapman made clear the Comets would fight on, driving heedlessly into traffic, drawing a foul and hitting two free throws late in the first half.
After scoring only five first-half points, Naselle scored six in the first 90 seconds of the third. Tayler Ford beat the defense down court and converted Ellie Chapman’s outlet pass into a basket. On the Comets’ next possession, Chapman drove the length of the court down the sideline, then along the baseline, and found Amelia Tutu’u in the paint for a basket. Chapman pushed the pace again, then fired a pass to Ford, who found Tutu’u for another score. Warrenton remained ahead 31-11.
Later in the period, Ford found Chapman cutting to the basket for an easy two points. Hailey Weston intercepted a pass and broke away for a layup. The Comets won the quarter 14-11, but Warrenton retained a 19 point lead and coasted to the win.
Chapman had seven points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Lilli Zimmerman added nine rebounds.